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Think outside the pumpkin! Erin Ethier (sparkleandhay.com) shares clever ways to add a seasonal touch to your fall bash.
1. USE EDIBLES.
Incorporate seasonal vegetables, including cabbages, eggplants, and purple artichokes, into your centerpieces.
2. COVER UP.
Bare shoulders are so two-months ago. Signal the climate change with a cardigan or shrug.
3. GET FIRED UP.
If your venue allows it, arrange a post-dinner bonfire—fab for marshmallow-toasting and a DIY s'mores station.
4. LET THERE BE LIGHT!
Warm up your decor by clustering candlelit jelly jars and lanterns around the party.
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5. GET COZY DURING COCKTAILS.
Spiked cider (presented in a cored apple) or hot toddies and Irish coffee (served in glass mugs) are the perfect way to chase away that autumn chill.
6. CHOOSE RICH COLORS.
Hues like deep reds, golds, rusts, and purples are just right for this time of year.
7. THINK FALL FAVORS.
Send friends and family home with a potted fir sapling, a custom blend of herbs and spices, a caramel candy apple, a mini bottle of maple syrup, or an assortment of loose-leaf teas.
8. CUT THE PIE.
Instead of a lavish (and pricey) wedding cake, serve multiple flavors of pie (apple, pecan, blackberry). Your guests will adore all the delish options—and you'll love the moolah you save.