Harvest Dinner

An Apple-Centric Harvest Dinner Party

The final event of 2015’s Harvest Dinner Series at Faunbrook Bed & Breakfast featured apples! We used shades of apple to create a lush autumnal tablescape. We paired the deep red of a McIntosh apple with the light coral of a Fuji. Yep, we’re apple nerds! The early Fall dinner is always popular as the air is crisp and everyone is eager to soak in the sunlight before hibernating for winter.

Thanks to our amazing team of vendors for another great year!

Vendors:

Venue: Faunbrook Bed & Breakfast
Event Design & Marketing: Heart & Dash
Catering: Triple Fresh
Florals: Kati Mac Floral Designs
Rentals: Modern Relics Rentals
Spirits: Art in the Age
Tent: The Party Center
Photographer: Amy Tucker Photography
Wine: Penns Woods Winery
Beer: Iron Hill Brewery
Cheese: Farm at Doe Run
Favor: Cakes and Candies by MaryEllen

 

Event Recap :: Blackberry Harvest Dinner

While the sun set on a hot summer night, guests were welcomed by a deep color palette and lush blooms. The Blackberry Harvest Dinner was the fifth in a series of produce-inspired collaborative dinners we created to show off the talents of local small business artisans at Faunbrook Bed & Breakfast. Magic happens when you pull talented people together, give them a loose color palette and a theme as simple as a fruit, and invite them to run with their creativity — a real treat for neighbors looking for a special night out!

Vendors:

Venue: Faunbrook Bed & Breakfast
Event Design & Marketing: Heart & Dash
Catering: Triple Fresh
Florals: Kati Mac Floral Designs
Rentals: Modern Relics Rentals
Spirits: Art in the Age
Tent: The Party Center
Photographer: M2 Photography
Cocktail: Inspired Brews
Beer: Iron Hill Brewery
Cheese: Birch Run Hills
Favor: Cakes and Candies by MaryEllen


How We Tripled Business for a Bed & Breakfast

While all of our clients are truly our dream clients, Faunbrook holds a special place in our hearts as it was our first. The Strawberry Dinner in 2014 was the first project we collaborated on and was the segue into the overall brand refresh of the bed & breakfast.

M2 Photography

M2 Photography

When we first started working with Lori, the innkeeper of Faunbrook, we asked her what her why she got into the B&B business and what her dream was when she took the leap. She explained that she loved being an innkeeper — making breakfast for her guests, helping to make their visits special and memorable. However, she knew she had been spending so much time in her business that she didn't have time to work on her business — so people didn't know about Faunbrook. The stress of not being booked up began to overshadow what she loved about being an innkeeper. So first up, we asked her to tell us what success looked like — what were her top goals?

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  1. Host more weddings. Lori wanted to double the number of weddings booked at Faunbrook. We knew this meant we needed to zero in on showcasing the type of weddings Faunbrook could do better than anyone else in the area: intimate, weekend-long weddings.

  2. Make more time. Sounds impossible, but it's not! We can help a small business owner like Lori find more time by creating systems and processes for repeated tasks, like tracking and responding to inquiries with things like customizable email templates — rather than reinventing the wheel every time an email comes in.

Here’s how Heart & Dash helped:

When looking at the goals as a whole, we realized that we could begin to overcome some of the hurdles by showcasing how to best use the property and increasing the quality of Faunbrook's photography. Our solution was to create an elaborate, yet intimate al fresco dining experience — a ticketed event that showcased talented local chefs, cheesemakers, florists, and musicians. We began with one, and to our delight, people wanted more. The Harvest Dinner Series at Faunbrook was born.

We submitted the images and video from these Harvest Dinners to local and national blogs for publish and then shared the published stories across the most effective social media platforms for Faunbrook. The dinners continue to sell out, and Faunbrook's inquiry database began buzzing.

The growing portfolio paved the way for us to refresh Faunbrook's brand identity (logo, colors, marketing materials) and design Faunbrook’s new website. Since launching the new site with optimized keywords, and creating clear wedding and event packages to simplify the process, inquiries and bookings at Faunbrook have tripled.

Alexandra Whitney Photography

Alexandra Whitney Photography

We pride ourselves in working with businesses that have the desire to grow, to work alongside us, and have a product they are proud of. That is Lori. By allowing us to work holistically and therefore efficiently, she essentially got the most bang for her buck.

Read more about some of the harvest dinners here — Strawberry, Peach, Pumpkin, Cucumber.