I’m so excited to post pictures from our first Magnolia Gatherings event! Thank you to all who attended; it was an incredible evening! My hope is to host more events such as this one in the future, so please stay tuned. My favorite part of the night was getting to meet those of you who attended the event.
When we first opened event registration, I was floored and humbled that so many people signed up so quickly. Our staff got started right away prepping each detail down to the food displays and favor bags! Details can make all the difference in a space and I wanted to transform each aspect of the venue to fit the fall theme. Below are pictures of some highlights of the evening.
Several ideas for the evening were simple clipboards ($1 each) with a “give thanks” message on it. These are great party favors for your guests. We also gave attendees a simple “Give Thanks” banner that they could string on their mantle and let the family write what they are thankful for. I am all about designing with meaning and these banners are a great reminder for us all.
When setting a table, I like to use layers and different textures to create warmth and interest. For the DIY portion of the night, we created floral napkin rings. This is an easy way to dress up your table, you can simply trim some greenery from your landscape. Guests were encouraged to create natural napkin rings at their tables. There were also other flowers and little berries available to incorporate as well. I loved that guests got creative with this – some people used the greenery to decorate their wreath chargers and others used several different kinds of greenery tied together around their napkins.
If you missed the event, here are a few step by step instructions to make a floral napkin ring! First, cut the greenery the appropriate length.
Next, tie the ends of the greenery together using twine and the rolled napkin as your guide.
Feel free to add other elements to the greenery, such the flowers and berries provided at the event.
Finally, slide the napkin ring onto the napkin and set it at your place setting!
If you missed this event, below are some of my tips for gatherings over the holidays. When I spend time around a table with people I love, time seems to slow and the moments seem richer. I want to practice this in my home more often and enjoy it!
- Spend time with people you love.
- Share why you’re thankful for the people you’re with.
- Open your home to others.
- Enjoy a meal together around the table.
- Keep your dinner parties between 6-12 people so that it’s manageable.
- Turn off your phones and engage in conversation.
- Have fun with the details.
- Select a fun theme that inspires the direction of the evening.