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Trends for Fall Entertaining

October 14, 2008
  • Entertaining Outdoors

As the weather turns crisp and the leaves begin to change color it is an opportune moment to plan an outdoor party. Celebrate the outdoors by adding small fresh flower bouquets or miniature plants in low vases across a long table to give the impression of a huge arrangement, this is an effortless way to bring the garden to your table. Utilize small terra cotta pots, plant succulents or rosemary plants and place one in front of each place setting. Make use of tall tapered candles to light up the dining table, eating by candlelight creates a calm and dreamy setting.

  • Natural Elements

Bring natural elements to your tabletop. If you grow rosemary, lavender, mint or other herbs in your garden cut some shoots off the plant, let them dry out a bit, wrap them with a piece of natural raffia and place diagonally across the table in a couple of different places. Or tie a sprig to a cloth napkin and place next to or on top of the place setting.

  • Dress the Table

To dress up the table surroundings use elegant placemats, crystal stemware and stylish china, perhaps with a reflection of your heritage. To complete the appearance, add some classic flatware.  If you are planning a more relaxed get together, try mixing and matching different shade glasses, ceramic dishes and amusing silverware to create a lighthearted atmosphere. Use multi colored placemats, napkins and chunky pillar candles.

  • Arrange the Seating

Establish your seating layout then use hand-scripted place cards to thoughtfully distinguish each setting. Add a hostess gift as a special touch alongside each setting.
Set the scene with background music. All of these individual touches and imaginative tips will be influential in the creation of a memorable event that both you and your guests will cherish.

These same straightforward tips can be applied to entertaining with style indoors by honoring the outdoors.

  • Store Display

If you are a store owner consider setting a party scene on your showroom floor to share ideas with your customers on inspired ways to design a table setting for a special event. Showcasing tabletop settings for parties is a unique way to present those extra long dining tables in your store.

  • Entertaining Ideas

Use this time of the year as a springboard to entertaining in the coming season. Invite your existing customers to your store for a table top party. Let them learn bright new ideas on entertaining with style and creativity by bringing the outdoors in and the indoors out.

  • Designer Participation

Contemplate utilizing local designers to pick a theme and a table and set it for an entertaining affair. Have the designers use products from your store. Not only will this bring the designers to your store and educate them on your products, it will also reunite your customers with you in a pleasurable and comfortable environment.

These are my Outside Views, write and let me know some of your creative ideas? Marcia Blake