Trends turn to cozy and
comfortable fall entertaining
(BPT) - As the glorious days of summer slip into crisp evenings, the changing
colors trigger a transition in seasonal décor.
“There’s an exciting mix of texture and color in fall fashion that’s extending
into home decorating,” says designer Julie Robbins. “As for tabletop, a big trend
this season is blending patterns you wouldn’t ordinarily put on the same table.
For example, paring a very exotic or modern pattern, like an animal print or an
architectural design with a mainstream vintage Americana pattern such as Fiesta,
or maybe mixing a polka dot pattern with fine china. It’s unexpected, but it really
Robbins helps customers put a new spin on their dinnerware as the lead designer
at Replacements, Ltd.
touted as the world’s largest retailer of old and new china, crystal, silver and
collectibles. Robbins says shades of purple are trending this fall, including various
tones of berry and plums, along with warm autumn oranges and sage. Popular textures
lean toward natural materials such as burlap, leather and knits. If you really want
to get your creative juices flowing, Robbins suggests repurposing an old shawl into
a table runner.
Get cozy with friends and family
As home decor changes with fall trends, so is the way many entertain. Gatherings
lean toward relaxed, cozy evenings making memories with friends and family; a respite
before the upcoming busy holiday season.
“My favorite autumn get-togethers are around the fireplace with homemade chili
and cornbread — a very casual, blue jean kind of thing and that’s a big trend for
fall entertaining,” Robbins says. “People are paring back and looking for ways to
entertain that don’t mean setting a table for 12. This ranges from baby boomers
looking to downsize to millennials who want substance over flash. It’s earthy and
Robbins says fall root vegetables and apples coming into season signal a time
for cool weather dishes and the tableware that goes with it, such as soup bowls
and mugs. Canapé plates and individual dip bowls are perfect for tailgating and
outdoor finger food buffets around a bonfire or fire pit, because these smaller
pieces give guests the freedom to mingle.
Reuse, repurpose, recycle
Another great tip, when moving your entertaining out of the dining room: think
about the space you’re going to use, then brainstorm innovative ways to repurpose
things from your table.
“I like to fill pitchers with flowers or fall foliage to create gorgeous accents
that can be used outdoors or anywhere around the house,” says Replacements’ Product
Marketing Manager, Keith Winkler. “It’s easy to turn a serving tray into a unique
center piece by placing small mums, pansies or other fall potted plants in a nice
arrangement on the tray. You can turn wine glasses upside down and place candles
on the base to create unique holders. The possibilities are endless.”
Repurposing is more than fun and functional — these new uses also make great
conversation starters. Robbins plans on posting fall entertaining and decorating
ideas on Replacements’
throughout the autumn months.