Hello October!! I know Fall’s official start this year was 9/22, and believe me, I dove right in and have already burned through a 20 oz pumpkin-vanilla candle that I bought a week ago, but there is something about October that just feels officially, official. You may have seen my recent Birthday Backyard Movie Night post about my surprise birthday party that was thrown by my sister and friend Beth. Well, just about two weeks later it was Beth’s birthday and I needed to repay the favor. So I threw her A Pretty Fall Brunch!
Beth thought we were going out to brunch and that I wanted her to come to my apartment first to open her gift. Little did she know her gift was a brunch with friends. I for sure thought she was on to me until she texted me on her way and said she needed nail polish remover and then actually showed and still needed to put her makeup on haha.
For any good brunch, the table is the focal point. I was really happy with how it turned out because unlike most of my gatherings, for this I did not have a clear vision of what I wanted it to look like. Normally that vision comes to me immediately when I decide to host something but for this, I was torn because Beth technically has a Summer birthday but the brunch was on the second day of Fall. I ultimately went with a Fall vibe because her wedding was classic Fall and so I know she likes that.
I made all the floral arrangements myself and actually got all the flowers from Trader Joe’s for a total of $22. I was amazed at the selection they had and how much you could get for your money.
My favorite part of the decor were the dried lemons I made. This ended up being SO much easier than I anticipated and I think it added such a special touch. It really made it feel like Fall. For how to do this yourself and other ways to use dried lemons check out my post on 8 Ways To Use Dried Lemons This Fall.
THE DECOR & AMBIANCE
I have found that there are endless uses for my letterboard. I might even buy another, larger one in a different color. It just seems to solidify a gathering as a real “event.” Some other must-haves for literally any gathering at your home are candles and music. For this, I made a specific Spotify playlist comprised of Beth’s favorite artists, while my home smelled of pumpkin and vanilla. The best part…she noticed! 😉
I also made this Fall wreath for the party. Typically I have a clock hanging in its place but almost a year back I bought the body of this wreath, the branch part, from Michael’s and have found it comes in handy as I can simply modify it with different real and fake florals throughout the year.
Just days prior to the party I changed my mind on the menu. I was going to try to do something cute with a bagel bar but then was like, who am I kidding, what do I want at a brunch like this, eggs! Some type of egg bake is usually there for the win. But in addition to that, I wanted to try this “breakfast charcuterie” concept that I had seen on Pinterest.
To me, a birthday cake is a must at a birthday party. I don’t care how old you are, everyone likes to be sung to, make a wish, blow out some candles, and most importantly, eat cake! For this, I picked this lemon rosemary cake that I had been eying for years on Pinterest. I did have a few snafus while making the darn thing but I think in the end it turned out beautifully and I was really proud. And I know it tasted good because my friend Ashley’s little blonde 4 year old, Rachel, sat next to me as she at her slice and said, “This cake is SOO good!”
We gave Beth 3 candles to blow out because we said it stood for “30-something.”
I wanted to use real plates for the cake, for green reasons as well as to class it up, but I don’t have a formal china set. I do, however, have 12 “Naughty or Nice” Christmas plates that I bought from Pottery Barn last year on clearance. I decided that Christmas did have a monopoly on the words naughty and nice, and so I used these. As I cut the cake I had my friend Jamie hand them out accordingly. 😉 Here’s mine!
All in all the party was a great success. Everything looked beautiful if I don’t say so myself, and Beth was surprised. The vibe was relaxed and easy and I think it was a great day. Happy Birthday Beth!