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Glamorous Fall Birthday Dinner

I happen to take birthdays very seriously. It’s not just a day, it’s usually a week long extravaganza and this is exactly how I envision a proper bash to unfold. A melding of birthday and Fall, glamour and dinner all with the added bonus of being a gorgeous surprise. Crafted by Affairy Events with the prettiest fall blooms by Caprice Design + Decor and photography by Purple Tree, this birthday girl is a lucky one.

As summer comes to end we tend to get sad and forget how beautiful the fall is. When we were planning this surprise birthday dinner for a birthday girl who happened to be born in September we did not want to take a risk and organize and outdoor party. Instead, we decided to bring the beautiful colours of fall inside a blank canvas space. For an eye catching contrast we chose to pair oranges with royal blue.

We are used seeing elaborate decor only at weddings and often overlook the details when it comes to planning a birthday party. You do not have to go to a happening restaurant, you can create a beautiful, festive and special atmosphere even in a private residence in Toronto. Beautiful centrepieces will make your dinner table look chic and festive. Add a luxury linen, elegant china and charger plates, seating cards and you will create an unforgettable experience for your loved one.

Photography: Purple Tree Wedding Photography | Event Planning: Affairy Events | Floral Design: Caprice Design + Decor | Invitations: Caprice Design + Decor | Chairs: Details Chair Couture | China: Zara Home | Rentals: Have A Seat

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12 Tricks for Easy Thanksgiving Clean-Up

For as yummy as Thanksgiving Dinner is, the kitchen aftermath can be quite the cleaning nightmare. And while dishes are inevitable, there are a few simple steps that can help ease the impending mess and leave a little more time for cozy couch lounging and pie. Lots of pie. Try these twelve tricks for an easier, faster clean-up after the big Turkey Day feast.

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Magical Friendsgiving Dinner under the Stars

Whether it’s inspiration for the real Thanksgiving deal, a gathering of friends or a gorgeous dinner, this party will suffice. It covers all the basis of a magical shindig and then some with design and hostess extraordinaire Megan Martin at the helm, florals crafted by Shea Hopely  and all captured by Julie Cate Photography. Find inspiration for giving thanks, champagne and good cheer right here.

From Megan Martin… As a business owner, I have so much to be thankful for. And in the wedding industry, there are many people who I hope to express all year long how thankful I am for them. But for fun, I wanted to host a gathering for a group of creative vendors local to the Jacksonville area who have been an integral part of my journey and who inspire me with their beautiful work, so I decided to host a “Frindsgiving” for these sweet friends.

My goal for the party was for each guest to feel special and inspired to share gratitude beyond the evening. That goal shaped the design of the evening with luxe touches of farmhouse tables lined with gold chivaris and accented with tons of candlelight and soft full florals. One of my favorite details brought to life was framing the handmade wooden bar with birch branches adorned with a eucalyptus garland and long flowing ribbon tails. As wedding professionals, we often work so hard to set the stage for a night of love and intentional details for our clients, so I wanted each vendor to be able to come to the table and really enjoy a beautiful meal in their honor. And in hopes of spreading the gratitude forward, each place setting held an empty card for our guests to bring home with them and take a few precious moments to set aside the busy of life and write a handwritten note to someone else they are grateful for this season.

It was a magical night of friendship and fun under the twinkle lights that left me with a refreshed heart, because gratitude really does change everything.

Photography: Julie Cate Photography | Floral Design: Shea Hopely | Catering: Designed Events Inc. | Chairs: Jax Chair Boutique | Event Design & Host: Megan Martin | Rentals: Luxe Party Rentals | Rentals: Set Event Rentals