Fall Dinner Party Must-Haves

I adore entertaining in the fall. The weather is cool and there’s always a reason to celebrate! When my friend Lyndsey Zorich reached out to be a part of her Carte Blanche series, I knew this would be the perfect opportunity to start prepping for my upcoming fall dinner parties.

I’ve been drawn to the rich colors and scents that come with the arrival of autumn and wanted let those influence my dinner table. From serving pieces to the tasty treats, scroll on for everything you need to throw a fall celebration!

Get Inspired by Existing Décor

I love playing off pieces that are already in the room. Look around your home and get inspired by your favorite art, throws, or pillows, and create a color palette that highlights those hues.  I recently acquired a vintage oil painting with the most gorgeous antique frame. The painting is full of saffrons, brass, and even some deep blushes, which served as the muse for my tablescape.

Select Transitional Pieces

I’m all about simplicity, so I avoid storing tableware that I only use once a year. By selecting items that transition easily between seasons, I minimize what I have on hand, and invest in statement pieces that can serve as a foundation for years to come.

Gingham napkins in a rich terracotta feel casual enough for daytime gatherings, but bring in a deeper colors that can be dressed up for evening. Blush candle holders were instantly given a fall makeover by using deep plumb candlesticks.

Prepare Seasonal Food

I adore cooking with seasonal produce and have a few crowd-pleasing, staple recipes in my arsenal that are simple to prepare! Apples and figs are full of flavor and can be used in apps, salads, and desserts.


This easy-to-make apple tart is an all-time favorite. My boys love helping me in the kitchen and there’s a lot they can do to get involved! This tart isn’t too sweet, so it can be served as a dessert, or a mid-day snack.


When I need a quick appetizer or snack for an unplanned guest, these blue cheese and balsamic figs are a big time-saver! Not only do they look gorgeous, but they quickly elevate your standard charcuterie board.


Kale is a hostess’ dream when it comes to salad, because it’s hardy enough to stand up to dressings, giving you the flexibility to pre-assemble and store in the fridge.

Dress To Impress

When entertaining, I always wear something dressy yet comfortable, so I can easily run around while still looking put together. My go-to is a breezy dress with a statement earring and I love how creams and camels can be worn year round.

Lyndzey Zorich, Founder of The Avenue ; On Marie  Dress | Earrings

Keep It Organic

Fall is all about embracing natural elements. I like to keep things relaxed by skipping the napkin ring and using herbs as table décor.

A Classic Cocktail

What’s a gathering without a tasty cocktail? While wine is always easy to open at a moments notice, if I have a little prep time, I love hunting down a fun new drink recipe.

This Autumn Fizz is like a grown-up apple cider and I can’t get enough!

What are your fall entertaining must-haves? Share in the comments!

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