This past weekend we celebrated our annual Fall Celebration.
This “holiday” is the only consistent one that we host and with just immediate family we had four tables set for 30 people. The first annual Fall Celebration had 4 people in attendance. My how we’ve grown!
I would love to host friends but feasibly it’s getting challenging!
This year we added a bit of a French influence serving the most comforting dish- Beef Bourguignon
Thankfully, our family is very helpful and everyone brought fall dishes to complete the meal. Here is our menu, which actually doesn’t do justice to a few of the dishes, because the salads were both perfectly fall inspired, and the caramel apple poke cake brought by The Closet Hippo was festivly delicious.
I enjoy setting the scene with a great fall inspired table. As much as the food is important, I feel like a well set table sets the mood for a special evening.
This year we had two tables set for 15 a piece. It’s a challenge to create a centerpiece for such gigantic tables. We literally raided our backyard, refrigerator, and cupboards to create a very low cost option. Leftover stumps from a tree we cut down, cut decorative grasses, mason jars, apples, hazelnuts, fallen leaves, and pumpkins from the pumpkin patch came together to make a very sweet and rustic table setting. I always cover the mismatched tables with brown packaging paper to create one long seamless looking table.
Even in our big family we tend to sit by the same people each time we get together, so this year I used Target dollar section party favor bags filled with candy corns as place markers, mixing up our usual and maybe “comfortable” typical groupings. Kids and adults were also seated at the same tables, no kids table this year, which I think helped keep things from getting too chaotic, which is easy when there are 10+ kids.
Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and the food was delicious. Mark that check next to the 16th annual Fall Celebration.