Easy Fall Entertaining Tips

A lot of you may not know this, but I love hosting parties. Birthday parties, engagement parties, parties for the sake of having a party (because obviously, that's a completely valid reason to have a party). In fact, I've been working in event coordinating since my sophomore year of college. So, when my roommates and I decided to host a "Friendsgiving" potluck, you can imagine my excitement about handling the decor aspect! Of course, we are all still students, so "festive on a budget" was my mantra while getting the decorations. Here's how we transformed our apartment for the evening and some tips and tricks for your next soirée!  

Everything I purchased for the decor was from the dollar store or the dollar section at Target or I already had. Seriously, I can't get enough of Target! I decided to keep it classy, chic, and modern with a gold theme. (Also, the decor in the stores was overwhelmingly holiday/Christmas themed, so I really had no other choice!)

The idea of golden apples reminds me of a fairytale, and it served as a perfect centerpiece for our dinner display. These apples (from Dollar Tree) were originally red, but a little metallic gold spray paint can go a long way! I arranged three golden apples in a silver plastic tray from the dollar store. I love mixing metallics for a chic and glamorous look.

These mint green chevron candle holders (also from Dollar Tree) worked perfectly with our mint green plates for serving food. I always say that adding candles to any tablescape is the perfect finishing touch especially for evening. We accented the disposable gold table cloth with sparkling gold leaves. These were cut from a dollar store poinsettia branch and spray painted gold to match! 

Here's a full view of our dinner table. These gold trays (from Michael's) are from my engagement party. They were perfect for displaying all the food our friends brought over. The leaf shaped trays (also from Dollar Tree) holding forks and napkins were transformed from a clear orange plastic to a shimmering gold with spray paint. Using trays or platters in coordinating colors and interesting shapes brings your food display to another level! 

We love taking pictures, so I wanted to design an easy backdrop for our mini photoshoots throughout the evening. These hanging gold leaves are actually dollar store green vines. I added the Midas Touch with my handy gold spray paint, hung them from the ceiling, and we ended up with this gilded back drop!

Need easy food ideas? These pesto cheese bites made by one of our friends were delicious and healthy filled with spinach, pesto, tomatoes cheese and olives! The garlic knots below only took about 30 minutes to make with store bought dough and were a definite crowd pleaser. Other easy appetizers include chips and salsa/guacamole/spinach artichoke dip. Or all three in our case! For dinner, we kept it simple with two types of pasta. 

You can't have a party without dessert, and these magic bars were the star of the show. Made with lots of sweets and a little bit of magic (see what I did there?) these were absolutely delicious! We served our desserts in these super cute mint and gold plates from Target (who else loves the Oh Joy! for Target collection?!) Complete with gold stripe napkins and striped paper straws (both from Target) for sparkling cider, the dessert spread was a sweet way to end the evening. I love accenting the dessert table (and dinner!) with handmade tags to label each item and finish the look. 

Hope these small entertaining tips were helpful, especially with Thanksgiving and the holidays right around the corner! Here's wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving this week and hoping you spend it with the people you are thankful for! And if anyone has a party to plan, I'm always available ;)

I would love to hear your entertaining tips! Comment below and share :)