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Fall Pumpkin Celebration + DIY Inspiration

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This fabulous Pumpkin Celebration by Katie of Katie Grace Designs was also created for The City Cradle’s fall celebration challenge… how fun & CREATIVE is this?!! Katie did such a great job and there is SO much great DIY inspiration to be found here. Added bonus: she’s posted step by step tutorials for the yummy Pumpkin Trifle, the Fabric Backdrops for the tables, and those ridiculously cool Pinecone Chandeliers on her blog!

A few more details I’m loving here: dessert “stands” made from hay bales (which I just saw on sale at Michael’s!), a “Falling Tea Leaf” bar (full details below), pinecone cupcake toppers, adorable mini pumpkin pies, pumpkin trifles served in decorated mason jars, and a clever fall banner utilizing burlap backing for the letters.



Cupcake Toppers:
“The cupcake toppers were made by taking small pinecones and spray painting them orange and gluing them onto different grapevine sticks. I really was going for a rustic cupcake topper and I think these definitely achieved that look.

“Falling Tea Leaf” Bar:
This was my favorite part of the party! What better way to celebrate fall than to sit outside and drink hot tea?!

The “tree” was made from natural colored Manzanita branches… I bought several different flavors of tea, then took the individual tea bags and wrapped them with orange burlap. Each of the tea bag were labeled with their flavor then hung throughout the tree. I set out two carafes with hot water + spices and milk for people to spice up their tea. I made orange burlap sleeves for the styrofoam cups to add some detail. The chalkboard was stuck in the hay bale to instruct the guests of what to do. I had friends over for this and I have to say both the guys and girls LOVED it! I actually overheard three guys debating on which flavored tea was better.

Table Centerpiece:
Fresh orange daisies arranged with hay, pinecones, moss placed in a fun container found at a flea market.

Pumpkin Food Labels:
The pumpkins that I used for food labels I purchased from T.J.Maxx and were in the Seasonal Section. I cut a slit in the pumpkin stem to make them label holders.

Mini Pumpkin Pies:
The recipe for these miniature pumpkin pies came from the amazing Bakerella. I cut out two pumpkin shape crusts and molded them together to make the crust shape. I LOVED the way these cuties turned out!

Cinnamon Popcorn Balls:
Isn’t everything cuter on a stick?! I made up this recipe and for the most part and they turned out really yummy and looked really cute until I looked over and they were falling apart. I have to fiddle with this recipe before I share it. But at least we captured a photo!”

– Hay bales, pumpkins on dessert table, mason jars – Hobby Lobby
– Michael Miller orange flower fabric behind tea table – HbFabrics on Etsy
– Brown tablecloths (which are actually bed coverlets) – Urban Outfitters
– Mini pumpkins that I used for food label holders – T.J. Maxx


Photo Credit: Kristen J. Portraiture

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

8 responses to “Fall Pumpkin Celebration + DIY Inspiration”

  1. Lisa says:

    omg. This is soooo cute!! I can’t wait to try to make that pinecone chandelier but in Christmas colors to match our house!

  2. Bird says:

    The attention to detail is just breathtaking!!!

  3. says:

    I have got to teach this to the older kids at my site…

  4. Tanya says:

    Ah! So much fun stuff where do I begin?

  5. Annia says:

    Very well thought of which is why it turned out so fine. Love it!

  6. Love the Pine Cone Chandelier … awesome fall tablescape.

  7. Cayden says:

    Hey, that post leaves me feeling fosolih. Kudos to you!

  8. Way too cute!! Love that FALL sign!