Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween Dinner Party: Midnight in the Garden

Halloween can be pretty gross, over-the-top, and just plain cheesy.   Don't know about you, but that's not quit my thing.  I like dark and moody or light hearted and fun.  This dinner party falls into the moody camp.  I love that Cassandra Lavalle of Coco & Kelley took her inspiration from the over grown mansion of Miss Havisham in Great Expectations.  If I were to close my eyes and envision the setting in Miss Havisham's home, this would be extremely close to this.  Cassandra nailed it!
 Descendant and creepy all at the same time was created by combining lots of lush greens set against a black back drop and filled in with old candleabras and serving pieces.
 Incorporating rich decadent food displays is really perfect for this look.  It adds a bit of color but doesn't take away from the dark mood.
 Black candles and pots help ground the space.  It's the little things that make the difference.
 There's nothing overtly Halloween here, I guess that's why I'm drawn to this.  Cassandra was very careful in her decor selections.  No skulls and bats. Here's my take away; looking past the obvious can take your inspiration in a very original direction.  
 At first glance I didn't notice these cobwebs.  Perfectly eerie!
photography by julie harmsen // art direction by cassandra lavalle for coco+kelley
*special thanks to choice linens // ravenna gardens

Monday, October 13, 2014

30th Campout Party!

It's rainy & cold here in Illinois.  An indoor camping themed party sounds just about right, don't you think?  This party is completely grown up & filled with delicious ideas!  Snuggle in and and enjoy all the campy goodness!
 I've seen several smore dessert tables but this one takes the idea to a whole new level!  Oh my goodness, check out these options!  
 So what makes this table so fabulous?  For one, the black background is a must.  It gives this look a dark moody feel which is perfect since it's indoor rather the out.  All the natural wood elements also create a simple cohesive look so the food really becomes the star.  When I think of smores & think of outdoors, campfires, and yummy goodness.  A more subtle take on the smore is the colors they've used.  Everything says SMORE!
 So my take away from this party is this; if you have a simple idea, go nuts with it.  Think of every way to expand on that idea & have fun!

Photography Fox & Fallow | Photobooth BoothPics | Event Planning & Styling Perfectly Sweet | Decorations Perfectly Sweet | Floral Styling Perfectly Sweet | Hire Items The One Day House, Confetti & Cake, Perfectly Sweet + Fox & Fallow | Event Venue Private Residence | Catering + Drinks Canapes by Mint Foods, Sweets by Velvetier, American Pale Ale by Band of Brews + Sunshine Coast Brewers Club, Cocktails + Comfort Food by Fox & Fallow | Chalk Art Fox & Fallow

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Growing Kids in Christ - Sunday School Appreciation Dinner


Decorating with a purpose, that's something I love to do.  This year for the centerpieces I found my inspiration through the purpose of Sunday School.  We teach our children to plant & grow them in Christ.  Simple but a great reminder.  The centerpieces were created to bring this concept home.  Table 1, work the ground.  Table 2, plant the seed.  Table 3, water the seed.  Table 4, bring in the harvest.   That last one is the goal, winning kids for Christ.  Of course I had a little fun with the gardening concept.  Hope you enjoy

 I knew I wanted the verses, graphics, and produce to be the focal point so most of the accessories where kept neutral.  My local garden store had neutral clay pots and even those cute biodegradable pots and plant flats.  Really inexpensive & a fun way to display smaller items.
I wanted to do a place card so I found small paper favor bags.  It was the right size to hold the napkin & straw.  Cute and simple
One of my favorite verses was used on the watering table.  Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.  Love this part!  For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building (1 Corinthians 2:6).
I've said it before and I'll say it again.  Produce is so beautiful on it's own, our God is pretty amazing!
Photography/Styling/Hand Written Signs & Drawings:  Mindy Kaisner @ Modern Mindy