Autumn’s cooler temperatures mean that it’s time to bring entertaining indoors. While it may be bittersweet to leave those al fresco picnics and patio parties behind, fall brings some of the greatest entertaining opportunities of the year: Harvest celebrations, Thanksgiving, and the seasonal round of December holiday parties will be here before you know it.
If you’re looking for inspiration, we have lots of ideas to make your dining room a luxurious centerpiece of your home. The season of feasting is upon us, and your table should reflect the colors and textures of autumn.
One key to stunning fall decor is to bring the outdoors into your home. Nature provides bright oranges, golds and rich browns, and all of these colors work well together in a fall palette. Decorative gourds, Indian corn and pine cones are beautiful on their own, but to make a truly special display, arrange these rustic items in sleek glass jars. Large containers add an elegant touch and keep a collection of small items from looking too fussy.
With all of the focus on food and farmer’s market wares, it’s easy to forget how crucial flowers are in creating a welcoming display. Pastels and spring blooms would be out of place in an autumnal table setting, but flowers in deep autumnal shades of red and orange are perfect in keeping with the season. The best fall arrangements are architectural in design, and include spiky grasses, twisting branches and seed pods for enhanced visual interest.
Don’t forget the lighting! When hosting a magnificent meal at a perfectly decorated table, taking a moment to set the mood makes all the difference. Be sure to set your table with plenty of candles, which create a warm glow that’s flattering to both your guests and your food. Choose candle holders of varying heights to add interest to your display and light the area evenly.
With attention to these details, your fall decor can help capture the essence of everything that makes autumn so special. Creating a memorable fall table should be just as much fun as planning the menu for your next dinner party, so enjoy yourself! We can’t wait to see what you come up with.