Fall is a great time to host a get-together with family & friends. With the weather getting colder we naturally begin hunkering down and wanting to stay in more. And there’s nothing I enjoy more than spending quality time with the ones I love. Often, with school starting everyone gets so busy that we forget to slow down and check in with one another. Enter my favorite way to kick back and relax: The Dinner Party.

I’ve always loved hosting themed dinner parties – from Christmas to 4th of July and everything in between. There’s just something about revamping your dinner setting that makes your whole house feel more welcoming. But contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a specific holiday to dress up your table!

In my opinion, fall is the prettiest season – I love the pumpkin, scarecrow, and autumn leaves aesthetic. And not only that – with the leaves changing colors and falling, we begin reflecting on our own changes with the upcoming year. That’s what I wanted to represent with this dinner party – slowing down and enjoying each others’ company.

For the first step, I created my guestlist of six. I think six is the perfect number to have for this type of event – large enough to not have a lull in the conversations, but small enough to still seem intimate.

I always set a budget for myself for these parties because I tend to go overboard if I don’t. For this particular setting, I gave myself $100 to spend on decor and really wanted to make it count. I headed to Old Time Pottery to see if they had what I was looking for – and they did!

As you can see from the below photos, I really hit it out of the park with this one. Here’s a close-up of the individual setting:

Here’s a breakdown of the costs so far:
Fabric Napkins – $2.99 for 2
Napkin Rings – $1.29 each
Orange Salad Plate – $2.99 each
Gray Dinner Plate – $5.99 each

For 6 people, I was only out about $70 – not too bad! Of course, every great dinner party needs a centerpiece. I love this pumpkin topiary I found – I really think it pulls the table together.

And luckily, the topiary was only $19.99 – which brought my total to a little over $90. I managed to stay under $100 and create a setting that impressed everyone at my get-together. Now I’m ready to start saving up for my Halloween party!

Written by Sarah Moore

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