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Fabulous Fall Party by Joyful Weddings

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Event planner & “seasonal party” guru Courtney Toney is back with another gorgeous fall get-together to share! (Click here to check out her 2008 fall party.)

From the vibrant sunflowers, custom fall banners, and creative mason jar candles to earthy details like twigs & raffia, there’s so much great party inspiration here for everything from Thanksgiving dinner to Autumn cocktail parties!

fall party ideas

fall party ideas

Read on for TONS of lovely pictures and and all the DIY details, as told by Courtney herself…


A few weeks ago, we had our second annual Fall Party. I went for a bit of a different feel with the decor this year and loved the result! Here is a glimpse into our festivities, with photos by the wonderful Jenetta Lea Penner

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For this year’s decor, I found a few fabrics I loved from the Arcadia Line and built much of the design around that. I made a banner for our front porch and a larger matching one for our living room…

fall & thanksgiving party ideas

fall & thanksgiving party ideas

I got all of the flowers at our town’s Famers Market. I especially love the pumpkin branches!

fall & thanksgiving party ideas

fall & thanksgiving party ideas

I used the fabric throughout the decor. The little bottle tree below was one of my favorite pieces:

fall & thanksgiving party ideas

fall & thanksgiving party ideas

We have a large back porch, so we seated everyone outside. I went for a more rustic feel this year, utilizing mason jars, twine, bundles of sticks tied with fabric and organic feeling flowers. (Also see images 2 & 3, at top)

fall & thanksgiving party ideas

fall & thanksgiving party ideas

All linens were from Fusion Linens, with the exception of the brown linen overlay which I scored at Target for $7!

Here’s part of the food table set up (without any food yet!):

fall & thanksgiving party ideas

I filled a train trunk with wooden utensils by Paper Cup Design, purchased at Anthropologie, and eco friendly paper plates from Target.

fall & thanksgiving party ideas

I created a little dessert station on my vintage ironing board:

fall & thanksgiving party ideas

A little candy corn and pumpkins to start Fall off right, placed in cut mini cupcake cups from Layer Cake Shop:

fall & thanksgiving party ideas

I baked these cookies using my new favorite sugar cookie recipe, found on the Blonde Designs blog:

fall & thanksgiving party ideas

The rest of the menu included: cheese and crackers, risotto, salad, yummy bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, apple pie, homemade whipped cream and homemade apple cider.”

fall & thanksgiving party ideas


Thanks for this fabulous new dose of fall entertaining inspiration, Courtney! Looking forward to your Winter recap already! =)

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19 responses to “Fabulous Fall Party by Joyful Weddings”

  1. Kati says:

    Wow – this is gorgeous! I adore the fabrics and flower arrangements!

  2. Thanks so much for featuring our party and for your sweet words! It always gives me a big smile when I get to see my work on your wonderful blog!

  3. Sandy says:

    Love the flowers…the pumpkin branches are so cute!!

  4. Liz says:

    Oh wow… I’m loving all this great inspiration!

  5. Ashlan says:

    I am loving these party decorations. That sunflower arrangement is gorgeous! I LOVE fall and this makes me even more excited for it!

  6. Jess says:

    Oooh I love it! Very pretty! Thanks for sharing!

  7. batterien says:

    Is there anything else better than this? My answer is “NO”.

  8. Amanda Formaro says:

    Stunning, absolutely stunning! :)

  9. Joanna @lets entertain says:

    Oh I’ve been waiting for this!! I fell in love with Courtney’s fall party last year!! This one is equally as fabulous. So many great ideas! Makes me want to start this tradition!

  10. Daisies Of Our Lives says:

    LOVE the banner! Where can I find those letters to make my own???

  11. Alice Wilson says:

    Love the decorations and beautiful centerpieces. What a great tradition! I work with ReadyMade magazine and thought you may be interested in checking out some of their diy ideas
    as well.

  12. Robin says:

    I actually hosted a Fall party this past weekend becase I had remembered the 2008 post! I love your banners, I will have to remember them for next year.

  13. I love the simple jar votive and the use real leaves as a centerpiece.

  14. Neelam says:

    Great inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Greta says:

    Thanks so much for mentioning our website your party looks wonderful! Love your blog!

  16. judi says:

    I suppose you could print those letters out in a large font on legal paper and then use that as a pattern for whatever medium/material you choose to use. I would be just as interested to find out if those letters were available in wood.

  17. Janice says:

    Fall is my favorite season! I love everything about this party!

  18. cristine says:

    Great site! Thanks for sharing

  19. Shop Flowers says:

    Beautiful ideas for fall parties. I like the candles in the mason jars. Pictures are amazing.