Theme: Autumn colors and fruits of harvest welcome family and friends for a grateful gathering.
Centerpiece: A black coffee press filled with coffee beans and tall cattails is a reminder of nature’s bounty.
Place Setting: Use pinking-sheared brown corduroy fabric for a tablecloth, squash yellow tableware, and napkins tied with leather shoelaces. The place cards are tiny Hallmark® booklets titled for each family member (Mom, Dad, etc).
Decorative Detail: The table becomes the epitome of plenty when scattered with oranges, kumquats, mini squash, pumpkins, and pinecones. A gold frame hangs behind the buffet, which is draped with a faux silk remnant. A wooden chest holds wine bottles; a coffee press overflows with fiery-hued autumn leaves.
Dessert Buffet: Mini Pumpkin Spice Cakes, Sweet Potato Pie, and Pecan Caramel Cheesecake. Beautiful bonbons are simply small scoops of ice cream dunked in melted chocolate chips.
Drink: To make heartwarming wassail, blend two cups of light rum, 1/2 cup of dark rum, five 25-ounce bottles of sparkling apple cider, and one carton of mango juice. Clothespin a silk leaf to each goblet stem.