Fall is such a beautiful time of year and a fabulous time to invite friends and family for an easy and scrumptious buffet. Set a table that reflects the season and is full of beautiful fall details. I’m sharing 10 tips for setting a beautiful harvest buffet and some great tips for what to serve too!
Our latest edition of Decorating Tips And Tricks is about using PAINTER’S DROPCLOTHS IN INNOVATIVE WAYS. Drop cloths are the best material disguised as something to catch paint dribbles! You will love these ideas!
You can listen to episode 86 below:
Let’s set a harvest buffet…
BRING THE OUTSIDE IN
The fluff and pods and grasses and berries of fall are all so beautiful this time of year! So bring them inside and use them as part of their table! Don’t overlook very common outdoor beauty!
I filled a white vase with pyracantha from the side of my house. It only has these full berries on it this time of year so I’m taking advantage of them now!
CREATE A CENTERPIECE IN A BASKET OR TRAY
Create a centerpiece on your table that reflects all the other elements.
I used my favorite round basket to gather up the pitcher, a couple of pumpkins, a candle and a pitcher of antique flatware.
USE PUMPKINS, GOURDS, AND OTHER FALL ELEMENTS
Let your table take on the look of a pumpkin patch because nothing says fall like some pretty pumpkins. Scatter pumpkins and other fall finery around your table! Put little pumpkins in cups and bowls. How fun!
USE YOUR NICE DISHES
I know that paper dinnerware is so easy but I really like to use my own plates and other dishes. And I think white dishes look gorgeous against the bright oranges of fall! If you have white dishes use them!
I look for dishes with interesting and intricate edges. My best sources are HomeGoods, Wayfair and Pier 1!
USE FALL INSPIRED DISHES
It’s so easy to find and collect dishes that are shaped like leaves! And they are usually quite inexpensive! I’ve been collecting them for years and years. I’m serving dessert on dishes that look like leaves. And putting a pasta salad in my other leaf-cup dishes.
Start now! Choose a color and find fall inspired dishes in that particular color. I love the golden hues of fall so that is what I collect. Again I find most of my dishes at HomeGoods, Wayfair and Pier 1. I found the leaf cups a Wegmans.
SERVE SOUP… AND SERVE IT IN CUPS
Fall and soup go together and can feed a crowd! I love serving soup in a cup or coffee mugs. They hold just the right amount and depending on the kind of soup, my guest can drink it!
I collect soup tureens, especially ironstone ones. And I have about a dozen ironstone cups. So for this buffet, I am putting them both to work! I say, USE YOUR STUFF! Don’t let it sit in a cupboard!
TREAT YOUR FAMILY AND GUEST TO CLOTH NAPKINS
Again, paper is easier but cloth napkins are so much nicer! I have one overtly fall set of napkins that I picked up on sale a few years ago and use them over and over again during the fall. I have a “thing” for fall leaves so they work with almost every fall decoration I have!
If you don’t have fall napkins use what you have. I often use my brown check napkins for entertaining during the autumn season!
EMBELLISH WITH CANDLE RINGS
I’m not sure many people use candle rings anymore to put around candles. But there is another fabulous use for them. If they are twiggy and brambly I scoop them up and use them under small pumpkins and dishes! They make such a fun presentation! Easy peasy!
Now let’s talk about what to serve for a harvest buffet… soup, of course! Soup is easy to make, filling, feeds a lot of people and is warming on a crips fall day or evening!
To see all the different kinds of soup I have posted you can google “StoneGable soup” and you can pick from lots of my favorite soups.
Or if you are not much of a soup maker, buy some heat it up and serve it with crusty bread and assorted cheeses! YUM!
LET YOUR GROCER’S BE YOUR SOUS CHEF
I think many people don’t entertain because it can be a lot of work and we lead busy lives! Don’t let that stop you from great fellowship of family and friends. So many grocery stores carry fabulous food! Let them do the work! You just have to assemble it.
Or have everyone bring something. You make the soup and ask everyone to bring one element of the meal! Most people love to contribute to a good time!
Now, it’s your turn! How about giving us a great tip for making a harvest buffet memorable!