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