How to Host: A Festive Fall Dinner Party

fall dinner party, beijos events, fall Photo by Megan Welker

This article was written by Jacquelyn Kazas. Jacquelyn is the wonderful Event Designer behind Beijos Events. We were so happy to collaborate with her, the Beijos Events Team, and lovely vendors to bring this fall-themed tablescape to life. 

Fall is my favorite time of year for hosting. It’s the lead up to all the holiday goodness, so it’s the perfect time to practice and warm up for those big days!! Another great thing about fall are all the yummy dishes you can make. There are so many options with all the seasonal fruits and veggies.  You can do a mix of something savory and comforting with something fresh and healthy!

For this fall table, we took everything outside.  I love this idea, being outside in nature is always nice, especially with the changing of the leaves and the beautiful colors all around. The temperatures have cooled down from summer and the air is nice and crisp. Make sure you have some blankets for guests in case it gets chilly!

fall dinner party, place setting, invite, pumpkins, beijos eventsPhoto by Megan Welker

I always like to have an invitation for my guests. It sets the tone for the event, and it’s always nice to get something in the mail. Your guests will know they are in for a special treat once they see the time and detail you’ve put into the invite. Even if it’s for a small dinner party, it’s always a nice touch!

fall dinner party, table setting, beijos events, the little marketPhoto by Megan Welker

When getting ready for your dinner, set the table the night before, or even the morning of. This relieves a lot of stress later on during crunch time right before the dinner. Get creative with your table. We used the beautiful white ceramic plates from The Little Market. I love the detail on each plate, with different patterns and textures. They play off the wooden table so nicely; both pieces look like they have a story to tell. To keep things interesting, we mixed and matched glassware.  The wine and water are from the clear floral collection, and the cocktail glass was from the white ceramic collection.  I love the way the three work together and play well so nicely.  The plate was placed on the wooden charger, which coincidentally matched our chairs perfectly! Lastly, have fun with your napkin. We did a pretty salmon color and added one of my favorite pieces from The Little Market right now, the macrame tie! Such a sweet little detail, which we are all about.

Speaking of details, have menus and place cards for your guests as well! It’s the little details that make an event, especially the thoughtful ones. It’s nice for your guests to have an idea of what they are eating, and having a place to sit is always a great way to bring people together without any awkwardness.

Photo by Megan Welker

What can I say about flowers?  Well, they are a must, especially ones as gorgeous as these! We had the florals on the table which would be a conversational piece in themselves, but we added a piece at the head of the table on the floor with two pumpkins. This just brings the whole fall season together and lets your guests know that you’re ready to bring in the season.

Lastly, it’s all about the food and drinks, right?!  Having wine at the table is a must-have! You and your guests can share bottles and pass the wine, creating a community feel at the table.  We had mini fruit pies at each place setting; those are great as a dessert or even an appetizer! Why not?! It’s your dinner party, so live it up!!

Thank you to Jacquelyn, the Beijos Events team, and the amazing vendors behind this shoot! To shop the story and recreate this tablescape, check out the collection page.

Vendors:
Styling/Design – Beijos Events
Photographer – Megan Welker
Florals – Mulberry & Moss
Paper Goods – Bare Ink Co
Rentals – Sweet Salvage Rentals
Desserts – The SweetLemon Bakeshop

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