Entertaining Tips and Giveaway from Anders Ruff

Anders Ruff
Anders Ruff
Anders Ruff
Anders Ruff
Anders Ruff
With holiday entertaining around the corner, we’re looking for stylish ways to dress up a table to impress our guests. Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff, designers and co-founders of Anders Ruff Custom Designs, have created a classic Fall Harvest printable collection in earthy hues to add a special touch whether you’re sharing cupcakes at a school event or hosting a formal Thanksgiving feast. Here’s an exclusive first peek for Layla Grayce readers along with tips from Anders Ruff for transforming your table wear for the special occasion. And read on for details of a generous giveaway!

  • Involve the whole family or even your guests in the design. Spend the month completing “I am Thankful” cards and use as part of the display – we strung them along the dessert table with natural twine and old-fashioned clothespins. We also displayed apples from a recent apple-picking trip on candleholders for a pop of color.
  • Wrapping paper and patterned papers are an excellent and economical embellishment to use on table tops, buffets and box risers (see the dessert table). We wanted to use antique irish linens to keep with tradition, but created a rustic feel by making a table runner with a textured craft wrapping paper. The theme was carried to the favor, drink and dessert tables as well.
  • Canning jars make perfect favor containers. We involved the children in making homemade cranberry applesauce. To make our favor unique, we layered in cranberry sauce into the jars to create a beautiful layering effect. We personalized and coordinated the lid with a logo from our collection.
  • Dressing up your everyday dishes with a custom fabric charger gives a dramatic effect without breaking the bank. We secured burlap to cardboard cake rounds to make these chargers.
  • Backdrops are a great way to transform your room for a thanksgiving feast. Find fabric and cover a large canvas or duct board (found at any hardware store) to create a dessert or food buffet backdrop. Tie in colors from your backdrop onto your tabletop.
  • Consider a cider and wine bar for your beverage stand. We served spiced cider from an oversize Ball glass container. We dressed up Ball glass mugs with a stick of cinnamon and coordinated printed paper, and also detailed the wine bottles with raffia and logos from our collection.

It’s giveaway time! Anders Ruff is generously offering one lucky winner the entire Fall Harvest collection and this Customized Invitation Design (includes Anders Ruff personalization services). To enter, tell us your favorite thing about fall here or on our Facebook page. Contest ends at 6pm EST on Friday, October 15.

Congrats to Marissa, winner of our Anders Ruff giveaway!

Photography by Becca Bond Photography

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41 Responses to “Entertaining Tips and Giveaway from Anders Ruff”

  1. Maureen Says:

    I love the weather and the change of the colors of the leaves. I love going for a walk with my husband and the crispness of the air. I love the pumpkin foods that come out at this time of the year.

  2. ashley Says:

    I love, love, love this collection. Fall is simply my favorite time of year. I love the changing of leaves, cooler weather, football, family gatherings, food, and so much more. Fall is the start to my two favorite holidays…Thanksgiving and Christmas, a time when all of my family is near! LOVE FALL.

  3. Tristan Says:

    Just beautiful! Fall is my favorite season because of the crisp cool air and beautiful fall leaves!

  4. Joy Wheatley Says:

    My favorite thing about Fall is everything! The wheather, the colors, the food and most of all Thanksgiving is almost here! <3

  5. Dawn - Fairy Godmother Says:

    I love the cool crisp weather, warm apple cider, hot chocolate, soups, pumpkin desserts, sweatshirts, going to the park with our family, large family gatherings and football. In Central Texas, we don’t really get to enjoy the leaves changing, but we enjoy every other aspect of fall.

  6. Shelley Gomez Says:

    My Favorite thing about fall is the brisk cool air and the smell of pine. The Beautiful colors and leaves falling. The smell of apple cider and pumpkin carmel pie~YUM


  7. Marissa Says:

    I love so many things about Fall; warm fires, the comforting crisp in the air, cuddly clothes, and the rich autumn hues throughout nature. But, by far, my favorite thing about fall is the numerous reasons and opportunities it gives to be together with family and friends, to share, give thanks and to love one another.

  8. nancy Says:

    Fall means golden sunlight falling from the trees.

    Walk in the woods on a sunny day and emerse yourself in the gold from above and below.

    Soft Jazz music pairs well with a fire, candlelight, warm poundcake with a plum sauce, cider or sweet desert pear wine.

    MMM…cuddle with a special person or the warmth of friends.

    Love the designs and the great ideas!

  9. JulieP Says:

    I love the smell of pumpkin soup and sharing with friends and family this time of year! Be thankful even in the hardest of times.

  10. christina Says:

    The beautiful colors of fall..All the leaves and trees changing..the beautiful weather and all the fun fall activites is what I love the most!

  11. Koren Chan Says:

    my favorite thing about fall are the leaves changing color!

  12. Rebecca Says:

    I can’t list just one thing I love about Fall, but here’s a few things at the top of my head: changing colors of leaf’s, the seasonal fruits and vegetable’s, big indoor parties with comfort food and lastly, cooler weather!

  13. kribss Says:

    i love the colors, the weather, the smells and the get togethers that fall brings!

  14. Chris Says:

    I love fall for the obvious reasons; crisp cool air in Virginia, pumpkins and mums, apple picking and wine! But, I love fall the most because as we begin to approach Thanksgiving, we stop and realize how thankful we should be for famiy, friends, health, etc. <3

  15. Maria M. Says:

    What I love about fall is the cooler temperatures, the red/orange color of leaves changing, the crispness in the air, football, and holidays to bring the entire family together.

  16. Jenny D. Says:

    Beautiful job by Anders Ruff! Love this! My favorite part of fall is taking hikes and enjoying the leaves.

  17. Justina Says:

    This is my favorite time of year! I love the feel of a fresh start that comes with fall. The air is cool and crisp, the colors are gorgeous, and the home feels a little more cozy as you come together with loved ones. This time of year brings homemade breads, soups, and ciders to be shared with friends and your home fills with the spicy aromas of the season. If you need a little time outside, its perfect weather to put on the rain boots and splash in puddles with your little one!

  18. Jen @ Passion-for-Parties.com Says:

    Fall is spectacular because…the leaves become bright and vibrant, the air is crisp and cool, homemade soups simmer on the stove, and the smell of apple pie baking in the oven fills the house. Love it!!!

  19. RobynK Says:

    I love the crisp cool mornings and sunny warm afternoons.

  20. Kristen Eby Says:

    my fave fall thing? Halloween of course. Spooky and fun in the crisp autumn air. The chance to build new props! Fun, Fun, Fun!

  21. Jairy Negron Says:

    My favorite things about the fall is the beautiful colors in the leaves and Thanksgiving, its my second favorite holiday..and its only in the fall ;o)

  22. Kristin Says:

    Since I am a November baby fall is special to me. Fall really shows us God’s creation in its fullest. The leaves changing color, orange and white pumpkins, purple grapes. The feel in the air is so different from the other seasons. The light how it comes in the window in the morning is soothing to the soul. Gatherings of family and friends, and attitude of gratefullness. I love you fall!!

  23. Laci Says:

    I love that the days stay warm (here in sunny Ca) and the nights get cooler. The days are shorter and the leaves start falling. My most favorite thing is when the street is filled with crisp leaves. When the wind blows it looks as though they are chasing each other around!! It’s my favorite season!!!

  24. Rebekah Woosley {All Thingz Related} Says:

    I love the colors of fall! It’s so beautiful!

  25. Amanda {Chasing Twins in Louboutins} Says:

    The cooler weather that welcomes boots and sweaters!

  26. Valerie Says:

    I love the colors of the trees and all the yummy desserts associated with it!

  27. Suzanne Lafreniere Says:

    My favorite thing about fall is the upcoming holidays!

  28. Ulla Says:

    Autumn is my favortie season next to Spring. I love the Pumpkin Color so much, that I painted my kitchenwall in it. I love watching the leaves fall to the ground, the cooler breeze, Butternut Squash Soup, Hot mulled Cider, visitng the Pumpkin Patch, Hayrides and drinking a spiced chai next to the fire place! Wishing you a Happy Fall! :)

  29. Paula Raymond Says:

    Fall- the crisp smell in the air reminds me of the worst and best times of my life. Just by chance the most life changing moments have come to me during this time of year. So feeling the cool air, smelling the crispness and seeing the beautiful colors changing- reminds me of all the amazing challenges and celebrations that brought me to where I am today. I love fall because it reminds me what Im made of.

  30. Schmidty Says:

    Oh, I just love fall! My favorite day of the year is the day when the heat breaks and the cook breezes appear magically ..and the smell! I love throwing open the windows and the smell of autumn in the house. Time to make a day-long simmering pot of gumbo!

  31. Jen A Says:

    Fall is by far the most fabulous season of all!!! Apples are my favorite fruit, Halloween is one of the most memorable holidays no matter your age, finally ready for cooling down some and OMG the colors!!! What’s better than celebrating being thankful for everything we have in our lives…we are truly blessed…family, friends, love and health! Thanks for your work on this collection…WOWZA!!!

  32. zmama Says:

    I love the gorgeous colors of foliage, the cool, crisp air so welcome after summer, the gorgeous evening light so perfect for photos and the the smell of apple pie!

  33. Debbie Says:

    I love the smell of the air. It is like it is fresh and new. I love the excitement of fall, cooler days and football!!

  34. Vicki Says:

    Color abounds in Fall -the earth blooms EVERYWHERE. Trees turn to the most beautiful hues of red, orange, yellow and plum. Pumpkins and gourds showcase beautiful shades of orange, gold and green. The blue sky of a crisp autumn day set of the magnificent colors. There is a hustle and bustle all around that speaks of football games and upcoming holidays. Smells of cinnamon, apples and pumpkin cannot be beat!

  35. Cheryl Marunde Says:

    I wait for the first big frost of the fall! My little boy thinks it looks like snow! It’s beautiful to wake in the morning to glistening grass, trees and rooftops. The flannel bedsheets get put on and the “cozy” season starts! Autumn, my favorite…..it brings with it a bounty of thankfulness.

  36. Noelle Says:

    I love the inspiring colors of the change in leaves. Greens overtaken by the most unimaginable burnt oranges, yellows and red, it can be breathtaking by the forestfull. Then the sense of childhood that returns as the leaves fall to the ground waiting to be raked into piles for jumping!

  37. Caycee Says:

    If I had to pick one thing it would be lighting my mulled cider Tyler candle!

  38. staci Says:

    My favorite thing about Fall is the food!!!

  39. FoxyMomma Says:

    i love the leaves changing colors, cooler weather, dressing in layers or big chunky sweaters, pumpkin spice!

  40. Kristi Hess Says:

    I was born in June, but I should have been born the first day of fall!! I live for the change of the seasons and am blessed to live in the mid-west where the mapleleafs are truly amazing. Halloween and Thanksgiving are hands down my favorite holiday and while most people have bins of winter holiday decorations, mine are full of leaves, pumpkins, ghourds, goblins and wonderful brown, orange and yellow embellishments for my home! I look forward to adding to my collection! (and, I love Anders Ruff – huge fan!)