Sunday, November 21, 2010 |
Annual Oktoberfest

I'm still trying to play catch up {compliments of Bentley} so please be understanding while you sit back and enjoy the very long string of photos :)

It was a crazy busy few weeks but in the end, it was totally worth it and all the hard paid off. The smiles and laughter of our friends and neighbors was the greatest reward.

There is nothing better than decorating with natural decor from our yard and the surrounding wooded area.


I love white pumpkins. They were very hard to find this year. Apparently the pumpkin crop wasn't successful this year due to all the rain.

Glowing candles dress up just about anything. These were placed on the stairs to provide just the right amount of light in the hall.

My hurricane lamp wrapped in Indian corn on the wine table.


This is one of the two soups that I made. The other was a tuscan white bean. I put them in crock pots on the patio. These hearty warm soups warm you up on a chilly autumn evening.


I purchased this tub at Target over the summer. In its former life it was white. It needed a little dressing up for the party. I spray painted it copper and then added our monogram with my Cricut machine.

It was the perfect size {and disguise} for the keg which was placed on the second level of our patio.

Our fun neighbors and my husband's golfing buddy.


Nothing makes me happier as a hostess than people who hadn't met prior to the party, laughing and having fun as if they'd know each other for years.

Notice the shirt Kathy? :)


Another fabulous and fun neighbor.


Lots of good friends.



My dear friend and confidant and me. When I grow up I want to be just as sweet and kind as her!


A welcoming banner in our family room.

I've been dreaming of this since I was laying on the beach this past summer! It's a Smores bar ~ oh so yummy. I took this photo later in the evening so there are a few ingredients missing but you can get the overall idea. I printed up a few "recipes" but our guests were welcome to create there own masterpieces. I got a ton of compliments on this and several requests for its return next year.

I pulled out the copper spray paint for a repeat performance. The foam pumpkin {from Michaels} just wasn't the right color so I gave it a quick cover then used an ail to make the holes. I secured the marshmallows, then placed the ends in the pumpkin. It was grab and go from there. The patio fireplace was right next to the table.

My favorite: chocolate graham crackers, white chocolate square, raspberry jam and marshmallow. Amazing! You must try.


As our guests departed, they were sent home with a bottle of water and pumpkin whoopie pies.

I made the bottle wraps myself ~ not difficult at all and really added a special touch.



Until next year ...
Autumn blessings

*Thank you Fran for taking a few shots of the evening.

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Town and Country Mom said...

What a fun party! I love the s'mores table, and I will be copying it at some point--maybe a new December tradition for us! Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas.

Kacey said...

OH my the smores table idea! So simple yet brilliant! I think its so great that you have this tradition. What a fun party!

Kat said...

You are AMAZING!!! I love to entertain too, but you really have a gift! I loved looking at all your pictures and cute ideas! So fun! I bet your friends get so excited to be invited to a dinner party at your house!

French said...

Oh Yeah I love it all!!! I wish I were your neighbor, Jo....looks like so much fun...there are so many details that I love. Will get an email off to you this week. xxoo A

Melissa Miller said...

Jo you are so amazing! I want to attend one of your fabulous fall parties but this will have to do. I can dream...I love the smores bar idea. Gorgeous job!

Happy Thanksgiving!
~Melissa :)

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

What a fun party to attend. I wish you were my neighbor!! Love the water and the whoopie pies for the leaving guests and just the idea of hot soup and those gourmet smores! That was a great party!

carolinagirl said...

You are so creative. I love all the photos. Everything looks amazing!

Southern Lilly Lover said...

What a great party!
I love the idea of an Oktberfest party; so much more original than a Halloween party or something.

CRICKET said...

Looks wonderful! Who does not love smores!!

Kathy said...

Jo, you worked so hard! What a beautiful night you made for your friends--I can't imagine someone leaving and not feeling loved & appreciated. And I did notice the shirt. :)

I would have been all over that S'mores bar! What a cute idea! We'll have to try your creative s'more recipe--but perhaps in the oven as we're having SNOW!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!


Privet and Holly said...

Watch out, Martha...
Here comes Jo!!!
If love is in the
details, your friends
were showered in it!
xx Suzanne

midnight macaroons said...

How fun!!! You did a fabulous job decorating. Everything looks really great. I also really like the picture of you and your friend. You look beautiful and I love your fur vest. Looks like a wonderful party.

I know it's early but I'm about to leave town so I wanted to wish you and your family a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING.


Dee Stephens said...

WOW!I'm impressed! I wish I was your neighbor too! Love the Smore's bar! I need to remember that one!

Telia said...

WOW! You go girl! That looks like a fabulous party! Your decorations and presentations are just beautiful.

P.S. I missed the post with the dogs in the snow...precious!!

Telia, NewlyWedWifeLife

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jo,

What a perfect party! I loved seeing your photographs and all your wonderful food ideas. The water bottles are neat.
Looks like you all had a fun time.

Happy week

Tessa said...

How I only wish I was lucky enough to be your neighbor. You are a wonderful hostess. So pretty & cozy, like a spread out of a magazine!

bevy said...

That looked like such a wonderful party! Everyone was having so much fun... You are obviously a consummate hostess!

JMW said...

Wow, you are such the hostess! That looks like such a great event - cheers to you for hosting it. I love it now that we have an outdoor fire pit and can make smores with the kids and folks who come over. Happy Thanksgiving!

Henley on the Horn said...

Oh my goodness! I want to come next year. I just LOVE the smores bar! Wow!

theUngourmet said...

What a beautiful party! Everything is so pretty. I need you to come over and help me with my house. :)

Lisa said...

Want to wish you a Happy Thanksgivng too my dear. What a fun party, you are such a great hostess!
xo Lisa

Cathy said...

I would love to be a guest at your parties! You are so thoughtful and super creative!

Pink Martini said...

As welcoming and warm as I thought it would be. :)

Casey said...

Very pretty!! I love it!

Susan said...

Cute idea. It was a fine tutorial. Unfortunately, it takes a good crafty eye to come up with something like that. I just end up opting for two extra large wresths from Costco and slapping a large, plaid bow on each and calling it good. I think this year I will put one up on the front of the garage door too. I love the smell of the Christmas trees and wreaths.

Fifi Flowers said...

You've reminded moi... I NEED to re-work my wreath for the front door DESPERATELY!

Rene said...

Your wreath looks so pretty Jo. I have been wanting to try a little sparkle this year.

Love what you do for the children, by the way:)


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