2. A Toast to the Season
Time taken to revel in the beauty of autumn comes in many forms, but setting a table amid the cascading vines at a nearby vineyard is certainly one of the loveliest. Create a simple sideboard for serving wine and appetizers by balancing an old door or panel across a pair of wine barrels, then add autumnal accents with mums and Gerbera daisies tucked in a vase and tiny white ‘Baby Boo’ pumpkins balanced on pedestals. Gather guests around a table set for six, draped with an elegant cloth in a luxe charcoal hue and accompanied by matching napkins. Add plenty of polish with gold accents—gilded chargers, beaded napkin rings, delicate amber goblets, twin candelabra, and a leaf-shaped serving dish. In keeping with the refined nature of the romantic setting, ebony dinner plates topped with Asian-themed black-and-white salad plates complete this sublime scene.