Rustic Fall Entertaining

 

Rustic Fall dinnerAre you ready for Fall? I am SO ready for cooler weather, a normal schedule, and all the seasonal entertaining opportunities that come with it. That’s why I decided to create some ideas for a rustic Autumn supper, inspired by these fall invitations at PaperDirect. I often say what a great starting point an invitation can be for design, and I liked these because they are simple and versatile.

I think you’ll get some nice styling ideas from this rustic tablescape, and I’ll be sharing all my key points below. Keep in mind I purchased nothing new for this {except the food & flowers of course} and put it together with TIME and BUDGET being very important considerations.

Fall Dinner Party Tips:

  • To provide a foundation I used a flannel throw as a tablecloth. It provides instant warmth and seasonal style.
  • Nothing says ‘rustic’ like my vintage soda crates {I just love them so}. I think I use them every chance I get. This time I placed one in the center of the table and utilized the compartments to hold bottles filled with flowers, antlers & feathers, candles, and decorative balls. It’s so eclectic and unexpected, but makes a great centerpiece.
  • My place settings usually start with basic white plates, but this type of entertaining doesn’t call for fancy layers. I did add interest with the berry baskets though! These make fantastic holders for bread, cheese, and a spice tube.
  • To ‘dress up’ the items in the basket I began by laying a strip of cheesecloth inside to drape over the sides and soften the edges. I wrapped mini cheese rounds {Babybel} in brown craft paper and used stamped letters to spell “cheese.” I used refrigerator French bread dough and cut it into 4 equal pieces before baking. This provided the perfect single portion size. I placed them in small white paper sacks and folded down the top for a rustic market feel. Finally, I filled plastic tubes with a seasoning blend, and tied on name tags to act as place cards.
  • Guests can eat the contents of the basket as part of the dinner, or it can be used as a favor for them to take home.
  • The name tags were made using canvas tags from Hobby Lobby, and they can also be reused by guests.
  • I rolled the utensils up inside the napkins and made a napkin ring by wrapping a strip of burlap around and securing it with a bamboo pick {I kinda LOVED this detail}. A matching bottle band was used in the centerpiece too.
  • Finally, I had to include Fall themed bottles of hard cider as the beverage of choice. The label was just too cute not to use them!
  • In planning this party in my head, I thought it would lend itself perfectly to a casual gathering of friends. Serve something rustic like beef stew, chili, or homemade soup. Any of those would pair well with the cheese & bread, and the hard cider.

I had so much fun designing this rustic supper, and thanks to PaperDirect paper designs I was inspired to put something unique and fun together. When we used to host our yearly Christmas parties, I would often use their invitations that you print on yourself.

I hope I’ve inspired you to celebrate Fall!

I’ve linked up to the tablescape party at The Lettered Cottage.

 

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Disclosure: This sponsored post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. I was compensated for my time investment and work on this campaign. Thoughts are my own.

About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and contributor to Homes.com, Marie Callender's, and SheKnows. Most recently her work has been published in Woman's World, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.

Comments

  1. Fantastic table and tips! Consider me inspired! Love the berry baskets, great idea!

  2. I love this. The Woodchuck Cider is a cute touch. Groundhogs are one of my favorite animals. :) The entire table setting is beautiful.

  3. I can’t even think about fall coming, but this table has inspired me! Love it!

  4. What an awesome tablescape! I love how layered it is. You thought of every possible detail and it is charming! Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Very very fun! I love the berry baskets filled with goodies! LOVE!
    Jo-Anna

  6. Love the fall table! I especially love the picks through the burlap! Such an inexpensive & unique touch! <3 Heidi Rew from Parties for Pennies

  7. Oh I love it! So different!
    great job!
    ~Tana

  8. now this is my kind of table and event. great job. featuring this tomorrow ( Sat) on my weekly wow’s.

  9. I love this tablescape and all of the tips you’ve included. I hope you won’t mind my sharing it as part of my favorite fall ideas in a post tomorrow 9/27/13.

  10. The burlap napkin “rings” are perfection. And burlap is so cheap, it’s a great option. Love it!

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