Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fall in love with Autumn: Recipes, Crafts and more!

We love fall. It's the time when we start scheming about the holidays, (okay, okay...we start scheming long before fall but we are event planners, so you can't blame us!)  buying gifts, picking out Halloween costumes, decorating our homes and getting ready for the chilly, brisk, fresh fall weather. We're so excited about Fall...stay tuned for blogs about how to spice up your Halloween and Thanksgiving! For now, we've turned to some of our great inspirations...from Martha Stewart to Bethanny Frankel, to give us the low down on how to make this season festive and beautiful.

Our Favorite Fall Crafts:  This gorgeous vintage leaf wreath (on left) come from Martha and is an easy and beautiful door wreath. For directions on how to make it, go here. 
Vintage Paper Leaf WreathPumpkin Chandeliers
On the right is another stunning craft...the pumpkin chandelier. For the step by step instructions, go here.
Both of these are great twists on traditional decorations, and both have charm and a more grown-up attitude rather than a fun, kid friendly vibe. Enjoy making them!
Fave Fall Recipes: Mmmmmm is it just us, or does Autumn remind you of fresh, baked goods? It's the time of the year when we get all cozy and warm and allow ourselves to munch on comfort food. For this reason, we love Bethanny Frankel's banana bread recipe, so yummy and satisfying!
Shepherd's PiesCheck out the recipe here. 
Mmmm...shepard's pie. There's something so wholesome about eating what's in season, and potatoes are definitely on the radar for fall. Check out this totally yummy savory shepard's pie recipe from Martha Stewart... 

Native American Pumpkin Stew...or, Three Sister's Stew:
Wow, this stew looks AMAZING.  It includes some seriously scrumptious fall flavors. Check out the recipe here, which also includes lots of other pumpkin inspired treats, like muffins, bread and more...
Well, Rachel Ray has some pretty incredible dessert recipes, but this one (on left) looks super-sweet. She calls it her Mom's Baked Apples and it sure does look super delish. Go here for the recipe
My Mom's Baked Apples

Oooohhh..check out that pumpkin cheesecake with the praline topping from Nuts are one of those healthy snacks that can turn decadent when  you pair them with a dessert. Get the recipe here.

Our fave Autumnal-Decor: The gourd garland. So, this is a little more earthy that the style over here at DJS Events, but a lot of our clients have barns where they keep their horses or plentiful outdoor space where over the top decorating would just look out of place. These are simple to make. Find the directions here at Martha, oh do we EVER love Martha!
Gourd GarlandPumpkin Sconce

Turn that Jack-O-Lantern into something a little sophisticated. Martha has come up with pumpkin sconces, so bright, beautiful and elegant. Step by step instructions here. 

Our Fave Fall Cocktails: A Beverly Hills Hotel original, the The "Fig Sidecar" (on the left) will give you that warm, sweet, cozy feeling. knows what's up. Get the recipe here. 
pumpkin spice margarita photo

Not really into that "warm" feeling? Wanna get your margarita on even if it's not summer anymore? Check out this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Margarita at Planet So scrumptious, and perfect for a get together with friends around a fire! Go here for the recipe. 

Mmmm...well, we do hope this inspired you! Check us out for event planning and consultation here. Like us on Facebook, believe us, we know how to party! 

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