I am amazed how the pace of life in New Orleans picks up at Halloween and does not slow until the last song is performed on the first Sunday in May. This year I’m telling myself I will use October to get ahead. It’s too early to think about gifts and recipes, so tabletop is on my radar. Inherently, indoor and holiday entertaining are a bit more formal than summer backyard BBQs. However, that doesn’t mean they should be stuffy. Gather pieces you already own and supplement with fresh items available all over town. Think about colors that feel seasonal. My go-to in cooler months are jewel tones. If you play in that range, everything works together. Glassware, serving pieces, and small sculptures will bring vibrancy to your table. Add candlelight and you’ve got yourself a backdrop for whatever fun you’re planning. Cheers! 

Jewel Toned Linens

Pretty tablecloths and napkins are easy ways to jazz up your table. Aux Belle Choses’ range of Provencal napkins strike the perfect blend of charming and timeless. Those in plum shades play nicely with late Autumnal tones and work with any December holiday colors you throw their way. Aux Belle Choses, abcneworleans.com. 

The Five Senses

Don’t forget the music. The Revivalists Radio on Spotify is an ideal companion to any party.

HOW TO HOST: Planning Your Tablescape

Colorful Forms

Modern and colorful, this bamboo salad bowl pulls double duty as something eye catching and useful. Hazelnut,  hazelnutneworleans.com.

Something Old

Just like the most beautiful rooms, a memorable table needs layers. For instant charm use antique or old silver. As You Like It Silver Shop has an endless selection, including lovely French sterling silver dessert sets. As You Like It Silver Shop, asyoulikeitsilvershop.com. 

HOW TO HOST: Planning Your Tablescape

Tall Glass of Water

These surprisingly neutral Vanessa Double Old Fashioned tortoise glasses will add sparkle and texture to your table. Use for water or cocktails. Adler’s, adlersjewelry.com. 

HOW TO HOST: Planning Your Tablescape

Something Unexpected

A bird? At the table? Why not when they are this beautiful (and clean)! Ridge Walker’s glass birds (pelican shown here) are the perfect scale for a dining table decoration. And if nothing else, they will serve as a conversation starter. Judy at the Rink, judyattherink.com.