Pumpkins, candles, good friends and awesome food made for quite the gathering in Wilmington, NC last weekend for Karen and Mike’s “It’s Fall Y’all” gathering.
QTO designed the invitations and I was onsite to help prep and style the party with Karen.
Karen has been my best friend since we were matched up at Mercer University as Freshmen roommates in 1998…16 years ago. Wow. I loved being there to help her pull the event together and catch up. The wine and beer were plenty and the food was all (almost) homemade. Such an easy theme and lots of fun. Check out the details below!
The entry and foyer were styled with lots of luminaries, pumpkins and candles.
The food was plenty and so yummy! Lots of hearty sandwiches, wraps and dips that are easy to pile on a small plate or eat standing up. The favorite of the evening were the shrimp and the sausage balls that are a good standby made from sausage, Bisquick and cheese. Karen also served pulled pork and buffalo chicken sliders, hot ham and cheese sandwiches, veggies and dip, bruschetta, salsa and chips, pinwheel wraps and spinach dip. Also cheese and crackers.
We didn’t do too many printables, just a few food cards to let people know what was on the table.
The centerpiece was simple but very pretty. Just pumpkins and candles. We used all white and pewter for the dishes for a cohesive but not too formal look.
The desserts were all homemade. The pumpkin pie pops and the pecan pie truffles were new recipes for me and oh so good (thank goodness). I hate to really post recipes because I always vary from them. (Tess thinks this is so crazy!) But that one gives you the one I basically followed. For the pumpkin pie bites I just made a box spice cake using pumpkin instead of oil, crumbled it and added cream cheese frosting to make it into a dough consistency. Then I rolled them and dipped them in melted white chocolate. Before they cooled I sprinkled heath bar crumbles on top for a little flair. Then made Karen also made chewies and brownies – always good for a crowd. Most of the desserts were gone by the end of the evening so I think we did well!
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