Backyard Harvest Party

By Kate Riley November 3, 2014

*Sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens Products at Walmart.

It seems just as Halloween passes, we all rush to get ready for Christmas and forget that fall is still very much a season to be savored. Right now the wineries in our area are so crowded with tourists so instead of gathering there we invited a group of friends over for Harvest Party to celebrate the flavors of autumn and share some of our wine with friends.

Every two months, I have the opportunity to work with a few Better Homes and Gardens products so a backyard harvest party seemed the perfect occasion. I snapped a few photos of the table layout before our guests arrived.

backyard harvest party

I gathered up some old favorites along with the new, including amber vases filled with leaf clippings, white platters, and my favorite wood salad bowl. Our potting bench again served as a casual bar.

potting bench bar


appetizers harvest party


Friends brought sweets and appetizers too, Elise’s “Italian Flag” platter of pesto, cream cheese, sundried tomatoes, and roasted pine nuts was a favorite, I served a version of Michael’s tasty antipasto kabobs.

italian flag appetizer


antipasto kabobs


I brought our upper patio furniture down below to the courtyard to create a gathering space in front of the outdoor fireplace, the hearth decorated with some simple mums in pots and pumpkins real and faux.

fall outdoor seating area

mums pumpkins on fireplace

potted mums 2


I failed to take the classic BHG “people enjoying themselves at the party” picture because I was too busy laughing it up and having a good time, I blame the wine :)

grapevine leaves

plates candle

It was a perfect fall evening and a chance to relax in our backyard with friends before the busyness of the holidays is upon us. Thanks again to Better Homes and Gardens for the opportunity to entertain with your products!

pictured: harvest plaid tablecloth / melamine plates / lace medallion tablecloth / fall scented jar candles

*This post sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens products at Walmart. All opinions are my own. Catch up with the BHG Live Better on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.





  1. Is it possible to get a copy of the Elise’s “Italian Flag” platter of pesto, cream cheese, sundried tomatoes, and roasted pine nuts recipe?

  2. What a beautiful party Kate! Your outdoor setting, the food, pumpkins, flowers and your table is all gorgeous. I so love the colors Fall brings. Great tablecloth, too!

  3. I love your blog! I recently purchased a home, and fortunately it doesnt need too much structural help, but definitely some help with landscape and minor issues inside. I’ve loved reading re: your DIY projects. You’ve helped de-mystify things! Question?? In the pic with the potting bench as table, I see a very nice fence behind. I was wondering if it was tall enough to keep out deer? I’m currently attempting to determine what type of fence to put in that will be attractive, yet keep deer away so I can re-plant my old English rose garden (from my previous years of home ownership). Your party prep is so incredibly elegant… love following you!

    • Hi Leigh, that’s an 8 foot fence with a 2′ lattice top, both painted white, yes it works great but the fence behind the vineyard? It’s shorter at 6′ and it doesn’t keep the deer out so I recommend at least 10 feet!

  4. Kate,
    thx you! If you ever need a sonoma coast setting for anything :) let me know!! Fortunately just want to protect blooms not necessarily an income (grapes…. very important:)) but makes me crazy when I baby them along and right when they’re going to explode in color, mr and ms deer family + babies dine on my flowers.. Love your blog… thx!

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