fall gathering 2011

November 28, 2011

The night before we left town for our week long Thanksgiving trip
we had our annual fall gathering.
This tradition started 3 years ago when we first moved into our new place.
It was the fall season when I was ready to have a little open house
with friends so we celebrated with a glass of wine
and some yummy fall snacks.
And now my friends hold me to it every year. :)
We like to keep it small and intimate,
with just a few couples we are really close with
and whom we do not get to see often enough.
My husband and I look forward to this kid-free,
uninterrupted night of food, drink and conversation every year.

Even though its a casual night, I always do invitations because
there's just something special about being invited to something
with an actual paper invitation, and handmade is even better.

Here is what I did this year...
I was inspired by birthday invitations by Emily at the jones design company.
I wanted to go with a turquoise and copper theme this year,
something different from the traditional oranges & browns,
so of course the color scheme needed to be tied into the invites.
After getting the inspiration I needed,
I looked high and low for copper colored tissue paper I could fold and stitch.
When that was impossible to find I decided copper colored fabric
gathered into a ruffle and sewed onto the cardstock would work just fine. :)
I am always TERRIBLE at taking photos
of these gathering, especially once the party starts,
so this is all I have of my table this year.
It wasn't amazing by any definition of the word,
but again, once the party starts all I care about is eating good food
and chatting with good friends. :)
One of my favorite treats I make every year is Chai Spice Cookies,
recipe given by this sweet lady.
And something else a party {or "gathering" in this case}
must have is favors.
This year it was the homemade chai spice tea
that I can't seem to get enough of right now.
{delicious recipe from my sister-in-law}
I scooped it into mini mason jars
(jam jars maybe?)
cut some paper for the tops and tied with a ribbon
and tag with instructions.


Almost through all of my fall posts!
December will officially be here on Thursday!! :)


Allyson said...

dig the knife in a little deeper, why don't ya. =) totally kidding. SO bummed i couldn't make it this year. i will celebrate fall with you doubly next year. you are truly the hostess with the mostess!

Tracy said...

You're so creative! Love seeing what you put together (and thanks for the shout-out).

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