While we’re not necessarily happy to see summer come to a close, most New Englanders would likely agree that it’s during that our gorgeous region is at its very best. Beyond the spectacular foliage that draws leaf peepers from around the globe, autumn in New England is when many of us go into nesting mode. We clean out our closets and break out the cashmere sweaters, and spend Sunday afternoons cooking comfort food for family. We also tend to up our game when it comes to entertaining at home. Salads and sauvignon blanc by the pool are well and good on hot summer nights, but when gathering around the dining room table for a long, leisurely dinner with friends, we want that table to shine.
With “dinner-party season” in full swing (yes, we made that term up), and Thanksgiving on the horizon, we’ve pulled together some fall tablescape ideas for your next fête.
Mad for Metallics
Peruse your favorite home décor magazine or blog and it becomes clear that metallics are having a moment. When you want your tablescape to look autumnal, not glitzy, keep the metallic touches to a minimum and pair them with textured items in linen and wood.
Winning White Pumpkins
As far as we’re concerned, white pumpkins are like nude heels: they go with everything. When paired with plates in a strong geometric shape and sleek silverware, white pumpkins are the perfect complement to an urban, contemporary look. Add them to a natural wood table with homespun linens and woven chargers, and white pumpkins are right at home in the country.
There’s no rule that says a fall tablescape must include colors that are typically associated with the season. If you’re all about blue, stick to your own sense of style by adding unexpected elements. A white pumpkin soup tureen and bowls give the table on the left a decidedly fall-like look. Pops of orange and playful patterns add European flair to the table on the right.
Rustic Done Right
It’s not just white pumpkins and metallics that are having a moment. When it comes to dinner-party cuisine, comfort food is where it’s at. If you planning on serving lamb stew with polenta and a side of crusty bread, set the mood for your comfort food menu with a rustic tablescape. A rough-hewn wood table is certainly a good starting point, but rustic can still be done right on grandmother’s Duncan Phyfe. Top it with simple earthenware dishes and linens in saturated autumnal hues, and use fruit, veggies and greens in lieu of flowers, and your guests will be wowed.
Yes, there’s something to be said for layering your table with linens, chargers, a dozen candles in varied heights, and every kind of tableware known to mankind. But, when it comes to hosting a relaxed evening at home, sometimes, simple is best. Love the petite wooden vessel filled with gourds in the photo on the left. In the tablescape on the right, local photo shoot stylist and blogger Karin Lidbeck-Brent has wrapped white pumpkins in foraged bittersweet. Perfect!
Top photo via Jenny Steffens on BlogSpot.com.