Hosting a fall gathering is easy. Follow these tips on how to set a lovely fall table and start making the menu and the guest list.
This year has been a time of isolation, but as humans we need others. Hosting an outdoor dinner party can be the perfect solution with the weather beginning to cool sitting outside becomes more enjoyable. Ensuring we are in the fresh air and space to move around makes hosting an outdoor dinner ideal.
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While I was running my wedding business I worked with clients to create stunning tablescapes, but these inviting table settings don’t need to just be for weddings. You can also set a lovely table and enjoy dinner with friends in your own backyard.
Start with Fabric
Start by using either a tablecloth or a table runner. For this design I used inexpensive cheesecloth that I dyed a custom color creating complete design cohesion. Cheesecloth is a very inexpensive way to add texture to the table if you are looking for something lite and airy. It adds just enough texture and gives you the best of both; linen and the lovely exposure of a wooden table.
Add a Centerpiece
The centerpiece here was created by a florist, but not to fret; you can create your own centerpiece. This does not need to be elaborate; simple can do too. I love low, organic, wide spread centerpieces because they create gorgeous drama.
A centerpiece can be anything; think something other than florals: lanterns, bowl of mixed fruit, cluster of candles; anything you can think of will work.
Set the Table
Gather plates, stemware and flatware that work together; think coordinate not matching here. Pull together what you have and set a mock table to see what works. Play around with it. Running to the store to buy everything new is unnecessary, but using what you have might be just what you need.
These items don’t need to be expensive. I wanted gold flatware for this table setting but at home I only have silver. Instead of buying a set of gold colored flatware I used nice high-end gold plastic utensils. They look lovely but are also sturdy and perfect for an outdoor dinner party.
Layer plates for added dimension and texture if you want, but also think napkins, placemats, table runners that can also help you achieve a layered affect.
I love to use stemware as it adds a varied height to the table. These clear glasses I found at the thrift store and contribute a little overall variety. Mixing and matching is find just ensure everything coordinates. Looking at thrift stores or flea markets for extra pieces is a great way to add variety and unique pieces without breaking the bank.
Add Candles and Other Decor
Candles add an element of coziness and warmth and I love to use them at every tablescape. Use tall taper candles or shorter candles in glass votives; possibilities are endless.
Add something at each place setting like a bloom, menu card or name card. Little personal touches go a long way. For instance, just the touch of a piece of fern ties the entire tablescape together making the setting of plates feel warm and welcoming to guests.
Fresh fruit and vegetables also add texture and variety and can also be enjoyed by guests.
With the weather cooling it’s easier to host a small gathering outside and enjoy some company. Dining el fresco is a great way to interact with others while still following guidelines and staying safe. Hope these how to set a fall table tips were helpful for your next gathering.