This past weekend we celebrated Husband's birthday with some close friends and family. It was the 10th anniversary of his annual NYC "Biergarten Birthday Celebration" and, while we don't live in the city anymore (and truth be told we skipped the last four years due to #parenthood), I couldn't miss the opportunity to throw a suburban beer garden party in our South Florida home. My better half's birthday AND a decade of an unintentional tradition is something to be celebrated, amiright?!
I loved the challenge of taking our very coastal townhouse set-up and adding in some northern autumn foliage. I bought fake fall garland, added in lots of pumpkins (real and fake), had pumpkin spice candles burning, and turned the A/C down to 60 degrees! I even went so far as to buy real hay, but decided that was a terrible idea for this OCD, clean freak. Here are some crappy iPhone pics that I snapped before the festivities began.
It was a wonderfully fabulous evening, and I thoroughly enjoyed the prep of decorating for such a fun theme night. But I must admit that I was equally (if not more) eager to take it all down and store it away for next year. I love all things fall, and we have our fair share of crazy Halloween decor in boxes, but I've finally realized I just can't handle so much stuff all over the place. I'm becoming more and more of a minimalist as my taste evolves.
I needed to streamline our everyday fall decor to a place I was more comfortable with so I brought back our faux palm fronds (because they make me happy), and I eliminated everything else except for color-coded stacks of coffee table books, some cute mini white pumpkins, a candle, and an oversized white lamp.
I'm relieved to have the room back to a crisp and tidy version of itself and could definitely have this up through December and be perfectly content. I also can't help but do a little happy dance every time I walk by our new dining room chairs, which I've loved and lusted over for years. I'm beyond excited to finally call them ours!
Regardless of where you live, if you're like me and you just can't get into the whole jack-o-laterns, witches, goblins, glittery garland, and candy wreaths just yet, do yourself a favor and buy some mini white pumpkins. Line your kitchen table, fireplace mantel, or entry console. You'll thank me. I found ours at our local grocery store, Publix. They're cute, affordable, and a subtle way to incorporate this time of year into your home, while also staying true to a more neutral aesthetic.
With all of this said, let me just have a week or so of this serene scene and then I'll likely break out the paper bats and spiderwebs for the boys to decorate with...because, well, this time of year only happens once!