How can you decorate to set the scene? I recently attended a family reunion – catered by Serendipity, of course. Hosted by my aunt and uncle, the setting was a casual western theme. Blue and white checks, as well as blue and white paisley linens, draped the tables. Arrangements of yellow sunflowers and yellow napkins added dots of color throughout the yard and as the sun began to set, white candles lit up the tables.  Coordinating colors and flowers were used inside the house in areas guests would be using. The look set the tone for casual conversation and made the evening feel comfortable and cozy.

Decorate the Venue

Dinner decor will add to the experience of your guests. While decorating your home and table may seem intimidating, there are a few basic ideas that work for any party and won’t break the bank.

Begin by choosing the color scheme for your special occasion. A white linen topped“Choose a napkin that will complement your overall color scheme and tie a fresh sprig of Rosemary into it for a simple yet sophisticated look that also adds a wonderful aroma to your place settings.” with white dishes and candles creates a beautiful, blank canvas, which is an excellent starting point.


  • Choose several colors, textures, and widths of ribbon.
  • Lay the ribbons lengthwise to create stripes of color.
  • Weave together multiple lengths of ribbon for a more elaborate look.
  • Coordinating ribbons can be tied around napkins or wine glasses.
  • Tie the matching ribbon around candles throughout your house to continue the look.


  • Simple, clear vases are excellent for colors and themes.
  • Fill the vases with items that help carry out your party theme or colors.

For this reason, for Halloween consider putting a pillar candle in the vase and filling around the candle with candy corns. Replace the candy with autumn leaves for a more formal look. Clear vases can display bread sticks or seasonal fruits and vegetables. Fill a vase or two with colorful party favors. Beads, ornaments, sand, rocks and colored water with floating candles are other ideas for your clear vases.

“Create a simple, elegant, monochromatic floral arrangement of green roses or brilliant yellow tulips in a clear glass, cylindrical vase and sprinkle river-rocks around the base, between the candles.  If you are feeling creative, wrap a handful of Bear Grass around the inside of the vase and drop a few rocks in the bottom before filling with water and flowers.  This simple design is stunning and sure to impress your guests,” Heidi suggested.


contributes greatly to the scene.

  • Candles are a simple way to add warmth to your gathering.
  • Individual tea lights included at each place setting will personalize the dining experience.
  • Placing candles throughout the venue will enhance the feeling of warmth.

Lights heavily effect to a party’s atmosphere. Decorate a string of white lights to frame the front door is a great way to welcome guests. Colorful craft bags can be filled with sand and candles to create a luminous walkway your guest can follow.

“Candlelight warms and softens any space beautifully so you can never have too many candles, inside or out.” – Heidi

Craft Time

Next, consider repurposing common items as decorations. Therefore, hay bales can be used for seating at a fall barbecue. Flowers can be arranged in beer steins for an Oktoberfest party and bandanas make great napkins for any fall gathering.

Need help decorating your next party?

Call Serendipity today to let Heidi help you create the perfect setting for your next party. Heidi will work with you to understand your overall vision, regardless of how simple or extravagant, and help bring it to fruition.

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