Tag Archives: Autumn

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Elegant Thanksgiving Centerpieces

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Aside from preparing a Thanksgiving feast brimming with traditional food that will excite your guests’ palates, a Thanksgiving party is never complete without striking décor to establish the festive, heartwarming ambiance characteristic of this classic holiday. So accompany your savory stuffed turkey and array of delectable side dishes with a gorgeous centerpiece, and add an air of warmth and sophistication to your family gathering.

Feast of Fruits

Be inspired by the season’s fruits when creating this centerpiece. Head to the local farmer’s market and select from a range of autumn produce that showcases the season’s amazing colors. From apples, cherries, figs, cranberries, and grapes to plums, pears, and chestnuts, autumn’s bounty provides a variety of amazing produce to incorporate into your design. Consider selecting fruits or nuts that will create a beautiful play of color. Once you’ve made your selection, place these on a sturdy base or within a frame that will act as a decorative border, such as this English Boxwood Wreath. The lush green tones of this wreath create a color contrast that heightens the freshness of the produce. Once dinner is done, you may even serve the fruit as part of a fresh fruit dessert platter for your guests to enjoy.

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Entertaining Etiquette

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Entertaining can be quite a daunting task. Not only do you have to decide on an appetizing menu and plan sophisticated décor to match, as a host, you also have to ensure that your guests are reveling in the festivities. Lighten the burden with some of our practical tips – your next event will definitely be a smashing success.


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Invites & R.S.V.P.

Above all, remember to send out invites up to a month prior to the planned party. This ensures that your guests have ample time to R.S.V.P. and note your party in their calendars. Sending invitations out too early may result in guests losing their anticipation for the event. The key is to entice your guests with a marvelous invite that drops hints on what they may expect, so that they will arrive ready to have a magnificent time.

Welcoming your Guests

Once your guests arrive, welcome them with a vibrant greeting, and let them know where they can attain refreshments and scrumptious appetizers while waiting for the main event. Making your guests feel welcome from the start puts everyone in a pleasant mood, creating an ambiance in which your guests can comfortably mingle with each other. Read This Entry

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Pumpkin Carving Ideas

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Halloween is a wonderful time to unleash your creativity. From spectacularly ghoulish home décor to frighteningly fun costumes, there is a lot that you and your family can do to celebrate this holiday. Since Halloween is never complete without a traditional carved pumpkin displayed on your front porch or lawn, here are a few elegant pumpkin carving ideas you may want to try.

Golden Goblins 

Update the traditional Jack-o’-lantern by incorporating gold lamé paper into the design. Dabbing the lamé paper all over the body of the carved pumpkin peppers the surface with gold flecks, imparting sophistication into the simplest designs. When coupled with a lighted candle placed inside, the flecks add an attractive shimmer for a luminous yet spooky effect.

Stenciled Images 

Depart from the usual ghoulish faces and carve beautiful images on your pumpkin instead. With the help of stencils, you can carve breathtaking silhouettes that cast artistic shadows upon your home’s exterior. These interesting masterpieces add a striking visual element that will enchant your guests.

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Essential Fall Holiday Drinks

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Autumn is a wonderful time to entertain, whether you plan on hosting a simple outdoor brunch or an elegant dinner surrounded by the warm ambiance of your home. As with most parties, it is essential that you maintain a well-stocked bar that’ll allow you to create and serve a variety of drinks inspired by the season.


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Apple Cider

Cider is a great treat for autumn. Made via the fermentation of apple juice, cider oozes with the spirit of the season, matching the sweet scent of fall’s crimson leaves. Create your own version of the traditional cider by boiling store-bought cider with freshly cut green and red apples and a cinnamon stick. The apples add an extra burst of freshness while the cinnamon stick brings a touch of spice and warmth. Once all the flavors have melded together, serve the drink either warm or iced.

Seasonal Cocktails

Draw inspiration from the season when creating signature drinks for your parties. Pumpkins, cinnamon, and figs are just some of the autumn-inspired ingredients you can use. For example, you may mix sweet pumpkin puree with rum or Baileys and top it off with a sprinkle of cinnamon for a luscious cocktail. Instead of the usual cocktail garnish of olives or fruit, consider using dried figs for a unique touch.
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