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How to Set a Beautiful Fall Harvest Table

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Thanksgiving is such a special time in Colorado, when fall – a season of sunshine and “mellow fruitfulness” (to paraphrase Keats) – begins to give way to snow and the start of ski season. It’s also the perfect time to host family and friends for a holiday gathering, or if you’re getting married, to incorporate seasonal elements into your decor. Creating a beautiful, natural fall harvest table is truly an art, whether it’s on a large scale for a wedding or a smaller one for a party or Thanksgiving meal. We’re sharing our top seven tips for decorating your fall harvest table and celebrating the season in style.

1. Bring the outside in: This time of year we’re surrounded by beauty and that can be reflected in your table decor. Gather seed pods, berries and leaves, swathes of grain and sprays of grasses and add them to your centerpiece for an elegant, foraged look.

2. Use pumpkins and other produce: Celebrate the bounty of the harvest in the best way possible by including real pumpkins and other fruits and vegetables on your table. Pumpkins, gourds and corn husks immediately add seasonal character, but also consider apples and pears, figs and grapes.

3. Choose a rich, warm palette: Give your guests that warm and cozy vibe by sticking to a traditional autumnal palette that reflects the changing foliage: copper, rust, mustard and pumpkin orange.

4. Play with pattern: If you’d like to add an unexpected element that will really elevate the look, consider playing around with pattern. For example, block prints, plaid or even blue willow patterns can all look amazing when paired with natural elements.

5. Embrace texture: Create visual interest with textures both organic and unexpected. Wood is an obvious (and beautiful) choice, but how about concrete, velvet or silk?

6. Vary the heights of your centerpieces: A common mistake with Thanksgiving tables, especially when using large natural pieces like pumpkins, is to keep everything at the same level. You want guests to be able to see one another across the table, so having a mix of heights gives you the best of both worlds. Employ stands, taper candles, and see-through glassware to add variety.

7. Plate up in the kitchen: It’s tempting to allow food to act as decor in itself, but remember, that only looks good until the first portion is taken. It’s also hard to find gaps for plates and platters amongst chunky centerpieces and that can inconvenient for guests. Save yourself the trouble by either setting a serving station separate to the main table or plating up in the kitchen.

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