Fall Harvest Party
Easy and inspiring autumnal entertaining ideas from Aspen’s most stylish party-throwers
“Rustic, yet simple and elegant.” These were the watchwords Amy Forsey used when designing the custom printed invitations for this fall fête. The owner of Express Yourself, a stationery boutique in Basalt, Colorado, paired thick off-white paper with chocolate-brown lettering that has an antique, hand-washed look. Each invitation is wrapped with twine and accented with a sprig of wheat (available seasonally at grocery stores and florists).
topped a rustic wooden buffet table with a simple woven runner and an eclectic mix of serveware, like a tin cake stand and mason jars, picked up at local thrift and antique stores.
Caramel-apple-making kits encourage guests to continue the celebration at home. The burlap sacks are filled with tart apples, caramels, popsicle sticks and cellophane bags filled with chopped nuts and sprinkles for decoration. A custom-printed tag provides the easy instructions.
Charming apple cups are easy to make and fun to drink from: Cut off the very top of each apple, then use a spoon to dig out the core and flesh, leaving at least a quarter-inch rim. Brush the inside of each apple with lemon juice to prevent browning. Cinnamon sticks make perfect straws—and add spice to every sip.
Unexpected printed pieces, like coordinating dessert cards stuck into little log rounds, framed seasonal quotes and goody bag tags “really add a personal touch to the party,” Forsey says.expressyourselfbasalt.com