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Set A Stylish Fall Table

The Pros Bring Out Their Best Tips for Autumnal Tabletop Decor

Having an impromptu gathering? Setting a stylish table is still doable, even on short notice. Entertaining is all about conveying warmth and conviviality in a way that’s all your own, said Allison Dale, owner of Laurie’s Home Furnishings, known for its beautiful vignettes that make it easy to visualize how a piece will look in your home. 

Dale said incorporating unique designs and home décor pieces will impress guests and reflect your personal style. Since most holiday events center around a special meal, careful consideration of your table will help set the tone and make guests feel relaxed and comfortable. 

  • Be sure to plan every item that will be needed during the meal. The table should include all the things you will need to serve your guests, from glassware to serveware, from plates to candlesticks.  
  • Layer your design to create depth and special appeal. Using rich, warmer hues and luxurious textures will help reflect the festive vibe inherent in the season.
  • Conversations flow during a meal, so be sure to have a few unique pieces on the table that will inspire that interaction. 

If you find yourself looking for the perfect utensil, a hard-to-find specialty tool, or a unique seasonal item to add flair to your table this holiday season, Sur La Table can meet all of your gastronomic needs. “We pride ourselves on being experts when it comes to everything in the world of cooking and entertaining, and we want to reduce holiday stress,” said Market Street store manager Anjanette Langford.

Whatever your celebration style, Sur La Table offers these easy tips to set the perfect tablescape to impress:

  • Incorporate lighting such as candles or a strand of wireless mini-lights to add instant ambience and sparkle.
  • Mix and match the table linens. Different textures and colors create more interest.
  • Accessorize with a centerpiece and decorations, but don't overdo it. You don't want the table to feel cluttered.
  • Invest in a traditional, classic place setting that you can count on year after year. Sur la Table suggests its original, turkey-themed earthenware, which is durable and dishwasher safe. Pair with the store’s signature Pearl collection of vintage-inspired stoneware that's carried throughout the year,” said Langford.

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