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I’m so excited to be joining Wayfair today for the Taste Maker’s Table.

Outdoor Fall Table: pretty pumpkins, leaves and lanterns hanging over the table, rustic wood chargers, and cozy vintage plaid blankets make the perfect fall tablescape.

Today is the first day of fall, and right on cue the leaves are starting to change colour where I live.

Outdoor Fall Table: pretty pumpkins, leaves and lanterns hanging over the table, rustic wood chargers, and cozy vintage plaid blankets make the perfect fall tablescape.

We have a forest behind our house, and every year there are a few maple trees that are the first to change colour from green to beautiful oranges, yellows, and reds.  The changing leaves inspired this table.

Outdoor Fall Table: pretty pumpkins, leaves and lanterns hanging over the table, rustic wood chargers, and cozy vintage plaid blankets make the perfect fall tablescape.

We have a pergola over our back patio and I thought it would be the perfect place to set up our fall tablescape.

Outdoor Fall Table: pretty pumpkins, leaves and lanterns hanging over the table, rustic wood chargers, and cozy vintage plaid blankets make the perfect fall tablescape.

One of my favourite details, and the starting place for this tablescape, are the pretty leaves hanging over the table.  I went for a little walk with my puppy in the morning and collected them in the woods.  I strung some fishing line from the pergola and tied the leaves on to it.  Since there was a little breeze, I also tied a few nuts -as in nuts and bolts, onto the end of each piece of fishing line to help weigh it down a little.

Outdoor Fall Table: pretty pumpkins, leaves and lanterns hanging over the table, rustic wood chargers, and cozy vintage plaid blankets make the perfect fall tablescape.

The leaves looked so pretty blowing in the wind.

Outdoor Fall Table: pretty pumpkins, leaves and lanterns hanging over the table, rustic wood chargers, and cozy vintage plaid blankets make the perfect fall tablescape.

For the table, I started with a white runner down the middle and layered a burlap one on top of that -find some more inspiration from Wayfair’s beautiful table linens.  Next came some small branches and leaves.  Then I layered on some pretty pumpkins, birch poles, and candles.

Outdoor Fall Table: pretty pumpkins, leaves and lanterns hanging over the table, rustic wood chargers, and cozy vintage plaid blankets make the perfect fall tablescape.

I love the different soft colours of pumpkins.

Outdoor Fall Table: pretty pumpkins, leaves and lanterns hanging over the table, rustic wood chargers, and cozy vintage plaid blankets make the perfect fall tablescape.

Next I added in the place settings.  I used my wood round chargers for a real rustic look.

Outdoor Fall Table: pretty pumpkins, leaves and lanterns hanging over the table, rustic wood chargers, and cozy vintage plaid blankets make the perfect fall tablescape.

I also used simple white plates and gold cutlery, along with some amber glasses I’ve had for years.

Outdoor Fall Table: pretty pumpkins, leaves and lanterns hanging over the table, rustic wood chargers, and cozy vintage plaid blankets make the perfect fall tablescape.

On everyone’s plate, I layered a simple linen napkin, another pretty leaf, and a little white baby boo pumpkin.

Outdoor Fall Table: pretty pumpkins, leaves and lanterns hanging over the table, rustic wood chargers, and cozy vintage plaid blankets make the perfect fall tablescape.

With the sun shining, a gentle breeze, and view of the forest this is the perfect spot for a fall dinner.

Outdoor Fall Table: pretty pumpkins, leaves and lanterns hanging over the table, rustic wood chargers, and cozy vintage plaid blankets make the perfect fall tablescape.

Now all I need is a pumpkin pie. 😉

Outdoor Fall Table: pretty pumpkins, leaves and lanterns hanging over the table, rustic wood chargers, and cozy vintage plaid blankets make the perfect fall tablescape.

With a pretty Outdoor Fall Tablescape like this one, life really is a party!

Succulent Naked Cake

Succulent Naked Cake: made from cake mixes, and faux succulents; easy and sure to impress.

This month for our #12MonthsofDIY challenge we’re working with faux florals.  Our faux florals were generously supplied by Afloral, and they’re so realistic looking!

Succulent Naked Cake: made from cake mixes, and faux succulents; easy and sure to impress.

I used faux succulents to decorate a naked layer cake for my project this month.

Succulent Naked Cake: made from cake mixes, and faux succulents; easy and sure to impress.

I made the cake from two white cake mixes. I divided the mixes between two nine inch spring form pans for the bottoms layers and two 8 inch round cake pans for the top layers.  Try to make them all the same depth when you add the batter, so that your layers are as even as possible (I made one mix at a time and baked one large and one small each time so it would be divided as evenly as possible).

Succulent Naked Cake: made from cake mixes, and faux succulents; easy and sure to impress.]

Once the cakes are completely cooled it’s time to ice them.  Naked cakes just have icing between the layers and on the top, sort of like a crumb coat.  Use your favourite icing recipe for the icing.

Succulent Naked Cake: made from cake mixes, and faux succulents; easy and sure to impress.

To add the succulents to the cake, I trimmed the ends with some wire cutters and pushed them into the cake.  Easy peasy.

Succulent Naked Cake: made from cake mixes, and faux succulents; easy and sure to impress.

I also added another little faux succulent to a pretty vintage teacup.

Succulent Naked Cake: made from cake mixes, and faux succulents; easy and sure to impress.

These would be perfect for a birthday, shower, or any special occasion.

Succulent Naked Cake: made from cake mixes, and faux succulents; easy and sure to impress.

I love the idea too that after the special occasion you could keep the succulents and use them somewhere else, like perhaps a terrarium -and remember the special day every time you saw them.

Succulent Naked Cake: made from cake mixes, and faux succulents; easy and sure to impress.

I love how this little project turned out, and it was delicious too. 😉

Succulent Naked Cake: made from cake mixes, and faux succulents; easy and sure to impress.

With a Succulent Naked Cake, life really is a party!
Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY faux floral project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends!

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From the top left, they are:

Succulent Naked Cake from Life Is A Party

DIY Fall Floral Log Centerpiece With Tea Light Candles from Woman In Real Life

Daisy Frame Art With Free Printables from Lifeovereasy

Faux Floral Fall Decor from Brooklyn Berry Designs

A Fall Copper Centrepiece from Love Create Celebrate

DIY Vintage Succulent Centerpiece from Vin’yet Etc.

Silk Flower Lighted Branches Floral Arrangement Tutorial from Time With Thea

DIY Faux Floral Art from Heather in Heels

DIY Fall Floral Centrepiece from PMQ for Two

Easy DIY Burlap and Floral Fall Wreath from Sustain My Craft Habit

Faux Floral and Leaf Garland for a Fall Tablescape from The DIY Mommy

Plants for a Windowless Room from Fresh Crush

Fall Fairy Garden

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

I love this time of year, it’s cooler outside, the leaves are turning, and it’s time for warm drinks and pumpkin everything.  I also love fairy gardens, so I thought it might be fun to make one for fall this year.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

The first thing I did was make a little fall themed fairy house for the garden.  I used a tiny bird house from the dollar store as my base.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

I removed the bird peg from the bird house, and the screw from the top.  Then I gave the bird house a quick coat of orange/peach paint.  I printed out a bunch of vintage seed package images -like this free pumpkin seed one, and this sunflower one.  Then I cut the seed packages to fit the house and mod podged them onto the house.  I used images that made me think of the fall.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

For the door, I used a few little pieces of wood and a bead as a door handle and hot glued them on. For the roof, I used some preserved oak leaves -find them here, and mod podged them onto the roof.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

I also made the little fairy toadstools.  And they were really easy.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

 

I stared out with some corks from sparkling wine, and their shape inspired me, since they kind of look like a little mushroom.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

I painted the tops with some reddish-orange craft paint.  When it was dry, I added some white spots.  Then, I sealed it all with a coat of mod podge.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

Aren’t they the cutest?  Fairy gardens are all about the little details.  So next I made some little pumpkins out of polymer clay.  I have found the clay weathers really well in outdoor fairy gardens.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

I added some of the pumpkins to the doorway, and filled up a little miniature wagon I found at the craft store.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

To make the pumpkins, just make a ball of orange polymer clay, and then add some ridges with a blunt edge, and add a tiny brown clay stem.  Bake according to the manufactures instructions on the package.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

My favourite little detail in this garden is the fall leaves.  They’re real leaves!

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

I used a 1.5 cm leaf punch, from the craft store to make them from real fall leaves.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

You just punch them out of real leaves.  They will dry, and the edges may curl up a little, but they just look like real fallen leaves.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

If there is a predominant vein in your leaf, you can punch it out so that it’s running up and down on the miniature leaf, and it will look even more realistic.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

I set my little garden up at my front door on a wood stump so visitors could see it.  I love how it turned out, and my daughters had fun helping me make it.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

With a Miniature Fall Fairy Garden, life really is a party!

Pasta Bar Party

Pasta Bar: Perfect for a party, set up different pastas, sauces, and toppings and let your guests make-their-own!

Last week my oldest daughter had a birthday, and we’re planning a party with friends in a couple of weeks.  But we couldn’t let the special day go by without marking the occasion, so we had a special family party and celebrated with a Make Your Own Pasta Bar.

Pasta Bar: Perfect for a party, set up different pastas, sauces, and toppings and let your guests make-their-own!

We’ve been entertaining a lot lately around here for the #yearoffeasting  We committed to hosting a party once a month for a year in the hopes of connecting with the ones we love and each other.  It was such a great decision and we’ve enjoyed it so much.

Pasta Bar: Perfect for a party, set up different pastas, sauces, and toppings and let your guests make-their-own!

It was so much fun to put together the pasta bar and I’m really excited to share it with you.  It’s so perfect for entertaining, since everyone can find something they love, and all you have to do is set it up and let them help themselves, so you get a chance to enjoy your own party too.

Pasta Bar: Perfect for a party, set up different pastas, sauces, and toppings and let your guests make-their-own!

I set it all up in the dining room.  We offered three pastas -fettuccine, cheese tortellini, and rotini.

Pasta Bar: Perfect for a party, set up different pastas, sauces, and toppings and let your guests make-their-own!

There were three pasta sauces;  tomato, alfredo, and a blush sauce.

Pasta Bar: Perfect for a party, set up different pastas, sauces, and toppings and let your guests make-their-own!

Then we made lots of fun toppings.  We had grilled chicken, Italian sausage, meatballs, sauteed veggies, parmesan cheese and hot chilli flakes for those that like a little spice.

Our guests loved all the options, and tried all kinds of different combos.  It was perfect, even for fussy eaters.  I would definitely do it again.

Pasta Bar: Perfect for a party, set up different pastas, sauces, and toppings and let your guests make-their-own!

There were a lot of different components to the pasta bar, but they were all really simple to put together. I used store bought sauces, and meatballs.  I cooked the veggies ahead of time and just re-heated them.  Before serving my husband grilled the sausage and chicken on the bbq, I cooked the pasta, and heated up the sauces.  Along with this we made a caesar salad, and cooked some mozzarella sticks.  So it was pretty easy to put together.

Pasta Bar: Perfect for a party, set up different pastas, sauces, and toppings and let your guests make-their-own!

I wanted the table to continue the Italian theme, so we went for a rustic Italian feel.

Pasta Bar: Perfect for a party, set up different pastas, sauces, and toppings and let your guests make-their-own!

I used some tomato tins as herb planters and had basil, thyme, and Italian parsley as the centrepiece.

Pasta Bar: Perfect for a party, set up different pastas, sauces, and toppings and let your guests make-their-own!

We added some bread sticks, olives, and fresh tomatoes to the table for snacking.

Pasta Bar: Perfect for a party, set up different pastas, sauces, and toppings and let your guests make-their-own!

Each guest had their own roll, wrapped in parchment paper, waiting for them.

Pasta Bar: Perfect for a party, set up different pastas, sauces, and toppings and let your guests make-their-own!

I set us some Italian inspired drinks in the kitchen for our guests.

Pasta Bar: Perfect for a party, set up different pastas, sauces, and toppings and let your guests make-their-own!

This was such a fun get-together, I highly recommend it to you for a party.

Pasta Bar: Perfect for a party, set up different pastas, sauces, and toppings and let your guests make-their-own!

With a Make Your Own Pasta Bar, life really is a party!

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