It’s time to welcome a new season with this black & tan Fall Dinner Party tablescape & menu. Get cozy with classic dishes that you can feel confident serving. My easy make-ahead dinner menu is comfort food at its best. Follow these dinner party ideas and tips for entertaining at home.
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How to host a fall dinner party at home
Keep dinner party entertaining easy with simple tablescapes that include candles, neutral dishes, and flowers from the grocery store.
As usual, the inspiration for this party tablescape came from a day of shopping. I found this CUTE Kate Spade tablecloth on sale and had to have it. I’ve always loved black & tan together, and the “dalmatian” spots are a fave!
Once I got home I started playing with different dishes and tabletop items and created this relaxed fall dinner party table and menu. I want to inspire you to entertain all year long. Some parties can be more elaborate like this dinner party with iced tea bar, some can be themed like this Moroccan inspired party, and some can be informal and carefree.
Let’s take a closer look at the details and the menu below.
How to set a Fall dinner party table
This dinner party plan is easy on the host, and includes an inviting tablescape for casual entertaining (contains affiliate links).
- This dinner party tablescape is perfect for an intimate gathering of four to six friends. It’s a two-toned neutral design with lots of black, tan, and a hint of greenery.
- Black chargers, tan dinner plates and small wooden dessert plates are layered for each guest. My beloved black wine glasses and water glasses (from World Market) compliment the design, while black flatware is the final accent.
- Creating place cards is simple. I don’t always use them but sometimes I just like the added decoration it brings to a place setting. These are basic card stock with a flower stem attached with washi tape.
- Wood elements are echoed in the napkin rings, and in the round serving board at the center of the table. Serving boards aren’t just for cheese and charcuterie!
HOSTESS TIP: Find a new use for wooden serving boards. Make them part of your centerpiece and top them with candles, flowers, and wine.
- Speaking of the center of the table, I created a very informal centerpiece with candlesticks, votive candles, and flowers. In this arrangement even the bottle of wine becomes part of the decor!
- Prepare a small tray with ingredients to make a signature cocktail. Don’t make the recipe too complicated though. A simple drink made of gin and Elderflower lemonade is refreshing and festive.
Easy Make-ahead menu
Prepared this meal ahead of time so you’re not stuck in the kitchen when guests arrive.
- Set out some light appetizers for your guests to nibble on when they arrive. Any of these 3 quick & easy cheese appetizers will do the trick.
- Since fall is all about comfort food it’s a good time to make a batch of spaghetti with slow cooker spaghetti sauce. Don’t be surprised if your guests ask for the recipe!
- Serve some veggies in the form of this beet & goat cheese salad. Add some crusty bread and butter for a meal that satisfies.
- For dessert serve a rustic apple galette with caramel drizzle topped with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.
Pasta is notoriously filling so keeping the other items light is a smart idea. If you’d rather opt for a crudites platter than the cheese appetizers that would be fine too.
Are you convinced to host a fall dinner party now? Let me know what you think in the comments. Cheers!