Saturday, October 4, 2014

12 DIY Ideas for a Rustic Autumn Gathering

It's official - Autumn is here! The leaves are changing colors and falling, the air is crisp and cool, and thoughts of the impending holidays and family get-togethers are really starting to make us run for the hills. But if you've got a fall family feast to plan - don't panic! Here are twelve tutorials to help you and your home embrace the season!

Nothing conveys the feel of a rustic family get-together like a table adorned in burlap! This table runner by Ann of On Sutton Place has a wonderfully simple and natural feel to it, but you could class it up even further by adding a cute ruffled trim in Ann's other no-sew table runner tutorial!

If a classy burlap runner just doesn't cover a dinner table with enough of the stuff, these festive no-sew orange burlap placemats by Momtastic blogger Diane will surely do the job! Click the image below to see her trick for evenly-cutting burlap!

If you're looking to create your own beautiful centerpiece using fall-colored flowers, why not present them in a gorgeous vase carved from a pumpkin, like this ingenious DIY idea from Jenny Steffens?

Shannon from Madigan Made shared these beautiful DIY fall leaf napkin rings in a guest post on one of my favorite crafty blogs, Mod Podge Rocks:

These pinecone place-card holders shared by Jeannie on Project Wedding are such an ingenious and easy idea! When your get-together's over, you can reuse them to display your Christmas cards all Winter long!

If you don't have any pine cones on hand, then paper will do just fine! You can find the full tutorial (and free printable) for these easy leaf place-cards over on EAB Designs!

No table setting is complete without color-coordinated linen napkins! You can make these beauties yourself by checking out the full tutorial at The Purl Bee, and be sure to check out their plethora of fall decor sewing projects while you're at it!

If your fall gathering is outdoors, hold down your pretty burlap table runners with these cute apple tablecloth anchors, just one of many great fall table-decorating ideas spotted on Oregon Live.

Okay, so your table's set, but how are you going to decorate everything else? Let's start with some creative autumn garland - this wonderful tutorial by the Maya Road Design Team really takes the cake!

I love this log slice chalkboard from Craftaholics Anonymous. This could be used to craftily greet your guests or to display the night's menu - the possibilities are endless!

Any good hostess knows that a party isn't a party without some great activities! You can easily keep your guests entertained with this festive word find game, created out of a faux pumpkin and some chalkboard paint by KariAnne of Thistlewood Farms!

When the plates have been emptied and the guests have started filtering out, you'll wish you sent them home with a little something to remember the night. That's where these Autumn-in-a-jar potpourri favors from Fancy House Road come in! This pretty mixture of dried fruit and spices is bound to leave any household smelling of Autumn for weeks to come.

Thanks for stopping by! If you'd like to check out more DIY party planning ideas, check out my Party Planning & Hosting Pinterest board. Best wishes to you this season!

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