Fall is hands down my very favorite season! Don’t get me wrong, I love the sunny beach in summer, and love skiing with my kids in winter, Spring I hate, it’s wet and lame, but Fall…. ahhh, I just love it! Here in Bucks County it actually feels like fall already- cold nights, cool mornings, warm afternoons. It’s perfection! Since I love fall and love our patio and fire pit , I thought a Fall Nights Party with some of my girlfriends was in order!
Once I had my party in mind, I teamed up with Tuesday Morning to put it all together. Pretty recently we got a new location near us, so I was excited to check it out! (You can use this store locator to find a location near you) Kenzie and I had a blast picking out what we needed for the party (she was a little salty that she was helping me prep for a party she wasn’t invited to- I told her it was a character-building experience! ha!) It was kind of like treasure hunting because we didn’t know what each aisle would bring and it’s always fun exploring a new store (especially one filled with home decor items!!)
I didn’t go into Tuesday Morning with a very clear vision of what I had planned, but I knew something would jump out at me. As soon as I saw this lilim outdoor rug- I knew what my style and color palette would be! Isn’t it great!?! My old outdoor rug was torn to shreds and was pretty much a disaster, so I was thrilled to score this baby! It served as the backdrop for our fire pit and the inspiration for all my decor choices!
I’m in a small group Bible study with a great group of girls and usually we meet at a different location, but for this week I invited them all here for my Fall Nights Party! I love a good GNO and it doesn’t have to be hard to pull together a really fun, themed one!
Before I got into the fun stuff…food and decor, I had to think practically for a minute. It’s getting chilly here on the East Coast at night! I want my gal pals to stick around for a while, so I picked up a couple super-soft blankets that were really inexpensive at Tuesday Morning, so I don’t mind using them outside! I grabbed a few hay bales for extra seating- just in case anyone wants the full, rustic, outdoorsy experience! Apparently, my puppy Wellesley thought it looked too comfy not to try out!
I knew a S’mores bar was in order, so I picked up all the necessities (and even some fun extras) and used various containers that I’d picked up from Tuesday Morning to put it all together in a pretty cute set-up. The rusted, metal bin was a steal and will work great after the party as part of my fall decor around the house.
I know that as a DIY blogger, it’s assumed that I DIY everything in my life, but Tuesday Morning had this pre-made cupcake wrapper and topper kit, so there was no need to DIY these babies. Get this- I even bought cupcakes at the supermarket and jazzed them up too! I scraped off the sprinkles, added some crushed graham cracker crumbs, put a block of chocolate and half a marshmallow and voila! That’s called semi-DIY my friends and it’s easy and awesome!
I picked up mums from our local Produce Junction (8 mums for $6!! Insane!) and used craft supplies I picked up from Tuesday Morning to fancy them up a bit. I didn’t want to have to plant each one in a container, because I’ll put them in the ground eventually, but I wanted them to look nice on the table. I picked up some coordinated paper packs and simply wrapped the plastic containers in scrapbook paper.
Tuesday Morning had some great paper products. I was so impressed by all the styles they had to offer. Faux bois napkins? Yes Please! I bought a bunch of cute paper products and also got some mugs and plates that I’ll use seasonally. Chilly fall nights call for Hot Cocoa for sure!
Back to school is such a fun and busy time time, but don’t let it be all about the kids and forget to take some time to connect with your friends! I know that for me, “mommy time” aka time away from my 4 kids, makes me a much better mom! Next week Jess and I are actually headed on a BFF Caribbean beach week getaway, so I just keep telling Eric how awesome of a mom I’m gonna be after that! Ha! But seriously, take some time to hang with your girls this fall. Hopefully my little shindig has inspired you, and you’ll be hosting your own Fall Nights party!
Tuesday Morning wants to help you with your get together, so they’re giving away a $50 Gift Card to one lucky EC2 Reader!
There are a few ways to enter, but I want to know- what kind of party would you want to throw this fall?