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Easy Entertaining Ideas for Fall

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I embrace all things fall. The flavors of my favorite foods, the scent of a cool breeze and the vastly changing color palette. It just feels communal – everyone is outdoors, getting together for various activities and it tends to feel busier than ever, but I love every minute of it.

easy entertaining ideas for fall and a beautiful fall table setting

All too often, we push off until tomorrow what we’d like to do today with the excuse that we’re too busy. Sometimes we just need to rethink how we do things and grant ourselves a little leniency. Yes, I love to cook and have friends over, but I don’t always have time to plan, shop and prepare a meal. Rather than schedule something months in advance, I prefer to take a fresh approach to entertaining, hosting a few friends, casually. Today I’m sharing some of my easy entertaining ideas, like that it’s okay to order takeout, in fact, that’s how my business started! I prepared food that looked like it was made at home for customers to pick up and serve to their guests.

To make the table feel special, I chose ingredients inspired by the food. This fall floral arrangement takes just 5 minutes to make and lasts for weeks! To create this look, you’ll need:


cheesecloth {found at the grocery store}

bunch of seeded eucalyptus

pillar candles

How to create a fall flower arrangement:

  1. Place your cheesecloth in the center of your table. Inexpensive cheesecloth makes a beautiful tablecloth and sets a soft tone
  2. Determine where you want the center of your flower arrangement. Place a stem of seeded eucalyptus at each end and continue to layer them until you reach the center. diy flowers thanksgiving  diy flowers thanksgiving  diy holiday flowers
  3. Add your largest pillar to the center and stagger them throughout. You can nudge eucalyptus aside if needed. Entertaining expert Julie Blanner Lifestyle Blogger Julie Blanner flower arrangement from grocery store flowers
  4. Add in apples to fill any holes and to add a pop of color. holiday entertaining grocery store flowers How to arrange flowers

It really is that easy!

beautiful fall table setting

Add a glass of frosted cranberries for an illuminating glow | fall entertaining

Holiday entertaining just got a lot easier, too! Cheers to spending more time celebrating fall!

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30 comments on “Easy Entertaining Ideas for Fall”

  1. I love their seasonal sandwiches! Your centerpiece is so pretty, and it’s something people can easily make at home.

  2. Julie-beautiful photos, great ideas thank you for sharing. Love your blog.

  3. Love, love, love it!

  4. Such a GORGEOUS tablescape!! I need to host a fall dinner party now!

  5. What a beautiful, easy way to celebrate the season. I’m all about easy at times too.

  6. So cute! I really like this; beautiful!

  7. Where did you find the the eucalyptus

  8. I love your page. I stumbled upon it today and wow extremely impressed. I am going to save it to my favorites!!

  9. I just found your site today from Thistlewood Farms, and LOVE it! I really appreciated this table setting idea, as it’s one of the only ones I’ve seen in Blog-Land that is short enough to see your family and friends over, still has room for dishes and glasses, plus looks very festive and isn’t crazy expensive or hard to shop for!!! Keep up the Great Ideas : )

    • So nice to meet you! You’ll never find anything too fussy over here, especially on the table. As a former event planner, tall centerpiece and lack of space for plates and drinks are pet peeves of mine. If you’re hosting the holidays, you might want to see my free printable thankful for. cards as well. Have a beautiful week!

  10. Your tablescape is really beautiful & looks really easy. Where would I get euclyaptus branches?

  11. I loved the look of this when I found it on Pinterest. I’m getting married in two weeks and this si what our tables are being decorated to look like. so simple and so elegant.

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