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Inspired by: A Sophisticated Halloween Soirée

Fall in Northern Michigan truly cannot be beat…have you seen these fall colors?! We love this time of year and cannot wait to partake in the halloween celebrations that are right around the corner. While we love classic halloween traditions and decor, we are currently inspired by this sophisticated Halloween soirée styled by L.A. based designer Jenni Kayne. The fresh color palette and organic touches are festive but not literal…perfect for a sophisticated, yet laid back celebration.


Kayne wanted to “achieve a feel that was all at once beautiful and a touch dark.”


A mix of grey, white and green pumpkins ran the length of the table. The pumpkins and gourds were accented with snowberries and green and purple kale. The color palette achieved with this design was stunning!


A burlap runner with grey stripes was used to set the table. Lighting accents like cast iron candleholders and black hurricanes were placed atop the runner to add soft lighting. From there, the floral and pumpkin accents filled in the center of the tablescape.


We love how the white pumpkins were carved out to create a vessel that housed the floral arrangements at each place setting.


Onyx plates from Heath Ceramics were beautifully paired with mismatched vintage flatware.


The simple place settings allowed the centerpieces and table runner to shine.


A delicious fall menu was of course the star of the show at this gathering!

If you don’t already follow Jenni’s blog Rip & Tan, we highly recommend adding it to your reading list. It is filled with great content on style, interiors, wellness and entertaining.  Each post showcases the designers’ exquisite taste and talent (also evident in her gorgeous namesake collection of clothing and stunning new lifestyle boutique in Newport Beach’s Lido Marina Village!). However it’s Jenni Kayne’s knack for effortless entertaining that has us truly inspired! We love this halloween party for the kiddos as well as this autumnal outdoor gathering. Whether you are planning a festive halloween party or simply making a home cooked meal filled with fall flavors, we hope you are able to spend time with loved ones and take in the special moments of the season.

Images by Yayo Ahumada