Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fall Farewell Dinner Party

Last week, I hosted a farewell party for one of my co-workers who was moving.  As this entailed setting a table for multiple guests, I thought I'd share a few steps I took to accommodate a larger group.

Although I didn't take a pre-tablecloth pic of the extra table I used, you can see below how I put it up against our usual dining table which had 2 leaves added to it.
 
 
With 3 brown tablecloths as a base, I added 2 gold table runners and a burlap ribbon down the center of the tables.  Orange napkins were turned diagonally to serve as placemats.
 
Don't worry if you don't have enough matching items as you can see, I had to add a different colour of orange napkins in 2 spots and also used some different chairs.  Once you have the table all set, your eye won't even notice the mismatched objects but will focus on the prettiness.
 
Next, I added the centerpiece items and some gold chargers.
 
A combination of items were arranged down the center of the table to serve as a centerpiece.
 

I placed some faux fall florals inside these 3 of these burlap vases and...
 
 
 
...also in 3 of these little baskets I got at London Drugs this summer.
 
Raffia was tied around some mason jars which were filled with little faux pears and topped with a votive cup/candle. Faux fruits of a fall harvest were also added.
 
 
Amber stemware and a mix of orange and brown plates topped with napkins in gold napkin rings complete the tablescape.
 
Putting everything together looks like this...
 
The sideboard was also decorated for the occasion.
 
I made a banner of a cute phrase that the guest of honour always says which added a personal touch to the party.
 
Hurricane vases filled with faux fruit in a woven tray make up the centerpiece on the sideboard.
 
 
 
Some fall décor was added to the corner area.
 
Guests helped themselves to the potluck food items on the kitchen island and table. 
 
A beverage station was set up in the kitchen as well.
 

 

Guests took a plate off the table prior to serving themselves at the buffet in the kitchen and then returned to a seat at the table.

 
 
A long decorated table, delicious potluck food and lots of laughs with a few tears helped us send our co-worker off with a fond farewell.
 
We will miss her!
 
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9 comments:

Lulu said...

What a great job you did. Combining that much tabletop and having it be cohesive is a real challenge.

Linda said...

What a wonderful thing to host for co workers. It looks wonderful. I'm sure a good time was had by all.
Linda

regality3 said...

Well done!

caseperlatesta said...

I like so much your hurricane vases! Lovely!!

tablescapesbybev.com said...

Beautiful table setting and I love the way you have done the centerpiece. Gorgeous!

Kathleen said...

You did a fabulous job! It is not easy to "marry" two tables and have hem look so wonderful! Every detail attended to!

Richella Parham said...

This is a great post! I love all your tips for creating space for lots of guests.

Thanks so much for joining Grace at Home. I'm featuring you this week!

Annette Steadman said...

I love your dining room table. Do you mind sharing who the manufacture is? I've been searching forever for a table. Thank you. I love your blog!

curtis03 Lewis said...

I agree that farewell parties should give to your co- worker. Well, we are also planning office party and need some unique ideas for the party. Can you suggest me some funky ideas as we want to do something different in this party?