Fall-Inspired Events

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Fall flavors go beyond just pumpkin spice (though there's plenty of that too!). Check out 16 fall menu highlights from restaurants and event caterers around the country. Wedding, Ideas, Design, Autumn Wedding, Fall Wedding, Event Catering, Fall Menu, Catering, Event
16 Seasonal Dishes and Drinks We're Drooling Over This Fall
The fall season technically begins this weekend—but we've been leaning into the season's cozy vibes for weeks. And with many restaurants and caterers around the country unveiling their fall F&B menus, there's plenty to get excited about in the months ahead. From a pick-your-own candied apple station and miniature takes on Thanksgiving dinner to a margarita inspired by corn chips and pumpkin spice everything, here are some standouts from the season to inspire your own event catering.
It’s officially fall (out favorite time of the year), so grab your pumpkin-spiced latte and check out these 10 seasonal offerings sure to get you in the spirit. Autumn, Home, Home Décor, Fall Events, Pumpkin Spice, Fall, Spice, Festive
Make Guests 'Fall' for Your Event With These Autumnal Offerings
It's offically fall, which means we're ready for cooler weather and all things pumpkin spice. What’s a festive fall to-do without burnt oranges in your color palette, spiced drinks that incite cozy feelings, and recipes with in-season fruits? Here are 10 event offerings that cover it all…
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#ThrowbackThursday: 12 Fall-Inspired Design, Catering, and Activation Ideas From Past Events
As temperatures begin to drop, we're dreaming up inspiration for fall with a look back at 12 festive event design, catering, and activation ideas sure to spice up the season’s soirees.
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Fall Tabletop Inspiration: See This Harvest-Inspired Micro-Event for Jewish Holiday Sukkot
Boston-based TYGER | Event Design + Production created a modern take on the traditional holiday—while also offering design inspiration for small events of all types.
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Acorn Donut Holes Fall Recipe
This acorn donut hole recipe is a fun way to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of fall!
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Fall Centerpiece-Pile Of Pumpkins
Pile of Pumpkins
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Fall/Autumn, Thanksgiving holiday tablesetting inspiration. - Elegant.. perhaps without the huge middle arrangement.
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65+ Rustic Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas for 2024
Thanksgiving Centerpiece #centerpiece #fall #pumpkins
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Fall Benefits 2014: Trends in Decor, Catering, and More
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8 Ideas for Fall Entertaining in New York
Voilà Chocolat founder Peter Moustakerski has recruited Christophe Toury as master chocolatier and Dennis Teets as head of chocolate technology to create an artisanal, interactive chocolate-making experience. Opening in early November on Manhattan's Upper West Side, the shop will allow guests to make high-end chocolates, like gourmet truffles, chocolate bars, and more. Photo: Courtesy of Voilà Chocolat
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12 Ideas From Fall Benefits
The Celebration of Hope Gala, which benefits Lungevity, took place at New York's Pierre hotel on October 14. Events by André Wells designed the event and decked tables with bright bunches of flowers. The tables also held cards that provided information on lung cancer. Photo: 5TH AVENUE DIGITAL
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12 Ideas From Fall Benefits
The Art Institute of Chicago celebrated the Hindu festival Diwali with a richly colored fund-raiser November 7. The event had decor— with plenty of lanterns—from Virgina Wolff Inc. Photo: Robert Kusel
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12 Ideas From Fall Benefits
In November, the Deering Estate Foundation hosted its 14th annual gala at Deering Estate in South Florida's Palmetto Bay. To highlight the wine-centric theme, tables were dressed up with miniature grape arbors. Photo: Courtesy of Wine on Harvest Moon
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12 Ideas From Fall Benefits
For its Centre Stage fund-raiser, held on November 3, the Canadian Opera Company treated patrons to an on-stage dinner. The stage was set with decorative elements inspired by the company's production of La Traviata; fixtures included a large chandelier dangling above. The set designer for the production was Riccardo Hernandez. Photo: ikonica
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12 Ideas From Fall Benefits
On November 2, the New York Public Library hosted its annual gala in the Stephen A. Schwarzman building. David Monn handled decor and gave the dinner a rustic look with lots of greenery. Photo: Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Library Lions Benefit
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9 New Linens, Runners, and Napkins for Fall Parties
Ecru Xander linen, from $65, and napkin, $3.68, available nationwide from BBJ Linen Photo: Courtesy of BBJ Linen
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9 Creative Ideas for Fall Cocktails
In Toronto, BarChef has new menu items including Fall Essence. Owner Frankie Solarik describes the drink's innovative ingredients as: "a spherified maple and Fernet Branca granita, bitter almond and orange blossom air, [and] essence of cedar and earth. [The] cocktail, poured table-side, consists of a brandy base with balsam fir bitters, sweet vermouth, and rosemary syrup." Photo: Courtesy of BarChef
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9 Creative Ideas for Fall Cocktails
Earl's Kitchen & Bar is a Vancouver-based chain that's opening Chicago and Virginia outposts this fall. The venue's cocktail selection includes the cutely packaged Bee's Knees, served in a honey-bear-like glass and made with gin, Cointreau, honey, fresh lemon, and bitters. Photo: Courtesy of Earl's Kitchen & Bar
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8 Eye-Catching Ideas for Fall Events
The New York Public Library's annual fall fund-raiser tends to incorporate fall foliage into its design, and 2014's event was no exception. Held in early November, the benefit had forest-inspired laurel branches from David Monn. Photo: Julie Stapen
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8 Eye-Catching Ideas for Fall Events
Playing off the golden tones featured in the Krishna paintings, HMR Designs brought in gold opera chairs, paisley charger plates, Gothic dinner plates, and gold flatware. Linens were Merlot shantung. The event's lead designers were Bill Heffernan and Christianna Tucker. Photo: Robert Kusel
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8 Eye-Catching Ideas for Fall Events
To celebrate the opening of its new "Gates of the Lord" exhibit, which showcases Indian Krishna paintings, the Art Institute of Chicago hosted an intimate dinner earlier this month. HMR Designs handled decor, and created floral arrangements that showcased rich, autumnal colors. Flowers included red and coral roses, green and gold cymbidium orchids, green hydrangeas, and wine-colored Sumatra lilies. Photo: Robert Kusel
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8 Eye-Catching Ideas for Fall Events
Heirloom Catering's menu included miniature egg stratas, brioche French toast with blueberry maple syrup, and "Harvest Calzones" filled with roasted butternut squash, goat cheese, sage, and pepitas. Photo: Erika Layne
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8 Eye-Catching Ideas for Fall Events
On September 20, lifestyle website Bitches Who Brunch hosted a fall-theme event at Washington's Long View Gallery in partnership with Heirloom Catering. Seasonal decor elements included hay bales and scattered leaves near a chalkboard that displayed the event's hashtag. Photo: Erika Layne
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8 Eye-Catching Ideas for Fall Events
The Chicago Botanic Garden hosted its fall fund-raiser on September 19. HMR Designs handled decor and aimed to bring an "outdoor garden party" look into the tented dinner space. A tall potted ficus tree was placed at the center of the space. Tabletop decor included silver-speckled glass, votive candles, and lanterns in various sizes. Floral arrangements held succulents, white hydrangeas, and orchid blossoms with autumnal accents. Photo: Courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden
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17 Innovative Ideas From Fall Benefits
In October, Events By Fabulous produced the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles "Once Upon a Time" gala, complete with whimsical storybook tablescapes and decor. The main stage featured a beanstalk-wrapped proscenium and larger-than-life props from fairy tales such as Peter Pan and Cinderella, while the cocktail area included theme performers and a Mad Hatter acrobat troupe. Photo: Andrew Herrold
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17 Innovative Ideas From Fall Benefits
In September, Friends of the High Line hosted its 2016 High Line Art Dinner featuring a seated dinner for 200 guests under the Chelsea Market passageway in New York. Proceeds from the event helped support the High Line’s public art projects as well as the ongoing maintenance and operation of the park. The colorful rainbow-inspired decor was designed by Van Wyck & Van Wyck, with catering by Bite Food and lighting by L&M Lighting and Sound. Photo: Liz Ligon
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17 Innovative Ideas From Fall Benefits
For nonprofit organization Knock Out Abuse Against Women’s Knock Out Abuse seated gala dinner at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C. in November, florist Millicent Bluford created a mix of centerpieces, including some with thistle, cabbage, and miniature carnations. Photo: Davide DePas
Howard Brown Health held its second annual Halloween soiree, the Big Orange Ball, at restaurant and event space Carnivale in Chicago in October. More than 400 costume-clad guests attended and raised money to provide health and social services to Chicago’s L.G.B.T.Q. and allied community. Kehoe Designs provided the themed decor.  Photo: Courtesy of Studio This Is Foods, Wines, Restaurants, Drink, Lebanese, Food
17 Innovative Ideas From Fall Benefits
Howard Brown Health held its second annual Halloween soiree, the Big Orange Ball, at restaurant and event space Carnivale in Chicago in October. More than 400 costume-clad guests attended and raised money to provide health and social services to Chicago’s L.G.B.T.Q. and allied community. Kehoe Designs provided the themed decor. Photo: Courtesy of Studio This Is
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17 Innovative Ideas From Fall Benefits
For the City of Hope’s Spirit of Life gala, which was held in November, Natalie McAdams of Namevents designed a night under the stars—inside a tent in the parking lot below the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles. To recreate the outdoor evening look, the production team built a stage that resembled the moon's surface and used fiber-optic panels to resemble stars. Photo: Line 8 Photography
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17 Innovative Ideas From Fall Benefits
At the Canadian Opera Company’s fund-raising gala, Centre Stage, held in November at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, lights and projections transformed the venue’s ceiling into a cloudy blue sky with 14 suspended orbs draped in white silk orchids that hung above the dining guests. The tabletop floral arrangements consisted of white hydrangeas and white orchids in gold vases. Photo: Ryan Emberley
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17 Innovative Ideas From Fall Benefits
MoMA PS1, which is housed in a former public school building in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, New York, hosted its first fall benefit in September. The event, which was conceived by performance artist Ryan McNamara, featured an artistic, subversive twist on the high-school theme, with guests dressed as they were back in the day and throwback activities such as paper airplane-throwing. Photo: Cornelia Stiles/BizBash
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17 Innovative Ideas From Fall Benefits
The event design of the Wolf Trap Ball, hosted by the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, featured screens with scrolling images of the national parks that rotated throughout the reception and dinner. Plants and greenery walls around the dining areas, as well as floral centerpieces, also reinforced the night’s theme celebrating the National Park Service's 100th anniversary. The event was held in September in Vienna, Virginia, and raised $1.5 million. Photo: A.E. Landes Photography
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6 Ideas for Fall Entertaining in Los Angeles
Found Vintage Rentals is a company that does the treasure hunting for planners. With 15 years under her belt, owner Jeni Maus sources California and beyond for unique pieces for events. All hand-picked and all with a story to tell, the inventory of furniture, as well as trunks and suitcases, is constantly being refreshed with the seasons. Photo: Courtesy of Found
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6 Ideas for Fall Entertaining in Boston
Hive puts the craft cocktail experience on wheels, serving a full bar out of a retrofitted 1983 Airstream trailer. Partners Graham H. McKissock and Lance Davis work with hosts ahead of time to develop specialty drinks that play to an event’s theme and incorporate local spirits and seasonal ingredients. Photo: Courtesy of Hive
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6 Ideas for Fall Entertaining in Boston
Liquid Art House, the hybrid restaurant-art gallery housed in a majestic Back Bay building, is now taking reservations for large-scale events. The 10,000-square-foot space holds as many as 300 guests and features an art lounge with a 32-foot-high ceiling and an 11-foot-tall Lu Murano chandelier. Photo: Kateryna Odyntsova
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6 Ideas for Fall Entertaining in Boston
At musical venue the Sinclair, groups can start with sunset cocktails on the roof deck overlooking Harvard Square, then move indoors to the dual-level, industrial-chic club space. The club holds as many as 525 people and includes three separate bar areas, a large performance stage, and sound and lighting equipment for live acts. Customized catering from the attached restaurant is available. Audi and Converse both recently hosted events at the space. Photo: Courtesy of The Sinclair
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6 Ideas for Fall Entertaining in Boston
Krissy Price of Pollen Floral Design fashions organic, textured centerpieces incorporating succulents, branches, and vintage elements as well as more traditional blooms. For autumn, “I love to use a color palette that nods to fall, but doesn't scream pumpkins, corn, and harvest,” Price says. Photo: First Mate Photography Company
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6 Ideas for Fall Entertaining in Washington
Located in a historic warehouse in northeast Washington, Jo Oliver and Robb Stout’s multidisciplinary creative studio Highway to Hill offers bespoke floral and graphic design projects for private and corporate clients. They also teach Flower School: hands-on small group classes where students learn to create an arrangement with seasonal flowers and fruits. Photo: Courtesy of Highway To Hill
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In reference to the Whitney’s “Picasso and American Art” exhibit, the dining room’s walls were bedecked with quotes from American artists about the legendary Spanish painter. Photo: Nicole Villamora for BizBash
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A cake displayed a confection decorated with fall leaves. Photo: Jenny Berg/BizBash
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Fall display emulating autumn in a city park, with dried leaves, a park bench, and a lamppost. Photo: BizBash
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11 New Menu Items From Washington Caterers
Wall was constructed out of pegboard. In coming months, a server with a step stool will be on hand to pull doughnuts off the wall for guests, who can carry the take-home treats away in brown paper bags with to-go cups of hot apple cider. Photo: Kate Headly
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Autumn in New York
Tables surrounded by autumn colored maple trees set the stage for dinner menu that culminated in a main course of roasted Chatham Monkfish. Photo: Joe Fornabaio
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Samples of Pumpkin Ale, a fall favorite. Photo: Courtesy of Marcus De Paula
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How Preston Bailey Transformed a Room Three Times in One Morning
Fall table displaying tall, colorful arrangements overflowing with fresh flowers and fruit. Photo: Stephanie Fray/Something Different Party Rental
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Autumn in New York
Fragments of amber and gold lighting bounced off the ceiling and columns to enhance the color of the trees and flowers. Photo: Joe Fornabaio
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Autumnal Equinox
Frost washed the dinner tent in shades of gold and russet and projected images of branches on the walls. Photo: Robert F. Kusel
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Autumnal Equinox
Centerpieces of branches and apples and set them on sage green linens for each dinner table. Photo: Robert F. Kusel
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White Lions
Elevated stage hosting a performance by the Orchestra of St. Luke's. Photo: Emily Gilbert for BizBash