Falling leaves and falling temperatures means winter is fast approaching and entertaining has moved indoors. Before the appetizer is even served, make a great first impression with these harvest inspired ideas for the dinner table.
- Natural elements. Vases made from squash and pumpkins are simple to make and decorate beautifully. Attach acorn caps to a basic napkin ring. Pair sunflowers with warm autumnal colors. Create a runner made of twigs.
- The vibrant color creates a rick backdrop for pumpkins, gourds and pinecones. Accent with mercury glass votives and gold-rimmed plates.
- Pair high and low elements. Prop tea lights on birch bark coasters. Intertwine grape branches around tall candlestick holders. Create a runner made out of twigs.
- Impressive place setting. It’s easier than you think! Start with a charger, followed by a dinner plate, top with a folder napkin and salad plate. Finish with a small trinket your guests can take home or a pinecone name holder. Knife and spoon on the right; fork on the left. Above the plate, wine and water glass to the right; bread plate on the left; dessert fork and spoon directly above.
- Kids table. Set up a separate kids table to keep the little ones occupied with the adults enjoy conversation. Cover the table with brown craft paper (or use brown grocery bags!) and provide small containers with art supplies like crayons, wood beads and leather cording.
- Rule of 3. Easiest decorating rule of all when creating balance. Pick an element (or color or shape or object) and repeat it three times.
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