valley & co. tips :: fall entertaining 3 ways

‘Tis the time for bringing gatherings indoors (unless you’re blessed with year-round warm weather!), and the season for getting together for most any reason. We love entertaining friends, other families and kiddos, and our community, and really find any excuse (hello start-of-summer sidewalk party, outdoor movie party, gingerbread house decorating party, etc., etc.!). Out kids even love to get into the spirit, and help set the table and Ava personalizes place settings with flowers or little illustrations.

Entertaining for the fall months doesn’t need to be overdone or stuffy – here are 3 of our simplified styles for entertaining at home this fall – take a page from our book!

1. Go clean and edited by using what you have (a big wooden table is a great backdrop) and focus on one table runner and a centerpiece constructed from a big wooden bowl, last clippings from your garden, and bring in taper candles or tea lights to fill in the table. Simple can feel so cozy and intentional.

Photos by Katie Parra Photography for Valley & Company Events and Pottery Barn

2. Bring in tones of mauve and mustard with linens and food – an artistic or rustic presentation on big white platters and dishes will really make food pop and, especially with brighter fall colors, can help to set the tone for your table top. Serve up big bread loaves and dipping bowls filled with olive oil and sea salts, hummus, and herbed butters to add in extra effortless decor. And don’t forget to anchor your table with either your own or a rented linen – we love velvet linens for fall and the holidays. They bring a sense of richness and feel extra special.

3. Mix fanciful with basic elements – by using silver napkin rings and hemstitch linens with your everyday white plates and glassware, your party will feel elevated but also like you and comfy. We always use our wedding dishes and our “nicer” glassware when we entertain – after all, that’s what those pieces are for! Mixing and matching is also a big yes in our book for the fall. There’s that sense of eclectic comfort that it brings – and using colorful flowers and berry tones, potted herbs, and berries or figs in glass bowls will make your table pop!

Photos by Ryan Flynn Photography for Valley & Company Events and Pottery Barn

So what’s your go-to entertaining trick for the fall?

  • Hawthorn said:

    Love mixing store-bought with homemade
    It makes my life easier by grabbing specialty cheeses or jams and serving with homemade crackers or bread.

  • Felicia said:

    My entertaining top is to use recipes that are make ahead so I’m not spending all the time in the kitchen and I get to enjoy special moments with my guests. One of my favorite cookbooks for make ahead fall staples is Ina Garten’s Make Ahead. I love the goat cheese mashed potatoes and the iceberg salad with blue cheese.

    • aleah said:

      Love this! The goat cheese mashed potatoes might have to go on our entertaining list this year - and it's always a yes to iceberg salad!
      Thanks so much for sharing!