Lifestyle blogger Haeley Giambalvo offers easy-to-follow tips for bringing together a fall-themed feast for family and friends. See a roundup of her furniture and decor picks on the Styleboard.
Fall entertaining doesn’t have to be complicated or fancy. This harvest meal is all about enjoying the simple pleasures of fall. Here are my six easy steps for creating your own special harvest dinner at home!
Keep Place Settings Simple
Save the fine china for the holidays! Instead use everyday dishes in fun fall colors like these Fiesta plates in tangerine. In lieu of a tablecloth, opt for patterned placemats. Even the stemware can be kept casual. These monogrammed stemless wineglasses are great for serving both wine and ice water (add a slice of citrus fruit to give it a special touch!).
Make a 10-minute Centerpiece
Even for casual get-togethers, I like to create a festive table centerpiece with items I have on hand. It doesn’t take more than a few minutes and a stop by the produce section of your local grocery store to create a stunning fall centerpiece. Start with a pretty 3-tiered server and add mini pumpkins, pears, apples, oranges, or other fruit. Finish by scattering a few small mums and greenery among the fruit. (Your own yard is a great source for greenery!)
Offer a Special Cocktail
Greet guests with a make-your-own cocktail station when they arrive. I set up our oval bar cart with the ingredients to make a Moscow Mule, a particularly fun drink for fall since it is traditionally served in these copper mugs. Want to make your own? All you need is 2 oz. of vodka, 4 oz. of ginger beer, and the juice of ½ lime. Serve over ice and garnish with lime and mint.
Incorporate Natural Elements
Natural elements like the Sweetfern Wreath and fruit centerpiece are easy ways to create a fall harvest vibe. I love how this grouping of lighted twig pumpkins creates a soft glow on our buffet. I also incorporated some small pumpkins, greenery, and this wood slice sculpture into our étagère to spruce it up for fall. Finally, I added a fall leaf pillow to each of our upholstered dining chairs at the head of the table for a cozy touch.
Add a Few Metallic Accents
Warm copper tones like this serving tray and pitcher work beautifully with the oranges and browns of fall. Mixing a few metallic pieces into your harvest table will create an instant warmth. I also gave this sweetfern wreath an easy DIY metallic makeover by spray-painting the outside border a white copper color.
Light the Candles
For a final cozy touch, light some candles and turn on some music!
-Haeley Giambalvo, Design Improvised