Over Labor Day Weekend, I decided to get a jump start on "Fallifying"(a word I've made up, meaning to prep for fall) my home. Since it is only the beginning of September, I didn't think it would be appropriate to have my entire house decked out in fall decor just yet. Instead, I spent the weekend looking for those items that would become the staple entertaining pieces for me throughout the Fall season. While there are certainly more than just the 5 items listed below that will be part of my Fall entertaining repertoire, these 5 essentials are great ways to start incorporating small and festive fall accents into your home.
Geometric lanterns are a trend that I am noticing in an array of home stores this season, so of course I have immediately jumped on the bandwagon. I love the fact that these lanterns are a hybrid between a hurricane and a traditional lantern with modern/rustic flare. You can find these lanterns with closed peaked tops or open hurricane style in copper, brass or zinc, like the ones I have featured above from World Market. In addition to the fabulous look of these hurricanes, they retail for anywhere between $9.99 and $29.99! Love that! With that said, my favorite feature would have to be the fact that the base of these lanterns is nonstick. Meaning that when the candles melt down into the base, don't worry about it! Just wait for the wax to harden and then it will lift right out of the lantern. Great price, chic look and easy care, makes these lanterns a must-have for this fall season.
I love a good cocktail napkin and have a bit of a cocktail napkin habit (similar to my pillow, flower and cooking tool habits). With all of the decorating and redecorating I have been doing lately, I have been a huge fan of prints from various fabric designers like Schumacher, Lee Jofa and Scalamandre. As it turns out, Scalamandre has collaborated with my favorite paper cocktail company, Caspari, to come up with the most fabulous line of products featuring the famous Scalamandre Zebra and Arrows. I am in love with these orange zebra cocktail napkins for the Fall season, because they give you that autumn feel without being too kitchy. These napkins are definitely a chic and updated accessory that I highly recommend adding to your entertaining repertoire this season.
Wood Slice Serving Board
I have a serious weakness for anything rustic chic and this serving board definitely fits the bill! Not only is it rustic and very reminiscent of Autumn, it is also extremely versatile. Whether I am crafting a new fall cheesescape, serving up delicious sugar cookies or even using it as a base for a fall centerpiece, this board adapts to an array of situations. I have seen all sorts of variations on this board in a number of stores, but ended up purchasing mine from Sur la Table, because the care for their board is super easy and it gives off the most wonderful smokey cedar fragrance. Love love love this board!
Copper Wine Coaster
I love a splash of copper. Well, if we are being honest, I really would love a whole sea of copper. The reality- not in my budget, so I am sticking with loving a splash of copper. Most home good stores are chock full of copper accessories right now. My favorite piece at the moment would have to be this Copper Wine Coaster from Williams Sonoma. With the chic style of the rustic brass handles and the warmth of the coaster's color palette, this is the perfect accent to any autumn table setting.
Phantom Wine by Bogle
There is no question that I enjoy a nice bottle of wine on occasion. Sometimes to a fault. Recently, I was talking about wine with a friend of mine and she asked if I had tried Phantom by Bogle. Bogle has been known to produce wines that are great for everyday drinking, so naturally I was a little confused when she emphatically recommended this particular label. It still peaked my interest, so I purchased a bottle to share with my husband over the weekend. Let me just say…I totally understand now why my friend was raving about Phantom by: Bogle. This wine is FABULOUS!!!! OMG so delicious and instantly became worthy of my Fall entertaining essentials, because in addition to this wine being very delicious, it is only offered seasonally (in the Fall). If you are looking for a great bottle of wine to try this fall, I highly highly recommend picking up a bottle of Phantom by Bogle. I promise, you most certainly will not be disappointed!
This happens to be my favorite time of year, so of course I have wasted no time with starting to transition my home from Summer to Fall. I absolutely love these entertaining pieces mentioned in today's post as well as other items that I will be sharing in the upcoming weeks/months. Now if only the Fall weather would get the memo that it is time to start cooling off our 90+ degree city!