Last week brought us the first day of Fall. My favorite time of year. Just a touch of Fall brings about cooler weather, a landscape of unbelievable beauty, and the chance to enjoy a warm mug of coffee by the fire.
One of the best things about Fall is that it means the coming of the holiday season. From Halloween to Christmas and everything in between. It’s a time for family and friends to get together. It’s a celebration of prosperity and thanksgiving. It’s a time to open our homes and share the proverbial harvest.
As soon as the weather starts to turn a bit cooler, I start breaking out the Fall decorations. I’m very excited to have joined a group of talented bloggers for this year’s Touch of Fall Home Tour! If you are joining me from Marci’s page, Lemons to Lovelys, thank you for continuing with the tour! I love decorating for the Fall and, since the dining room is where I will gather with family and friends, it is the first room I tackle.
Bringing the Dining Room A Touch of Fall
My focus on decorating the dining room is centered around where everyone will be sitting. Each place setting is carefully curated from several layers. Here’s how I do it:
Determining a color scheme
This year my colors are muted blue-greens and rust with a touch of champagne gold. It was all inspired by this gorgeous pumpkin plate I found at Pier 1 Imports.
Deciding how many layers to add
When I decide how many layers to add to each place setting, it is based on a number of factors. Is it just for looks? Will people be utilizing each plate? Or do I need it for color and dimension? In this case, the place settings are just for my husband and myself, so I decided to base it more on aesthetics rather than functionality. If you want your guests to be able to use the plates, make sure each one will not be in the way of the other. For example, bread plate on top, then the salad plate, then a dinner plate. The bread plate gets moved to the top left and the remaining plates are used in succession.
I like my centerpiece to be low so people can see over the top of it and it doesn’t interfere with conversation. In this case, I found a beautiful arrangement at HomeGoods but it was a little too low. I had this beautiful wood cutting board (also from HomeGoods!) so I placed it underneath it and it worked out beautifully!
While each holiday brings about a different menu, I like to create an hors-d’oeuvres platter and a signature cocktail for the occasion.
A beautiful charcuterie tray, full of cured meats and creamy cheeses, is always a big hit. You can change the fruit and nuts seasonally.
I also made a fall-inspired drink. I rimmed my champagne flutes with honey and cinnamon sugar and then filled them with a champagne and apple cider mix for an Apple Cider Mimosa. You can substitute sparkling cider to make it kid-friendly or enjoy it as an adult cocktail!
That’s it! The touch of fall in my dining room is complete and I am ready to celebrate. Cheers!
Go visit my friend Kristin next at White Arrows Home and check out her great room & fireplace. Enjoy her view of the lake and wine on the dock!
Be sure to check out the entire Touch of Fall Home Tour lineup!
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