Pinterest Picks: Simple Fall Entertaining Inspiration

Several of my fondest memories over the years were created at my Aunt’s home during the Thanksgiving holiday. Inevitably she would ask me if I’d like to take out her special China and then decorate the table in some festive manner. I always jumped at the chance, and since the weather is balmy in California that time of year, I’d head outside to forage around the neighborhood for pretty natural touches of Fall to incorporate into the decor.

One year I made a wreath of branches and berries suspended from her dining room light fixture, and another year she drove me to the store to pick up a gold paint pen so I could write our family members names onto colored fall leaves to place around the table. She never balked at my ideas or cringed while I carried piles of wet leaves in through her kitchen. And so, even more memorable than any of the decorations I made, is just how special my Aunt made me feel for what I created. She always saw something in my creativity that I had a hard time seeing myself, and I can honestly say that she is a huge part of who I am today and why I love creating with my hands as much as I do. She also took an interest in my blog…even from the very beginning when other people were just scratching their head and asking “What’s a blaaahg?” She just got it, and has always made me feel like what I am doing matters. So if you’re reading today Caroline…thank you and I love you so much!

So as you might have guessed, my trip down memory lane prompted today’s collection of easy Fall entertaining ideas that I’ve been gathering over on Pinterest. The best part about these pretties is how truly simple they are. You don’t need to be a Martha to add festive touches to your next Autumnal party. Just a sprig of berries placed on the napkin at each place setting would be gorgeous! I hope you’ll feel inspired to try one of these ideas, or another idea you’ve been wanting to tackle sometime during this Fall season. xo Ez

DECORATE: 1. Fabric and Book Paper Bunting (via) | 2. DIY Washi Tape Votive Candles (via) | 3. Chalk Paint Pumpkins (via)

SET: 4. DIY Rustic Napkin Rings | 5. Woodland Table Decor (via) | 6. Leaf Placecard (via)

SERVE: 7. Corn and Butternut Squash Chowder | 8. Cheddar Cheese Biscuits (via) | 9. Simple Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifles (via)

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14 Comments

  1. Stephanie / / Reply

    This is lovely! This looks exactly how I feel right now. I want to put that washi tape on everything.

  2. Elizabeth / / Reply

    The painted pumpkins! So cute.
    I absolutely love your story about your aunt. As an aunt myself I really hope that I can be someone who inspires and fosters creativity in the lives of my nieces and nephews. I know I wouldn't be the same if I hadn't had people doing that for me.

  3. Ann Martin / / Reply

    What a lovely story about your aunt who helped you embrace your creativity. I had a special aunt too, so understand your gratitude. As always, I leave your site feeling inspired – such beautiful photos!

  4. Danielle / / Reply

    I've been a reader for a long time but I think this is the first time I've ever commented. I just love this post! Reading it gave me the warm and fuzzies and I think it's great that you're able to share your sentiments with your aunt (and us!) through your blog, which by the way is beautiful. Happy October!

  5. Ez / / Reply

    Thank you all for your sweet comments!
    @Emily – Me too…cheese biscuits make my heart sing.
    @Elizabeth – I bet that is exactly the kind of Aunt you are. Your nieces and nephews are lucky in deed!
    @Ann – How fortunate we both are to have such wonderful and inspiring women in our lives! Three cheers for awesome aunts!!!
    @Danielle – Thank you so much for reading my blog and for commenting today. You made my week!
    xo Ez

  6. Katie / / Reply

    This post just made me grin. It's so wonderful to have someone who supports and believes in you!

    and of course, all the pretty pictures and ideas are making me want to decorate my new apartment for fall. I might start with bunting like you did in this post!

  7. Trude / / Reply

    What a sweet tribute to her! It's amazing what a supportive and interested adult can do for a kid's foundation. :) Love that leaf idea, my parents have a giant magnolia tree out front that we've never really incorporated into any decor!

  8. Caroline / / Reply

    I'm so shocked at myself for missing this post! Thank you for your loving thoughts and words! I love you so much and believe in you and your awesome abilities! xox

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