Date: October 23, 2009 | Story: Diane Carroll |
A long-standing member of a local garden club, Julie Roetzel of Fayetteville often hosts an autumn meeting at her home. She plays up the garden theme by integrating natural elements and typically opts for a buffet setting. “I arrange plates and foods on all sides of the table, so that guests can circle it,” says Julie. “Including several sizes of plates allows guests to choose as much or as little they want.” She also incorporates stands and servers that will place food at different heights; “it adds eye appeal and a little variety,” she says. To celebrate the season, she plays up fall colors with copper accessories, colorful linens and abundant flowers and foliage.