decoy wine merlot to celebrate merlot month of October! backyard setup with fire pit and bruschetta boards with blogger Diana Elizabeth - hay bales pumpkins, gourds and cozy blankets and pillows

Fall for Merlot with Decoy – a Merlot Party

Thank you Decoy for sponsoring this post. Celebrate International Merlot Month this October by using the hashtag #MerlotMe on social!

decoy wine merlot to celebrate merlot month of October! backyard setup with fire pit and bruschetta boards with blogger Diana Elizabeth - hay bales pumpkins, gourds and cozy blankets and pillows

Thanks to the fall weather that has finally arrived – yes even in Phoenix – we can jump on board with excitement for gatherings, pumpkin spice, getting out more seeing friends, and the holidays! How about a Merlot party to kick off this season!

Come over and we always have Decoy on hand – it’s one of Benjamin’s favorite wine brands. I have some great news for Merlot lovers, October is International Merlot month! What better time to use the a trending hashtag this month drinking what you love! #MerlotMe

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Life has been full with wonderful heartfelt deep talks, laughter, lots of reflections as the seasons change. That’s another thing about seasons, seasons change and so do we.

I invited some friends we usually see on a weekly basis over the other night – we’ve been traveling and we haven’t seen them for so long. I missed them and was thankful Friday it worked out for them to come over so we could catch up so much on life – and I was even more stoked that we could light a fire pit. I even checked for the burn days. As we sat there passing around the bruschetta board I brought attention to the fact that we were all sitting outside around a fire with long pants and not sweating. “We survived Phoenix summers! Hallelujah!”

decoy wine merlot to celebrate merlot month of October! backyard setup with fire pit and bruschetta boards with blogger Diana Elizabeth - hay bales pumpkins, gourds and cozy blankets and pillows

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I popped into a few favorite stores and picked up some hay bales that were on crazy sale, cozy blankets, and grabbed some lights from inside and outside the house – the candles aren’t real lights but the tea lights are. It reminds me I need to grab some more fire starters. Ordered bruschetta from our favorite local restaurant and had it delivered because that’s how I roll.lifestyle entertaining hostess blogger Diana Elizabeth holding bruschetta board to pair with merlot decoy wine for outdoor backyard fall party #fallparty #wineparty

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bruschetta with wine decoy merlot wine backyard wine party fall
bruschetta with wine decoy merlot wine backyard wine party fall

It was a great night of food as we passed around the bruschetta board – didn’t need plates! Wine glasses were kept full and you too can celebrate the grape this International Merlot Month by drinking merlot, sharing it on social and using the hashtag #MerlotMe.¬†Check out¬†MerlotMe.com

I love sitting around and talking about life. Every moment I am with my friends I have this thought – my mind wanders when people are having conversation and I look around, it’s almost like I take it in and think to myself, how blessed are we to have friendships. What a joyful part of life, such a gift to enjoy the company of friends and can make memories on a fall night.

bruschetta with wine decoy merlot wine backyard wine party fall

bruschetta with wine decoy merlot wine backyard wine party fall
bruschetta with wine decoy merlot wine backyard wine party fall

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bruschetta with wine decoy merlot wine backyard wine party fall
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bruschetta with wine decoy merlot wine backyard wine party fall

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Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in her garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party.

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