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Eight autumn dinner party decorating ideas

Contributing home editor Andrea Mills shares her must-haves for a colourful Thanksgiving soirée.
By Andrea Mills
Eight autumn dinner party decorating ideas

Last minute Thanksgiving essentials

A warm welcome

Hang a fall wreath on your door for a warm welcome, this berry version looks just as good inside in a window or over a mirror if you live in an apartment or condo.

Life at Home wreath, $19,

Fall autumn colourful twig and berrywreath Superstore

Fall place setting

Decorative leaf plates can be used as small trays for serving appetizers. Or, place them under your everyday white dishes as plate chargers for a colourful, Thanksgiving table.

Ceramic leaf plates, $4 each,

ceramic decorative fall autumn leaf plates Superstore

From the oven to the table

Double duty products always get top marks in our books. This bakeware is designed for cooking and with gradient colouring it looks good enough to be used as serveware, too.

PC Bakeware, from $6,
Two-tone bakeware PC

Neutral table linens

Elevate your table top with elegant napkins. Our pick is stonewashed Belgian linen in any neutral colour because they work with anything. For a modern fall harvest table, skip the tablecloth and use them on a bare wood table. For a more formal dinner a simple piece of linen — just cut and leave the edges frayed and make sure you clip hanging strings — makes a great tablecloth or runner.

Stonewashed Belgian linen napkins, $40 for set of 4, Restoration Hardware.

Gray stonewashed Belgian linen napkins Restoration Hardware

Modern centrepiece

White vases with a textural tree branch motif are the perfect vessel for autumn arrangements. They are shockingly affordable (less than $10!) so get a few in different sizes and run them down the length of your table with just a few blooms or berry sprigs in each for a fresh take on a Thanksgiving centrepiece.

Ceramic trunk vases, $5 and $9,

Cermaic white tree trunk vases Superstore

Autumnal bread baskets

Wicker bread baskets may seem old school but these ones are made of woven plastic so they can be thrown in the dishwasher.

Everyday Essentials basket, $6 each,

Wicker bread basket Superstore

Carve-less pumpkins

It’s not often you can find harvest themed décor that has a natural, earthy vibe — that's why we fell for these twig pumpkins in an instant. Use them on your porch, mantel or table or add them to a shelf for an understated nod to the season.

Harvest Décor pumpkins, $6 and $10,
Twig decorative pumpkins Superstore

Pretty up your porch Drop some potted mums – they're in season and easy to find almost anywhere – in modern planters and you instantly perk up your curb appeal. 

Madison planters, various sizes from 16”, $95, available at select Andrew Richard Designs retailers Andrew Richard Designs madison planters


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