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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High Impact Entrances

When guests arrive to an event, you want them to be wowed! Creating an impactful event entrance can set the theme and the tone for the rest of the night. There are many ways to create a grand entrance for an event, and we want to show you a few of our favorites.

This rose covered tunnel definitely makes a “wow” statement. This entire structure was covered in red roses and lead the guests into the ballroom where the rest of the event was held. Paired with a red carpet, guests feel like they are getting the royal treatment. Another way to create impact is to drape the doors or entryway for your event with a bold print fabric. We love this simple black and white stripe, but a bright red or pink would also have a great effect.

Rose entryway inspired by: When Geeks Wed Striped entryway inspired by: Style Me Pretty

Rose entryway inspired by: When Geeks Wed
Striped entryway inspired by: Style Me Pretty

If you are having a themed event, dressing up your entrance is a great way to carry the feeling of the event from start to finish. For example, Keith Watson Events used blue and white draping along with fishermans netting, seashells, and starfish to bring the feel of the ocean to the entrance of this room. For a 75th anniversary dinner, we chose blue and white striped draping for the entrance. Coordinating the rest of the linens with the entryway gave a cohesive feel to the space.

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If you are wanting something with a more neutral pallet, white draping accented with flowers is always a great idea. We love this stunning flower arrangement paired with white draping at the entrance to this tent. The flower detail on the drape ties the two pieces together. Covering a boring hotel hallway with white fabric completely changes the feel your guests get when they arrive at your event. The crystal chandeliers add sparkle and glamor.

White floral draping inspired by: My Wedding Concierge Chandelier and draping inspired by: Colonial Event

White floral draping inspired by: My Wedding Concierge
Chandelier and draping inspired by: Colonial Event

These next designs are great for Bar or Bat Mitzvahs. This balloon tunnel was created for a circus-themed Bar Mitzvah. The red drapes create drama and make you feel like you are walking into a big-top tent. For a nautical themed event, try hanging blue and white paper streamers just inside the door where guests walk in. If you are having a winter event, rows of white drapes accented with blue lighting make you feel cold just looking at them. The white snowflake light designs on the ceiling add a subtle winter detail.

Balloon entrance inspired by: Caplan Miller Streamer entryway inspired by: Kojo Designs Ice blue entryway inspired by: Power Station Events

Balloon entrance inspired by: Caplan Miller
Streamer entryway inspired by: Kojo Designs
Ice blue entryway inspired by: Power Station Events

If there are multiple entryways for an event, dressing them all the same unifies the look of the event. For these entrances, Keith Watson Events decided that ceiling-high draping would make the entrance feel grand and have high visual impact. The topiaries to each side add interest and draw the eye up, accentuating the height of the drapes.  Using props at the entrance is a great way to announce the theme for your party. For one of our events, we stacked vintage suitcases on each side of the entryway for a travel theme. If you are having a party with a more rustic style, consider using burlap at your entryway. For our event, we combined burlap, red draping, and wagon wheels to set the feeling for the room.

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For an all white event, these two entrances are sure to please. Combining white roses and white draping creates an entryway that is far from boring. The candelabras lining the walls adds impact and glamor for the guests.  Using white striped drapes and mirrored columns create a gorgeous modern entrance. The white flower arrangements in crystal vases soften the look. This entryway is clean and elegant but definitely high impact.

White and mirror entryway inspired by: SpecialEvents.com White and rose entryway inspired by: TheKnot.com

White and mirror entryway inspired by: SpecialEvents.com
White and rose entryway inspired by: TheKnot.com

What do you think of these designs? Do you know of other high-impact entryways?

Ceremony Aisle Decor

Every bride dreams of the day when she will walk down the aisle.  But many are looking for something other than the traditional tulle and flowers. We have pulled together some of the most beautiful and uniquely decorated aisles to help inspire your walk on your big day!

We love the drama that this swirl design adds to the aisle. This lovely pattern is created using rose petals, and can be done in either one solid color, or multicolored. If you are looking for something a little more casual, these paper hearts lining the aisle add a unique charm. This aisle sets a fun and casual tone for the rest of the day.

Swirl aisle design inspired by: Elisabeth Hanne Designs Hearts aisle design inspired by:100 Layer Cake

Swirl aisle design inspired by: Elisabeth Hanne Designs
Hearts aisle design inspired by: 100 Layer Cake

We love the touch of blue used in these aisles. These lovely bouquets of hydrangeas and roses hung  from shepherds hooks and lined the aisle of our very own bride, Susan Browning Steiglitz, at her Santa Fe River Ranch wedding.   The colors of these arrangements were stunning, and created an elegant feel to this outdoor wedding.

Not every aisle runner has to be white. The soft white rose petals are the perfect finishing touch to this simple yet beautiful aisle.

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Colorful aisles are so much fun! The swirl patterns around the edge of the aisle and the bright orange runner look great against the clean white in the rest of the room. The pink columns with flower arrangements add detail to the design of the aisle and match the columns on the altar. If you are looking for a more non-traditional aisle concept, try this unique spiral arrangement for your chairs. This design allows all of your guests to get a great view of you as you make your way to your I-do’s.  Accenting the entrance with bright floral arrangements and scattering rose petals along the edge adds just enough color while keeping the aisle clean and contemporary.

Colorful aisle design inspired by: Your Edmonton Wedding Swirl aisle design inspired by: Art of Weddings

Colorful aisle design inspired by: Your Edmonton Wedding
Swirl aisle design inspired by: Art of Weddings

If your ceremony will be held in a church, don’t worry, there are many ways to beautify your walk down the aisle too, as seen in these photos of past couple’s ceremonies.  Consider white flower arrangements placed on tall pedestals lining the aisle. The crystals hanging from the flowers added sparkle to this aisle at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. Another option is to add simple bows to the end of each pew at St. Augustine Catholic Church.  The red petals and the pink ribbon created a beautiful romantic feel. If you are looking for something more causal, you can line your aisle with flower pomanders hanging from shepherds hooks. These can be done in many colors, accented with colored pearl heard pins.

aisle6Arranging your ceremony chairs in a circle around your chuppah or altar allows a 360 degree view for you and your guests. This arrangement works great for large square or irregularly shaped areas, and creates a beautiful symmetry for the space. If you are looking for something elegant for your aisle, this arrangement of stone columns and soft pink flowers would look lovely. The sheer fabric draped between columns softens the stone and gives a lovely airy feel to the aisle.

Flowered column aisle décor inspired by: I do I do I do I do Circle ceremony design inspired by: Art of Weddings

Flowered column aisle décor inspired by: I do I do I do I do
Circle ceremony design inspired by: Art of Weddings

For a more rustic outdoor wedding, there are still plenty of unique ways to dress up your aisle. We love this burlap runner for an outdoor wedding. The small flower arrangements on the edges of the chairs lining the aisle visually softens the rough fabric.  If you are having your ceremony under the open sky, consider a mirrored aisle. This design is created using individual plexi-glass mirrors and then lining the aisle with bright red ribbon or fabric. The reflection of the sky above looks amazing in photographs.

Mirrored aisle inspired by: Kands Photography Burlap aisle inspired by: Georgeous.com.au

Mirrored aisle inspired by: Kands Photography
Burlap aisle inspired by: Georgeous.com.au

Finally, these last two aisles will forever be classic and elegant. This first aisle is covered completely with multi colored rose petals. Accented by floating candles and rose petals in large hurricane vases, this aisle winds its way to the ceremony, allowing the bride and her father to share a sweet and intimate walk together. The long flowing ribbons on this next aisle create a romantic feel as they flutter in the breeze. The small arrangements on the corner of the chairs add a bit of simple elegance to this lovely aisle.

Petal aisle inspired by: Martha Stewart Weddings Ribbon aisle décor inspired by: Style Unveiled

Petal aisle inspired by: Martha Stewart Weddings
Ribbon aisle décor inspired by: Style Unveiled

What do you think about these unique designs? Do you plan on having a non-traditional aisle on your big day?

Sparkler Send Off- Do’s and Dont’s

Here at Keith Watson Events, more and more brides are requesting that the grand exit at their wedding be a sparkler send off with all of their guests. We love the amazing photos that come from it and embrace the unique idea, but here are a few tips on how to make this wedding trend go off without a hitch!

It is important for guests to know what time they should begin gathering for the sparkler send off and where. The DJ or emcee can definitely help by making an announcement when the time comes, but it’s a great idea to have a few signs displayed around the reception area so guests are made aware of the time this is occurring and to get them excited for it!

Packaging the sparklers in a personalized presentation is an easy way to store and display them for guests. Fill a galvanized tub or a wooden crate with these sparkler sets and have them set out in the area the sparkler send off will take place. It is a much more organized and hassle-free way to make sure every guest has a sparkler rather than just passing them out.

sparkler instructional inspiration

Another VERY important thing to remember if you are interested in having a sparkler send off is the size of the sparkler. Some brides make the mistake of purchasing sparklers that are too short in length. You want the sparkler to be as long as possible. The shorter the sparkler, the less time all of your guests have to get all of them lit at the same time.  This means the bride and groom have a shorter window to make their grand exit as well as a smaller amount of time to capture that amazing photo of the send off.

This process is very choreographed, so it also helps if you have several people in charge of directing all of your guests to begin lighting their sparklers. We recommend having multiple lighters stationed in different areas throughout the area where your guests are gathered. We also find that sparklers light better off of each other, so once one is lit, begin having guests light their sparklers off of the flames of already lit ones.

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Brides – don’t forget to stop and kiss the groom for an amazing photo and memory! How cute are these couples? And what an incredible photo with the sparklers lighting the bride and groom!

sparkler photo opp inspiration

Would you be interested in a sparkler send off at your wedding?

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?

Hosting a Carnival-Themed Party

Whether searching for birthday party ideas for your kids, or hosting a fun pool party and are in need of a unique theme, creating a carnival for guests to enjoy with entertaining  games and decor will definitely make your event a memorable one! We have found a variety of different DIY carnival party decor and game ideas that will make planning this event all fun and games!

Decor for this theme can be as simple or as extravagant as you want! Pinwheels, streamers, flags, and red and white stripes all scream carnival and are easy to incorporate to an outdoor setting for a carnival themed party! Below are some ideas we put together.

Use scrap fabric to make a tassel garland to decorate the carnival with. No sewing required! Another decor idea is to make a collection of pinwheels to give to the party guests or decorate the yard with. Streamers are always so easy to create and are a great way to decorate a party with. Keeping with the carnival theme, ticket streamers are such a fun decor idea and an easy one for the kids to get involved in. Make them by stapling rings of tickets together in a chain and hang them around the party area!

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Tassel idea from: Pretty Prudent
Ticket streamer idea from: Pam Garrison
Pinwheel idea from: Style me Pretty

Games for guests to enjoy are essential at any carnival-themed party. There are so many clever and simple ideas out there, but here are a few that we thought were too cute not to share! Games for guests to partake in are also trending in vintage/outdoor weddings, and all these ideas can easily be recreated for a wedding as well!

Set up a pyramid of cans on top of a barrel and see who can knock them all down. This game definitely enhances the carnival theme, but the rustic feel of the barrel and cans also adds a unique vintage flair to the decor as well.  Another game idea to incorporate at your carnival party, is to set up a pretty ring toss game by painting the bottles and covering  hoop rings with fabric. This balloon dart game shown below is created by sticking balloons through a pegboard and seeing who can pop the most by throwing darts. So much fun!

Barrel and cans game idea by: Casa Sugar Balloon dart game idea by: Landee See, Landee Do Ring toss game idea by: Two shades of Pink

Barrel and cans game idea from: Casa Sugar
Balloon dart game idea from: Landee See, Landee Do
Ring toss game idea from: Two Shades of Pink

A couple of more game ideas include the Spray Away Game where guests get a ticket for each ping pong ball they can knock off the tee with a water gun, and a Bean Bag Toss where bowls are lined up in a row and guests attempt to throw bean bags to rack up the highest points.  To end the festivities, we found the “fish in a bag”, a clever game prize idea to give guests at the carnival.  You make fish shaped soap and set it inside bags of water. How cute!

Spray away game idea from: Martha Stewart Bean bag toss idea from: Morgan Moore Fish in a bag prize idea from: Cap Creations

Spray away game idea from: Martha Stewart
Bean bag toss idea from: Morgan Moore
Fish in a bag prize idea from: Cap Creations

What do you think of this theme for your next party?

Summer Garden Party

Garden parties are the best opportunity for you to enjoy close friends and family in the most natural setting… your backyard! Whether it is a Sunday brunch after church or a Saturday night dinner with cocktails, a garden party is an awesome excuse to add some pizazz to your backyard with bright, colorful summer decor that will add vigor and life to your party.

We decided to share some easy and simple decor ideas for a garden party that anyone can put together.

We love the idea of incorporating real fruit into centerpiece arrangements. Not only does it add color to your table setting, but the aroma of fresh fruit will enhance the summer outdoor feel as well.

new fruit centerpiece

Dress up your bird bath or spare bucket you have lying around the garage by filling them up with water and adding floating flower heads! You can coordinate the flowers you use with the arrangement you have on your dining table or you can use fresh flowers growing in the yard. Add floating candles as well to the water to create a great nighttime ambiance for your guests to enjoy!

Floating Flower Inspiration

What are some of your summer garden party decor ideas that you have used or plan to use??