Utility carts are perfect as food stations around your


If the thought of a barn party leaves you humming the t […]

If the thought of a barn party leaves you humming the theme from "Green Acres," we're here to tell you it doesn't have to be quite that literal.Here's the reality: You don't need an actual barn to throw a great barn party this fall. Look to your backyard, patio, or covered porch for the venue. Next, scan your interior for smart pieces you can bring out, and then hit up the dollar store for autumnal decor.

Ready to channel your inner cowboy girl? Here are some stylishly rustic decor items to help you throw the ultimate barn party, even if you live smack dab in suburbia.Use a barrel, which you can rent if you don't already own one, as the base for a bar or cocktail table, CEO of Elegant Affairs in New York City. "And rustic utility carts are perfect as food stations around your 'barn.'"Tree stumps can be rolled over from a woodpile to stand in as seats, or pick up a few hay bales from a farm stand and spread an old quilt or camping blankets on top for extra comfort and a splash of color.

The beauty of a barn party is its inherent vibe, equal parts rustic and imperfect. And that means mismatched chairs, old glass tumblers, and simple cotton linens are welcome, even encouraged. You can take this theme all the way, complete with hay bales and a scarecrow at your entrance, or just dip your toe in, with gingham napkins and Mason jar cocktails.author of "Keep This Toss That," suggests a variety of low vases filled with baby's breath and daisies.

Other fall centerpieces to consider: sunflowers, mini pumpkins, textured gourds, or a bundle of branches from your trees in a vase full of acorns or pine cones.Kaemmerle likes to transform old cowboy boots into DIY planters.Fill the bottom with small rocks, add a plastic cup of water for cut flowers or soil for potted ones," she explains. Or try succulents such as ghost or jade plants.Correale recommends filling a wheelbarrow or metal watering cans with flowers for an easy decor solution.

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