Farmhouse Harvest Brunch

This morning I thought I’d share a few more details from my fall harvest brunch design featured last week in the fall harvest challenge on City Cradle Design. When I started thinking about the design I wanted to create, I instantly thought of all the gorgeous colors and flavors that are indicative of fall in Upstate New York where I live. I envisioned a farmhouse brunch that would be a celebration of not only fall and harvest but also of great friends and taking a moment to slow down and celebrate the season.



The basis of the celebration is a brunch buffet table set in front of a pair of rustin barn doors with a ticking stripe table covering and touches of jute, gingham and fall colors throughout. A bushel basket is filled with colorful alstromeria, one of my favorite flowers – they are inexpensive and readily available in most areas year round. Pumpkins, mums, a big bowl of freshly picked apples and an assortment of pastries, pies and muffins line the table. I cut out a piece of parchment paper to make a terra cotta planter base into a perfect serving dish for pancakes and set out an array of toppings, cider, granola and fruit. Donut holes in a vintage cookie jar are unexpected and make for easy grabbing.


blueberry-pie-chocolate-croissants-fall-partyFor me celebrating harvest is really all about allowing the food to take center stage. Jars of homemade strawberry jam and apple butter are the perfect little gift for guests to take home. Covered with squares of pretty fabric and tied with jute they take on an extra special look with minimal effort. To keep with the farmhouse vibe I chose an assortment of platters, serving dishes, plates and bowls in complementary colors in sturdy stoneware and pottery – there is no fancy china at this party. Big mugs of cider, a collection of vintage milk bottles, muffins on mini cake stands, and a DIY wreath made with pine cones found in the yard and strung with little notes for each guest are the perfect finishing details.



diy-grapevine-fall-wreathThis brunch is the perfect way to kick off a day of apple picking, visiting local wineries, pumpkin carving, or a hike through the woods to enjoy the fall foliage. Invite your nearest and dearest friends for a seasonal celebration they’re sure to remember!



homemade-jam-favorsA big thank you to my bestest boys Lewis and Dave for allowing me to crash their house and barn for this little shoot. xoxo

{Photos by Cyd Converse.}


Halloween Ideas from Martha Stewart

I’m sure I’m not alone in confessing that I get beyond excited every month when the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living hits my mailbox. It’s an endless source of inspiration for decor, entertaining, baking and celebrating the season, whatever the season may be. This month was no exception, loaded with great ideas for Halloween parties, trick or treaters and spooky ideas to get you through the month of October in style. It also tipped me off on the amazing new Halloween-inspired goodies from Martha Stewart Crafts. From cute party garland and treat bags to cupcake wrappers, great Halloween party invitations, cake stencils, wall and pumpkin decals, they’ve forgotten no detail in this awesome Halloween collection.







{Photos by Martha Stewart Crafts.}


Friday Link Love

Another week, another Friday! Seriously, where do my days go? I am busy busy this weekend working a gorgeous wedding for a bride I just adore and my lovely friend Carolynn’s baby shower in her hometown on Sunday. It will be a weekend of love and celebrations and I’m really excited about the next few days. What are your weekend plans? I hope you have a lovely one!


Don’t forget to visit City Cradle Design and leave a little love for my harvest brunch design. (Pretty please?)

Adorable and delicious wee little wedding cakes.

Striking and colorful origami bouquets.

If you love s’mores you will be obsessed with this.

These invitations are nothing short of super awesome.

And these Halloween invitations are just as cool.

More stationery love: very cool DIY thank you cards.

With winter approaching (no, really, in Upstate New York winter is approaching…trust me) I am dreaming of  a great mudroom.

And that’s all for me for the week! Happy weekend!

{Photo from Sweet Paul.}


Caribbean Tropics Wedding Inspiration

Good morning and happy Friday, everyone! Today I am really excited to be sharing one of my personal favorite entries in our recent Inspired Creations Contest with you. (You may remember it from seeing it on Elizabeth Anne Designs.) Inspired by the tropical paintings and old floral still life imagery of Paul Gaugin, a post-Impressionist artist from the late 1800s, this dream team of Erica O’Brien, Honey and Poppies, De-Lovely Events and Jessica Claire incorporated vibrant tropical colors, lush florals and unique references to art and painting in their jaw-dropping creation.



diy-escort-card-ideasThe star of the show is a paint-your-own dessert bar featuring miniature cakes and icing in a tropical color palette. Guests are invited to “paint” on their cakes using the colored icing and little paint brushes. Directions, printed on scrapbook paper and framed, read “You are the artist. (1) Choose your cake. (2) Choose your icing. (3) Create your design.” Of course, a stunning wedding cake in bright tropical colors also plays a starring role.











My favorite part of this gorgeous design is the stunning floral design. Boasting colorful peonies, dahlias, roses, sweet peas, ranunculus, and snowball viburnum, the floral arrangements were then layered with with vines of passion flower, clematis, and pepper berries, wispy curled ferns and peacock feathers. The result is nothing short of spectacular.



red-white-wedding-bouquetIsn’t this just absolutely stunning? While I am loving everything fall right now, this completely inspires me to want to run away for a sun-filled tropic vacation.

Vendors -
Concept design, cake, desserts: Erica O’Brien
Florals and concept design: Honey and Poppies
Coordination and planning: De-Lovely Events
Photography: Jessica Claire
Rentals: Signature Party Rentals
Location: The Villa del Sol

{Photos by Jessica Claire.}


Fall Harvest Brunch on City Cradle Design

Good morning, everyone! I wanted to take a moment today to share with you the fun little fall harvest brunch design I recently created. You can check out full details over at City Cradle Design where myself and four other bloggers were challenged to create a fall harvest design to inspire all of your fall parties and weddings. (I have loved seeing what everyone else came up with and I know you will, too!) Please pop over and check out all of the designs and I would love love love if you felt so inclined as to leave a comment on my design and support me in this fun design challenge. Reader response will be taken into consideration when determining the reader’s choice award so please leave a little love!


pumpkin-themed-partyI’d love to know how you celebrate fall and the harvest season. Is anyone planning a great party or celebration? Tell me all about it!

{Photos by Cyd Converse.}