Fall Decor

Fall is officially here!  We love the variety of rich colors that make this season so beautiful. There are many  new and creative ways to decorate for this wonderful season. We love these pinecone topiaries. The green pine needles in the base of each metal container bring a nice contrasting color to the piece.

Using gourds as flower vases is a great way to use a traditional fall piece in a unique way. The deep jewel tones of these flowers look lovely together and bringing purple into your fall decor brightens the arrangements. The sprig of berries adds texture to these soft flowers. Cut some of the gourds shorter than the others to add variety to the height of your arrangements.

Pinecone decor inspired by: Midwest Living Gourd decor inspired by: Midwest Living

Pinecone decor inspired by: Midwest Living
Gourd decor inspired by: Midwest Living

This door decoration is adorable and very easy to make! Just take wooden letters from an arts and crafts store and paint them in oranges, greens, and yellows and hang them from your door using fun patterned ribbons. The pumpkin entryway pieces make a great statement. We love the addition of the family initial on the pot.

If you are looking for a simple way to accent other arrangements, these fall leaf votives are a great way to do it. Wrapping brightly colored fall leaves (real or artificial) around a candle votive with twine creates a festive accent to any table. For a more subtle fall accent, consider painting miniature pumpkins with gold metallic paint and use them as placecards at your next dinner party. These pumpkins can add a little sparkle to the rest of the table if you scatter them among other arrangements or group them together in the center of your table for a  more clean look.

Fall door decor inspired by: Sand and Sisal Fall leaf votive inspired by: Midwest Living Gold pumpkin decor inspired by: Martha Stewart

Fall door decor inspired by: Sand and Sisal
Fall leaf votive inspired by: Midwest Living
Gold pumpkin decor inspired by: Martha Stewart

Fall is a great season to spend time with your family. Instead of dealing with the mess of carving pumpkins this year, try decorating pumpkins with each family member’s name using paint or stick-on vinyl letters. Other designs can be added  to the pumpkins for a more personalized look.

White pumpkins are a fun new trend in fall decor. We love how they were used in this table centerpiece. The contrast between the red and gold berries and the white pumpkin  is beautiful and gives a bright clean look to a table. Using warm rich colored table cloths underneath the pumpkins makes them pop. These pumpkins would look great on a mantle or side table as well.

Named pumpkins inspired by: Who Arted White pumpkins inspired by: Better Homes and Gardens

Named pumpkins inspired by: Who Arted
White pumpkins inspired by: Better Homes and Gardens

If you are looking for a fun way to bring flowers into your fall decor, we suggest this fun project. Glue fall colored flower heads to pumpkins.  You can create solid colored pumpkins, or have fun with striped patterns or polka-dots! Placing all of your decorated pumpkins together on a table creates a lovely arrangement.

For a clean classic look, we love this monogrammed pumpkin on a front porch. To re-create this beautiful look, paint a large pumpkin white and then add your family’s monogram. Place the pumpkin in a large pot and accent with berry vines to complete the look.

Flower pumpkin inspired by: Better Homes and Gardens Monogrammed pumpkin inspired by: Lauren Conrad

Flower pumpkin inspired by: Better Homes and Gardens
Monogrammed pumpkin inspired by: Lauren Conrad

We love decorating for the different seasons! Are there any unique ways you decorate for Fall?

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Great Gatsby Themed Party

A Great Gatsby or Roaring 20’s themed party is full of glamor and sparkle! Following the recent release of the movie “The Great Gatsby”, 1920’s themed parties have become a hot trend in events. Creating a party that takes your guests back to the Prohibition Era is easy. Start  with a classic pallet of black and gold and embellish with touches of crystal. For your tablescape, use simple patterned linens as a base and accent with gold rimmed charger plates or goldware for a more opulent feel. For the table numbers, opt for an art deco style cutout with a clean font for the numbers. Continue your art-deco feel with your food. Choose a clean geometric pattern for cakes or serve hors d’oeuvres on gold dishes.

Tablescape inspired by: Camille Styles  Table number inspired by: Style Unveiled Cakes inspired by: Lael Cakes Goldware inspired by: Ashley Bee Blog

Tablescape inspired by: Camille Styles
Table number inspired by: Style Unveiled
Cakes inspired by: Lael Cakes
Goldware inspired by: Ashley Bee Blog

We love these 20’s themed details that add that something special to the party. Instead of traditional chair sashes, consider a chair cover with beaded fringe, reminiscent of flirty flapper dresses. Pearl accents on napkin rings and in the floral design add a soft feel to the room.  For a more grand centerpiece, this feathered arrangement with orchids and crystals becomes a focal point in the room. We can’t forget the champagne! A champagne tower is a wonderful design element and is always a great hit with guests.

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Pearls inspired by: A Positively Beautiful Blog
Champagne tower inspired by: Champagne Macarons
Chair cover inspired by: Style Unveiled
Feathered centerpiece inspired by: Absolute Perfections

For a fun way to get your guests in the spirit, provide the male guests with fedoras and the female guests with long strands of pearls when they arrive. Continue the 20’s feel with a costumed live band to keep guests on the dance floor long into the night.

What do you think about throwing a Gatsby themed party? Are there any other ways to create a 1920’s feel?

Back to School

It’s that time of the year again! Children are back in school, and why not dress up your home with a little “back to school” decor to get the kids excited for this time of the year.

Wreaths are a great way to not only share your love for back to school with your family but also with your neighbors. Show them you creative side by displaying one of these adorable wreaths on your front door. Incorporating all different kinds of school supplies such as crayons, rulers, chalk boards, apples, etc. is an easy yet unique way to create “back to school” decor.

Back to School Wreath Inspiration Board

Ruler Wreath inspired by: Family Frugal Fun
Burlap Back to School Wreath inspired by: Etsy
Crayon Wreath inspired by: The Cutest Blog on The Block

Here are some cute ideas for “back to school” themed centerpieces at your home or even a unique idea to give to your children’s teachers! Again, using all sorts of school supplies in these centerpieces is a cost effective way to keep your tablescape bright and colorful and get kids in the school spirit! Adding fresh flowers such as daises, sunflowers, or carnations is another great idea to add pops of color to a table!

Back to School Centerpiece Inspiration Board

Pencils & Sunflower Centerpiece inspired by: Stubborns
Letter Magnets and Daisy Centerpiece inspired by: Hollyhocks & Honeybees
Colored Pencils and Sunflower Centerpiece inspired by: Catch my Party

Check out this awesome ruler table runner and pencil wall decor. These are easy DIY projects and would be great decor pieces that could easily be used every year when back to school rolls around to get kids excited!

Back to School Decor Inspiration Board

Pencil Wall Decor inspired by: Etsy
Ruler Table Runner inspired by: Flearing France

What do you think of these “back to school” decor ideas? What are some ways you get your children excited about the new school year?

Baby Shower Ideas

With all the recent talk about the royal baby, we decided to give our readers some tips on how to throw a beautiful and fun baby shower!

Not everyone is looking to break the bank when throwing a shower. That is why we geared more toward simple, yet elegant decor that almost anyone can replicate for an event. Centerpieces will definitely add to the ambiance at a shower, and floral is an easy way to add a pop of color. An elaborate arrangement is not needed, but a more simple, smaller arrangement will give your table a focal point and enhance guests’ experience.

Using mason jars or small glass bottles is definitely a cost effective and adorable idea to have a simple centerpiece arrangement on the tables at a shower. Wild flowers are currently trending for centerpiece designs at weddings, and this look can easily be used at a shower as well. We also love the fun idea of using baby’s breath at a baby shower! Fill a tin watering can or a galvanized bucket with baby’s breath and place on tables, and you have a perfect centerpiece for a small, outdoor gathering at a shower!

Baby Shower Centerpiece Inspiration Board

Centerpieces Inspired by: Martha Stewart

For an even more cost efficient arrangement for tables, we  like the idea of using a single flower placed in a tall, slender vase to create height on a table, or a single rose bud in a votive candle holder for a lower arrangement. How adorable are the champagne flutes filled with flowers as well!?

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Centerpieces Inspired by: Martha Stewart

Filling a cylinder vase with water dyed blue or pink to symbolize a boy or a girl topped with a floating candle is another creative way to save money by eliminating floral but still adding color to a tablescape.

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Centerpiece Inspired by: Martha Stewart

Getting guests involved at an event is a great way to increase enjoyment at a party. Fun games are easy to create for a baby shower. “Take a Guess” game is a unique place card displayed at each table setting for guests to partake in as they sit down to enjoy food.  A “Blindfolded Diaper Change” game is a great way to get guests on their feet and enjoy what this whole event is centered around – BABIES!

Creating unique baby themed favors is a great way to show appreciation for your guests’ attendance at the shower. Why not add a fun tag line to the favor boxes like the one shown below on the popcorn box, or a milk and cookies bar!

Baby Shower Gifts and Games Inspiration Board

“Ready to Pop” favor idea from: Ready to Pop Shop
“Take a Guess” game idea from: On to Baby
Cookie Bar favor idea from: Anchor

What are some other cute/unique ideas for decor, favors, games, etc. you’ve seen at baby showers?

Christmas in July

Keith Watson Events was very excited to have the opportunity to showcase some upcoming holiday trends at The Hilton’s, “Christmas in July” event in Gainesville, Florida! Take a look at some of the Christmas displays we were able to present, complete with our Keith Watson Carolers! A big thanks to Powers Photography for these amazing images!

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We are so thrilled to already have clients booking their holiday parties with us and can’t wait to open the Keith Watson Christmas Shop in the Tioga Town Center very soon. We just returned from a fun week at market, where we made so many fabulous Christmas purchases for the shop, so be on the lookout for more pictures of the new Christmas decor available for purchase soon!

Does this make anyone else SO excited for Christmas?!

Butterfield-Voss Wedding at Sweetwater Branch Inn

Keith Watson Events has had the amazing opportunity to work with so many incredible brides and vendors this past spring and summer! We enjoyed designing decor this wedding season for brides that really captured their vision and personality for their big day. This past May, we were honored to be a part of Ali Butterfield and Kyle Voss’ wedding in Gainesville, Florida at Sweetwater Branch Inn. We absolutely love working with great venues like Sweetwater and highly recommend it for brides who love the quaint feel of downtown Gainesville where they can have their ceremony and reception all in one beautiful location.

We designed the décor for Ali and Kyle with a modern approach using vibrant, tropical colors such as royal blue, turquoise, and orange. The floral design for her bouquets, alter arrangements, and cocktail and dining table centerpieces still kept that modern flair with a nod toward a tropical, beach feel.

One centerpiece design shown below was a large bubble bowl with an arrangement of calla lilies and bear grass wrapped inside submerged in water. The shape of the bowl with the floral and greenery wrapped inside definitely gives the arrangement a modern feel. We even had LIVE beta fish swimming around inside!!  No worries, all beta fish went home as favors to the children of the guests attending.

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The second centerpiece we designed for Ali and Kyle’s special day was a tall wrought iron vase filled with blue orbs and white and blue dendrobium orchids. It was a great addition to the lower arrangements, bringing some height to the room, and it complimented the tropical theme of the wedding. We also added drapery from the ceilings and lighting around the room illuminting the walls as well as the ceiling.

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Ali and Kyle wanted lots of personalized touches at their wedding. We designed a chalk board placed in the reception area that listed all of Ali and Kyle’s significant dates during their relationship. Also, their ceremony site was outside on the colonnade located in Sweetwater’s gardens. We created an orange pipe and drape backdrop and two large floral arrangements made with a variety of tropical flowers and greenery. We fell in love with this look!

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Of course we would be remiss without recommending our other favorite ceremony/reception combo venues in the Gainesville area.  They are in no particular order . . . Gainesville Golf and Country Club, Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club, Plantation Hall at Haile, Santa Fe River Ranch, Herlong Mansion, UF Hilton Hotel & Conference Center, Best Western Gateway Grand, FL Museum of Natural History, and Harn Museum of Art.

What do you think about these designs for your wedding? Are you a modern or more traditional bride when it comes to decor?

Decor & Floral Design by: Keith Watson Events

Venue & Caterer: Sweetwater Branch Inn

Photographer: Footstone Photography

Wood Inspired Wedding Decor

A rustic, natural theme is continuing to grow in popularity for events and is something brides are coming to Keith Watson Events looking to achieve at their wedding. Many brides have chosen to have some portion of their wedding outside whether that be their ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, or the entire event! Either way, incorporating rustic decor is a beautiful idea that we have seen accomplished in so many unique ways.

Willow branches are a gorgeous way to add another natural element into any floral arrangement. For centerpieces at dining tables, they are absolutely lovely placed with tall arrangements to create height and really wow guests. We love this display designed in a clear vase to allow guests to see the branches submerged in the water. Adding votive candle light surrounding this display really makes this entire arrangement stunning as evening approaches.

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Continuing with the wood decor accents,  wooden disks are an easy way to enhance a rustic theme at a wedding as well. Here at Keith Watson Events, we use this decor element often when designing rustic centerpieces. Whether using a few small wooden disks and placing mason jars, wine bottles, etc. on them or using one large wooden disk and placing a larger vase or bowl filled with flowers on it. Either arrangement can really play up that country feel brides are envisioning. We even love the idea of using a wooden disk as a cake stand! How creative!

Wooden Disk Decor

Finally, here are a few more creative ways to use wood decor accents that we just love! One idea we found was to use a log and cut out openings to hold guest’s place card holders. Another fun idea was to make table numbers out of wood. Even having wine barrels as decor is a great rustic addition to your decor.

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What do you think of these rustic, country decor ideas? What are some other ways you’ve seen brides pull off this trending theme?

July 4th Decor Inspirations

Every day is a reason to have a party here at Keith Watson Events, but the fourth of July created excitement to get our creative juices flowing and design decor to enhance this celebration of America!

We love that July 4th comes at the perfect time of the year to have a family gathering and enjoy the beautiful summer weather, so why not boost your guests’ experience by adding fun and easy decor to your outdoor table setting!

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This summer season, we continue to fall in love with natural, rustic decor, and we are  inspired by these centerpiece arrangements that are so simple and easy to recreate. White hydrangea, red carnations, and roses were flowers we saw trending when researching decor for this holiday, and we think they really do add a pop of color to enhance the red, white, and blue theme! The mason jars, bottles, and lanterns also give the tablescape a rustic, country feel and work well to hold a nice arrangement of flowers for your guests to enjoy.

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What are some of your July 4th decor ideas??