Red Star Chronicles

Fall Centerpieces Ideas

Posted by Meetinghouse on 9/13/18 1:50 PM

Floral and food: ephemeral, wonderful to look at, and lovely to smell. Engage more than just sight by introducing fresh produce into floral arrangements this fall season.  2

Underside of Queen Anne's lace (botanical name Daucus carota) on overcast summer day, northern Illinois

Root vegetables like carrots and parsnips offer a distinctive texture in contrast to the softness of fresh flowers. Be sure to keep the foliage attached and work the bundles into the center of the design for an unexpected focal. Gather overflowing knobby gourds and pumpkins in antiqued vessels or simply place them on the table as a low maintenance accent. Ornamental kale, grasses, and squash can all bring the look of the harvest into the designs! 

Deep hued fruits like berries, pomegranates, and plums add the perfect finishing touch to those moody fall color palettes. Work stemmed berries and grapes in shades 
of crimson and bordeaux into the floral centerpiece while cutting fresh pomegranates to lay on the table. Finish off the table with naturally dyed ribbons and linens for subtle color and texture. Scent recalls memory stronger than any other sense. Accent tropical leaves like monstera and arica palm with fresh cut citrus and ensure guests keep a lasting impression of the festivities. The crisp scent of lemons, limes, and tangerines will transport guests to the lush tropics, as well as bring a pop of color to the tables! 

Meetinghouse Floral Designs

Topics: Autumn, Fall, floral

Elevated Buffet Stations

Posted by Meetinghouse on 9/13/18 11:10 AM

Elevate your buffets and food stations this Autumby re-purposing unique décor pieces and transforming any display into something the whole family will enjoy.  

Offer guests a beverage from your barrel top bar station. Inherently rustic and versatile, re-purposed wooden barrels are our favorite way to display classic Fall drinks. Lay a gingham runner under an urn of hot apple cider and arrange mugs within jars of jam and honey. We love rolling napkins with a garnish of cinnamon stick as a simple way to bring in the warm scents and textures of Fall that we love.  

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Create the perfect dessert station by utilizing a vintage wagon and draping a plaid fleece blanket inside of it to create the warm and rustic feeling. Display your guests’ favorite pies and jams here, serve on gold plates and platters, and embellish the inside of the wagon with seasonal flowers like dahlias, chrysanthemums, and sunflowers for additional fall color and texture. Finish up the display by adding old fashioned milk jugs, bushels of apples, and hay bales to the base of the wagon. Grandma’s classic apple pie is sure to stand out in this Instagram worthy setting. 

Of-course along with food service comes seating and dining and we love carrying over unique elements into that aspect as well. Tree stumps can be an excellent alternative for outdoor seating. Simply drape a soft linen over top or an outdoor patio cushion and you now have a comfortable spot to enjoy your cider and pie!  


Topics: buffet, Autumn, Fall, Harvest, rustic

Autumn Evening Picnics

Posted by Meetinghouse on 9/10/18 3:40 PM

Pumpkin Spice

The days get shorter while the shadows get longer, and pumpkin and cinnamon spice hang in the air at every coffee shop (...bakery, office, and bus stop for that matter). It can only mean one thing: Autumn is finally upon us! As one of our favorite times of year, the inspiration is bountiful and ubiquitous.  

AdobeStock_178410950Play upon the natural aesthetic of the season and create an outdoor autumnal lounge area by utilizing organic textures. Tree stumps can provide natural seating for guests covered simply with a flannel or knit blanket. Alternatively, use those same flannels or colorful woven sarapes as runners down rustic farm tables or picnic tables. Richly hued floor pillows embellished with maple and elm leaves evoke a freshly fallen forest when layered upon antiqued rugs. If you favor more conventional seating options, use the tree stumps as end tables and embellish with some candles for warm light. Soften traditional sofas and chairs with a luxuriously knit blanket or faux fur and give guests a reason to gather in closer.  

If the weather is inclement, and festivities are forced to be held inside, mimic the Autumn evening light by stringing amber hued café lights through-out the space for an intimate ambience. Flickering candlelight can extend the shadows even more across the space as guests dance about. Chandeliers, patterned light washes, and up-lighting are other great options to light a space and provide that seasonal warmth and texture. 

Don’t forget about COLOR! Rich orange, fire-red, deep maroon, and burnt umber are all reminiscent of the season. Bring bright and bold hues inside by utilizing lush and dramatic seasonal foliage and fresh florals like dahlias, celosia, ruffled garden roses, chrysanthemums, and croton plants.  

Autumn is a celebration! Celebrating the harvest, the season, and all-around togetherness – MORE is MORE! You can’t go wrong. 

Topics: Harvest, Picnic, Lounges, Autumn, Fall, Pumpkin