Fall Entertaining Simple and Elegant
Fall Entertaining can be simple and still be elegant. There’s nothing like the magic of a small cozy fall dinner party—good company, a simple but radiant table, delicious stress-free food and everyone feels relaxed. Just what we crave as the weather starts to cool.
This post is sponsored by DIGIORNO pizza. As always, all opinions and love of pizza are my own.
I’m a little sad to think that summer is just about over but let’s be honest, I’m a little excited about fall. We’ve been getting some fall like temperatures here in St. Louis (the other morning it was 48°) and it had me itching to do a little decorating and casual fall entertaining with friends.
This whole tablescape was very easy to put together. The green and blue pumpkins at the craft store made their way into my cart. When I got home I realized they looked perfect with the eucalyptus I picked up from the market along with a little shed deer antler as the inspiration for the centerpiece. The soft non-traditional fall colors are a nice transition from summer into fall.
Tips for a Casual Cozy Tablescape for Fall Entertaining
- Start with a textile. A simple runner or full tablecloth provides the perfect base. TIP: for fall tables, plaid blankets and scarves make a table cozy and inviting.
- Prior to starting the centerpiece, set aside space for each place setting by setting out plates, chargers or placemats.
- Create your centerpiece by starting with something long, like a tray or greenery stems, add seasonal or faux produce and candles to set the mood.
- Layer plates of different sizes and napkins to add texture and interest.
I have learned not to be actively cooking when guests arrive—I might be fussing with the centerpiece or tossing the salad, but nothing that requires a lot of focus.
We like to keep things pretty casual around here, nothing super fancy about us and we really like it that way 😉
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I kept the food really easy. Toasted ravioli is a must with pizza if you live in St. Louis. I picked some up from the freezer section at the grocery store and the bread from the bakery. All of it just needed to go in the oven and required no work on my part – gotta love that!
Set up the food for self-serve style on the kitchen counter or buffet.
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I served DIGIORNO pizzeria! Supreme Speciale (a big hit) and DIGIORNO pizzeria! thin Margherita (my personal favorite!) .
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Cozy, simple and still elegant!
Remember, you can simply serve an oven-ready pizza, a bottle of wine, and if you are relaxed and grateful for the people at your table, you will have a great dinner party.
The perfect way to kick off a crisp fall-like evening with a couple of friends.
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This looks so cozy and inviting! Love it!
This is so pretty. Thanks for the reminder that pizza is delicious for so many occasions, but as simple as a lunch or light dinner party!
Pizza is always a win, and I love your beautiful fall table setting Cheryl 🙂
Looks like the perfect fall get together! You can never go wrong with pizza!
Pizza, wine and good friends is exactly what the perfect party sounds like. It’d be great to not be stuck in the kitchen and actually get to talk and hang out.
I love using pumpkins to decorate! That pizza looks great too!
I love your tips! The table decoration is so cool! And pizza looks fantastic!
Wow this is such a gorgeous spread! And…that is one of my FAVORITE pizzas! YUM!
This looks so pretty! Best frozen pizza ever too!
Cheryl, this is GORGEOUS! I love the idea of keeping things simple and enjoying your dinner company! Great idea for frozen pizza!