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My junior and senior year of college my 7 amazing housemates (seriously some of the most incredible women!) and I hosted a fall dinner party inspired by Rend Collective’s “Art of Celebration” album. The heart behind it was to have FUN because seriousness isn’t a fruit of the Spirit but JOY is! And to reflect on what we’re thankful for, how the Lord has provided, eat delicious food, and generally have a great time together! In college we also had a piñata, bon fire, and acoustic worship.
Now, we’re starting our third year out of college and Drew and I are in a house! It’s been so much fun and a huge blessing to be able to host people (one of my very favorite things!!) so I had the idea to do an Art of Celebration Dinner round 3. We had the intention of doing what we did in college except this time, the weather didn’t permit a bon fire + worship outside. Instead we had a pot luck dinner and all 15 of us sat outside while it was sprinkling until the rain got too heavy and we made a mad dash inside. It made for a funny story/memory 🙂 We did go around and share what we were thankful for then played Heads Up, Fish Bowl, and the game of sounds. The rain let up in the evening so we went outside and hit the taco piñata which was quite entertaining!
I had every intention of getting more pictures on my nice camera but the rain had a different plan in mind 🙂 Here’s a few I did snag before everyone came over/before the table was completely set + some from my iPhone. I HIGHLY recommend you do your own version of “Art of Celebration” dinner because it’s a really fun and sweet time to be intentional & praise God! Here’s the Rend Collective video inspiration.
Table Cloths: Target/ Candle Sticks: Goodwill, spray painted gold/ folding tables & chairs: My very sharing in-laws/ String lights: Walmart/Eucalyptus, small pumpkins, & gourds: Trader Joe’s (I went to FIVE places to price compare and Trader Joe’s beat them all!)/ Plates & plastic gold silverware: Target/ Candle sticks: left overs from weddings & styled shoots/ Taco piñata: Walmart/ Baby’s breath for flower crowns: Kroger/ Place Mats: I made them from leftover brown wrapping paper and a black sharpie- I’ll include the picture inspo at the end of this post!
You can see the rain drops on our place mats & Jen’s face (the cute blond on the right!) says it all haha.
If we do this again next year, hopefully the weather will cooperate more!! I hope this provides some fun inspiration for your fall party or just some fun fall vibes that wont break the bank 🙂
AND for those of you who asked about the placemats, here’s the Pinterest inspiration! Unfortunately I didn’t get any detail pictures of this myself (you can thank the rain for that one haha)
Happy fall ya’ll!