Halloween Harvest Dinner Party Inspiration

Halloween dinner party

Happy Halloween, friends! We have such a fun feature to share today – a twist on what you might normally think or plan to do for a holiday like Halloween – a harvest dinner party! When the ladies at Rustic White Photography said, We’re not the type of girls who love goblins and witches, so we opted to host a Halloween Happy Hour and Harvest Party, we could definitely agree that a lovely dinner with your close friends + neighbors sounded like the perfect way to celebrate this year. Molly Mckinley Designs started with a beautiful design plan, filled with touches of fall, and added understated nods to All Hallows’ Eve with heirloom pumpkins + dramatic black taper candlesticks. The end result is festive, in an elegant way, and can certainly inspire couples who are tying the knot on, or near, Halloween as well!

Halloween dinner party invitation

butternut squash hummus

butternut squash hummus

Tiffany at Rustic White says, Since mostly likely, your guests will be filling up on sugar later, we’d recommend serving seasonal, locally-sourced healthy appetizers, like Homespun’s Butternut Hummus with an array of veggies (carrots are perfect!) and fresh baked bread.

Butternut Squash Hummus

Ingredients

1 Cup  Dried White Beans

1 Cup  Dried Garbanzo Bean

2 Cups  Butternut Squash (large dice)

4 ea  Garlic cloves

1 tsp  Cumin whole

2 T   Honey

½ C  Oil (Grape Seed or oil blend)

Salt + Pepper to Season

Pumpkin Seed Gremolata

Ingredients

¼ C  Pumpkin Seed (toasted)

1 ea  Cilantro

1 ea  Lime

2 ea  Garlic Grated

½ C  EVOO

1 tsp  Chili Powder

Salt + Pepper to season

Procedure

1) Soak beans overnight in water.

2) Strain beans and rinse well. Place in pot and cover with water and begin to boil. Until very tender. May take up to an hour.

3) While beans are cooking, roast butternut squash in a pan with a 1 T of oil to caramelize. Once caramelized add into a pot along with garlic, and cumin.

4) Once all ingredients are tender strain and reserve the liquid for pureeing.

5) While the ingredients are still hot place in a mixer/ food processor with a little liquid to help puree. Your hummus will come out very smooth if you blend while hot.

6) Refrigerate up to one week. To serve, garnish with olive oil and pumpkin seed gremolata and serve with crostini, cut veggies, or crackers.

Yields 1 Qt

butternut squash hummus

Halloween dinner party

Halloween dinner party

Fall leaf plate setting

Halloween floral centerpieces

Such pretty florals by Lindsay Coletta!

black skinny candles

Halloween floral centerpieces

Fall leaf plate setting

halloween party naked cake

Looks like a fun dinner party to attend, doesn’t it? What are your plans for Halloween this year?

Thanks so much to everyone below for sharing this shoot!

photography: Rustic White Photography // planning + design: Molly Mckinley Designs // venue: The Foundry at Puritan Mill Atlanta, Georgia // florals: Lindsay Coletta // cake: Lush Cakery // pimento cheese macarons: XK Macarons // invitation: Puddleduck Paper Co. // hostess apron: Ice Milk Aprons // linens: Nuage Designs // hair + makeup: Claudia Mejerle // recipe + presentation: Butternut Squash from Homespun // chargers, plates, glassware, flatware: Bloomingdales

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Sleepy Hollow Wedding Inspiration

sleepy hollow inspired wedding

We’re definitely starting to get in the Halloween spirit, so today’s fun editorial, based on the story of Sleepy Hollow is a perfect thing for this afternoon! With lots of rich colors, unique details + a straight up amazing black wedding dress, we have to say, we really love how Lukas & Suzy VanDykeHarmony Creative Studio, and Heirloom Design House brought this dark + mysterious tale to life…

From Margaux of Harmony Creative StudioInspired by both the classic Washington Irving short story, and the new romantic and bold FOX television show, our Sleepy Hollow themed wedding shoot was created out of a love for all things hauntingly beautiful. We set out to create a more sophisticated and refined Halloween inspired shoot. Wanting to steer clear of the usual scary elements and orange and purple colors, we decided to go with a more natural theme, which really embraced our color palette of wine, rust, burgundy, forest green, bronze and black. Elements such as branches, twigs, leaves, fruit and bark were utilized to callback to the natural elements Irving described so beautifully in his short story, and which play such a large part in the supernatural elements of the new television show.

velvet covered boutonniere

white calligraphy on black

sleepy hollow inspired invitation

Such pretty paper goods by RUMINARY CO. with calligraphy by Dear Darling Calligraphy & Co.

RMine Bespoke wedding dress

deep red sleepy hollow bouquet

RMine Bespoke wedding dress

sleepy hollow inspired wedding

sleepy hollow inspired wedding

red velvet jacket

horse garland

black layered wedding dress

Seriously, what a cool dress!

deep red sleepy hollow bouquet

sleepy hollow inspired wedding

sleepy hollow inspired wedding

black layered wedding dress

black watercolor invitation

black watercolor invitation

gold on black escort cards

We love the simple escort display above + the overgrown floral chandelier below!

floral garland chandelier

skinny candlestick decor

antler place card

floral garland chandelier

naked cake

The dramatic candlelight sets the perfect tone for a moody, fruit-topped naked cake display.

naked cake

sleepy hollow inspired wedding

sleepy hollow inspired wedding

sleepy hollow inspired wedding

A few parting words from Margaux, We hope to inspire your readers and show a bit of dark and haunting beauty with a natural twist for this Halloween.

Big thanks to the following artists for sharing this fun shoot with us today!

photography: Lukas & Suzy VanDyke // planning + design: Harmony Creative Studio // venue: The Ranch at Bandy Canyon Escondido, California // florals: Heirloom Design House // paper goods: RUMINARY CO. // calligraphy: Dear Darling Calligraphy & Co. // cake: The Fancy Boyz // hair: Cydney Hernandez // makeup: Kassandra Karr Beauty // models: Jessica Lenz, Justin Piccari // dress: Rmine Bespoke // groom’s attire: H&M, TopShop, Banana Republic

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Rose Gold + Heirloom Engagement Rings from Jared

Engagement Rings from Jared

Let’s say we add a little bit of sparkle to this Thursday with some gorgeous engagement rings from Jared! At the moment, we’re all about rose gold rings and vintage-inspired, heirloom finds. So, we thought we’d share a few of our current faves from Jared, that match these trends, so we can get our glitz fix on. But first, for those of you who aren’t familiar with Jared, or if you haven’t been to a store in ages, let us catch you up to speed! With over 5x the selection of other jewelry stores, Jared is the bridal destination for gorgeous, quality wedding and engagement rings. And as you’ll see in our ring round ups below, style is also at the forefront of their agenda.

Rose Gold Engagement Rings

Clockwise from Left: 1. Bezel-Set Rose Gold Band // 2. White Topaz Cushion Cut Ring // 3. Green Amethyst Rose Gold Ring  // 4. Round Diamond Cluster Ring // 5. White Topaz Rose Gold Ring

 

heirloom engagement rings

Clockwise from Left: 1. Neil Lane Diamond Ring Setting // 2. Round Diamond Engagement Ring // 3. White Gold Diamond Ring // 4. Round Petal Engagement Ring // 5. Diamond Solitaire Ring

Such pretty pieces, right?! To learn more about any of the rings seen here, or shop thousands of other beautiful options, be sure to stop by the Jared site today! And for more wedding + engagement jewelry eye candy, follow Jared on Twitter + Facebook! Join in on the wedding ring chatter by using the hashtag #BRIDEnBEYOND  :)

* This post is sponsored by Jared® The Galleria Of Jewelry. All content, ideas, and words are by Green Wedding Shoes. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!

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