With Halloween behind us, fall entertaining is officially in full swing. Whether you’re having a casual pizza night with your girlfriends or really going for it and hosting this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, a well-dressed table is key to setting the mood. From big-picture items like linens and dishes (obsessed with these dessert plates!) to the little details such as candles and calligraphy, a lot of thought goes in to setting a pretty table. (My advice: plan ahead. Lay everything out a few days in advance so you’re not stressing at the last minute.)
Below, a selection of my favorite tabletop buys to help you set the scene this season. Want more? Scroll down for a full shopping list.
Dessert plates are a quick fix when you need to add a special something or a colorful touch to a table – not to mention, they’re basically a two-for-one buy since you can use them for both salad and dessert. I love the burnt orange hue of these. They’re perfect for so many different occasions, including Thanksgiving.
Am I broken record over bamboo flatware? I’ll say it again: invest in a novelty set (read: not stainless) of flatware. I love bamboo because it’s versatile enough to go with everything – not to mention, it works for both casual and formal settings. P.S. despite what the instructions may tell you, I put mine in the dishwasher.
If you’re going for a more-is-more vibe (who isn’t?) for your table, the quickest way to get there is by adding a little (or a lot) of La Double J. The brand is synonymous with the-bolder-the-better. I love the moody hues of these printed napkins. You could easily pair them with a solid tablecloth or placemat (would be great with navy blue!) or, if you really want to go for it, layer them atop another print.
ILLUSTRATION AND CALLIGRAPHY BY LAURA LINES
These plates are from none other than the hostess with the mostess Tory Burch. The designer’s eye extends far beyond the closet as proven by her exquisite taste in tableware. I love the abstract patterns of these salad plates, each one with a slightly different spin. The addition of powder blue to an otherwise obvious autumnal palette feels fresh and unique. Use these for salad or dessert – or both!
Though I use them sparingly, napkin rings can be a really nice finishing touch for a table – not to mention, another way to add in a textural element when your table needs it. I love this wooden set. The twist design is unique and if you look closely, you’ll see there’s a hint of gold painted over the wood, giving it a level up for more formal tables.