15 Entertaining Essentials You Need for Fall

From harvest dinners and Halloween parties to Thanksgiving feasts, these tabletop essentials will make fall entertaining a breeze.

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September 26, 2019

For those of us who love to entertain (and eat), fall is the best time of the year. Between Halloween and Thanksgiving, there's plenty to celebrate. First, though, you need to gather the proper entertaining essentials to ensure your gathering is absolutely perfect — or at least appears to be. While you'll definitely want to have some seasonal staples on hand, like cute pumpkin napkin rings and turkey place card holders, you can keep everything else fairly neutral so you can use it year-round. Think warm metallics and classic patterns that work just as well in the spring as they do in the fall.

We've highlighted our favorite tableware for fall, from golden-yellow napkins to beautifully ornate drinking glasses. Set your table for the season and bask in the glory of being prepared way ahead of time.

Bring the charm and nostalgia of the pumpkin patch to your autumn table with this five-quart pumpkin cocotte. Don't let the glossy, enamel finish fool you — this dish is safe to use in the oven or on the stovetop to cook roasts, stews and seasonal soups. Ready to serve your guests? Loop handles make it a breeze to move the cocotte from the stove to the table then right to the dishwasher when you're finished.

BUY IT: Sur La Table, $299.96 (Originally $714 — 57% Off!)

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If you take your fall entertaining very seriously, you might want to invest in a sophisticated set of dinnerware. Natural and organic vibes abound with a bit of glam in the form of a subtle gold dip on each piece. This set would look gorgeous with a gold set of flatware, too.

BUY IT: Food52, $122 (Set of 3)

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How insanely adorable are these turkey place card holders? These sweet accessories would be the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table or day-after brunch with the family. They have an antique finish and would pair nicely with practically any fall color palette you choose.

BUY IT: Pottery Barn, $19.50 (Set of 4)

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Stemless glasses are the easiest option for large gatherings and parties because they're suitable for a variety of drinks: red wine, white wine, rose and even water. Plus, they’re easy to store, comfortable in hand and pop right into the dishwasher at the end of the night.

BUY IT: Sur La Table, $19.96 (Set of 6) (Originally $29.95 — 33% Off!)

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These lightweight cotton napkins are available in a variety of colors, but we think the golden-yellow hue couldn't be more "fall" if it tried. If you prefer a mostly neutral table, colorful napkins are a great way to add a pinch of visual interest.

BUY IT: World Market, $9.99 (Set of 6)

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You don't have to have a seasonal set of flatware on hand, but these gorgeous matte gold pieces would look lovely on any table, giving you that extra bit of sparkle. They're made of stainless steel, too, so you can quickly throw them into the dishwasher for quick clean-up.

BUY IT: Walmart, $19.99 (Set of 20)

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Here's another easy way to add seasonal fun to your dinner table: pumpkin napkin rings. These cuties depict plump, polished pumpkins in rich shades of mahogany. They're a perfectly-unique accent for the entire fall season, from harvest dinners and Halloween parties to Thanksgiving feasts.

BUY IT: Williams Sonoma, $7.95

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We'll be using these stunning copper placemats long after fall ends. The herringbone pattern manages to feel both vintage and modern. You can use them as chargers or as trivets on your holiday table.

BUY IT: CB2, $11.95

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Disposable drinkware? No way! Keep your kitchen stocked with the staples, like this set of glasses. Raised geometric accents adorn this beautiful glassware for a decorative touch to both special and everyday meals. Plus, they're safe to put in your dishwasher for effortless clean-up after any gathering.

BUY IT: Wayfair, $47.99 (Set of 4)

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Make cocktail hour a little happier and more glitzy with a set of gold-edged coasters. The linen-cotton blend means you can toss them in the washer when they start developing drink rings. Now, that's stress-free entertaining!

BUY IT: Food52, $18 (Set of 4)

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Keep your table protected during seasonal meals with an all-cotton table runner. This handsome check pattern is timeless and versatile for both special occasions and everyday meals.

BUY IT: Nordstrom, $29.99

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Bring seasonal texture to your fall display with this decorative pumpkin, featuring a natural woven rope design and tassel detailing. It’s perfect on its own or paired with other decorative pieces on a mantel or shelf for a beautiful seasonal touch.

BUY IT: Target, $16.99

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Inspired by the vintage candlesticks you might find at your favorite thrift shop or estate sale, these beauties feel like they were hand-picked just for you. The set includes three candlesticks of varying sizes and different finishes to create interest and texture on your fall table.

BUY IT: Food52, $90 (Set of 3)

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Handwoven with pieces of nito fern by artisans in the Philippines, this lovely basket is a pretty way to serve bread or seasonal brunch pastries. You could also use it on a buffet table to house napkins, flatware and other essentials.

BUY IT: Williams Sonoma, $29.95

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Particularly perfect for pumpkin bread, this loaf pan creates centerpiece-worthy baked goods shaped with detailed pumpkins, pine cones and acorns surrounded by a fluted edge.

BUY IT: Crate & Barrel, $29.95

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