Decorating Editor Lindsey Ellis Beatty shares her easy and affordable ideas for hosting a stylish autumn get-together.
A neutral backdrop of white linens and dishes puts the focus on punches of orange and green. Lindsey found these green goblets
at a Goodwill store for just 25 cents each.
Served in a glass mug wrapped with twine and garnished with a cinnamon stick, this warm, spicy beverage provides a cozy pick-me-up
on a chilly fall evening.
Transform mini pumpkins into luminarias by cutting a 1-inch-wide circle into each pumpkin, scooping out the centers with a tablespoon, and inserting votive candles.
This buffet of sweets features store-bought goodies that guests of all ages will enjoy. For a unified look, place desserts on a collection of white cake stands and platters.
What makes a party Southern? The guests and the gossip
Aspect of the party planning that's too often overlooked? A well-appointed powder room. Don't forget to set out fragrant hand soaps and disposable towels.
No table is complete without... Salt and pepper - I always incorporate pretty little salt and pepper cellars when I set the table.
Mail Invites? For a brunch or cocktail party, defenitely yes. But if it's a casual football gathering, a phone call or e-mail is perfectly fine.
Last-minute tips? Turn on music, adjust the lighting, and (I add this because I have small children) do a toy sweep to make sure guests don't trip over Buzz Lightyear.
You know a party is a success when... Everyone stays late and there's a big, beautiful mess at the end.