October 23, 2014
New England fall weather is unpredictable. We’ve had a string of hot days, cold days, rainy days… but the one predictable thing is that the leaves in the area are going to change. I’ve noticed quite a few trees that have stood out as though they were on fire. I could go into a long post about The Hunger Games and the “Girl on Fire” – there’s a new trailer out for Mockingjay – but I should probably chat about something more event-related. Look at this tree! It’s aglow with orange and yellow loveliness! And against that beautiful blue sky?!
How can you bring some fun Autumnal elements to your event?
We recently did an event for our friends at Arclight Capital Partners, LLC. They wanted guests to feel as though they were walking down a long driveway lined with old oaks – and after creating some big trees for a fabulous entrance, we added in some lighting that looked like a cobblestone path. Later on we also scattered some leaves on the floor for that final touch.
In lieu of tree structures (they were quite large and quite heavy… not for everyone) you could also consider putting some stems of real leaves into your floral arrangements and perhaps add a dash of some wheat or other fall grasses (millet, fountain grass, turkey foot). Sadly, like the season, these things are fleeting, but your florist should be able to find something lovely to accent your table. Some well placed pumpkins, artichokes, pomegranates, apples, different berries, can bring you a pop of color, while also adding some texture to the table.
Side note: We often encourage our clients to add “texture” to their tables. This can be achieved in many ways – by using textured tablecloths like the tweeds above, by adding in something that has some plaid (maybe a napkin?), so that you’re table isn’t just a flat color. Sometimes texture is achieved by having containers of different heights for your centerpieces, adding a well designed menu card, or as referenced earlier, adding some unexpected elements like artichokes to the tabletop or trees to the entryway!
And of course there are all the colors! The fall brings to mind all shades of reds, oranges, and deep yellows. Sometimes I am jealous of the person who picks the names for paint colors and fabrics, as fantastic titles like “Flame,” “Pumpkin Spice,” “Tuscan Yellow” and “Rioja Red” make their way onto our tables. Don’t overlook your brown tones – a lovely textured wheat-toned tweed or a soft plaid with brown accents can really add some needed interest to what could be another boring table.
Don’t forget the plum tones too! Ornamental kale, small eggplants, mums… all of these can also bring a bit of autumn air to your event. They are the precursor to the lush and deep reds of winter. Ooh bright red berries and amaryllis with some frosted green touches… I’m getting ahead of myself. Fall is with us for such a short time, that I’m going to take as much of it in as possible!