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6 Ways To Prep Your Dining Room for Holiday Entertaining

With fall in full swing and holiday entertaining just around the corner, peak hosting season is nearly upon us. With all the work that goes into planning a meal for multiple people, the last thing you want is to stress over your dining room.

Skip the pre-hosting stress this year, and get your dining room ready to go before guests descend. To help, we rounded up our favorite dining room ideas to help you get fully prepped for a revolving door of dinner parties.

Read on for a few dining room ideas that will help you shine as the hostess with the mostest!

dining room ideas for holiday entertaining1. Always Have Extra (and Comfy) Seating

Comfortable chairs can make long dinners much more enjoyable. If you like a little extra cushion, consider matching sets that are fully upholstered or have nice plush seats.

If you have room to spare, extra chairs are always great to have on hand in case of unexpected, or last-minute guests.

Short on space? Dining chairs are versatile so try placing extras in your entryway or home office. They won’t use up square footage unnecessarily, and you can easily pull them into your dining space in a pinch.

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dining room ideas for entertaining2. Be Realistic About Headcount

Big dinners are a holiday given, so be cognizant of how many people your dining room can accommodate comfortably.

If you have the space to entertain a big crowd, make sure everyone has a spacious spot at the table. A table with extendable leaves is a great solve for hosting large groups in smaller spaces.

dining room ideas for holiday entertaining3. Take Time to Outfit Your Table

Whether you’re hosting a Thanksgiving feast for 12 or an intimate dinner for four, a thoughtfully set table is always memorable.

Channel the colors of the season (orange, green, gold and beyond) and pick a combination of your favorite three to guide the palette for your table scape.

If you’ve been thinking about new dishes, silverware or glassware, now is the time to go for it as you gear up to entertain.

dining room ideas for holiday entertaining4. Prepare a Serving Station

Half the challenge of entertaining is being present with your guests.

Setting up a sideboard or a buffet where you can create a bar and a serving station for food, appetizers and dessert means you won’t have to dash back and forth from the kitchen.

In a smaller dining room, try a simple bar cart topped with drinks and light nibbles.

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dining room ideas for holiday entertaining5. Add Good Mood Lighting

Beyond candlelight, make sure your dining room is well-lit all around – overhead, along the walls, or a table lamp or two placed strategically on a buffet or a small table.

The idea is to have enough lighting around your dining room so that you can easily switch off a few to create a moody ambience.

If you have a single pendant above the dining table, consider hanging a chandelier for a show-stopping light source that adds more sparkle.

dining room ideas for holiday entertaining6. Warm Up Your Floors

A captivating rug is sure to set a cozy, festive note. Choose a low-pile option (one that’s not shaggy) in a color or pattern that draws focus to your dining table.

Or opt for a natural-fiber rug with a large-scale design that’s easy on the eyes and stands up to foot traffic. (These can also handle the occasional spill, because let’s face it – it happens).

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Get your dining room ready for the holidays!

Autumn Checklist: Get Your Home Ready for Fall

As the season shifts from summer to fall, it’s time to prep your home for the cozier days ahead – mornings spent indoors by the fire with a book or evenings entertaining family and friends.

With that in mind, there are simple ways you can change up your rooms to savor all that autumn has to offer, indoors. From making simple decor swaps to preparing party-ready spaces, here’s our checklist of easy updates that will ensure your home is warm, inviting, and comfortable throughout fall and beyond.

Let in the Autumn Light

It may seem counterintuitive to leave your windows bare during this seasonal transition as temperature cools, but it’s the best moment to let in the beautiful autumn daylight and usher in a sense of seasonal warmth.

If you have curtains or heavy drapes, pull them back all the way until winter sets in, and you can also hang a large mirror on a wall to reflect more of the natural light in a room.

Think Seasonal Hues

Embrace a fall color palette in large and small ways. Whether it’s adding a small tan leather pouf, layering in touches of gold and brass accents, or simply bringing in seasonal flowers in shades of reds and oranges, filling your room with colors that recall autumn’s changing foliage will help bring the season’s beauty indoors and play up a cozy atmosphere.

Get Set for Cocktail Hours

Fall always signals the beginning of party season. Make sure you’re ready to host happy hour gatherings and cocktail parties by checking to see you have enough extra seating in your living room, a bar cart for drinks, or even just trays to make serving simple.

Thinking about hosting movie marathons and game nights? Be sure you pile some extra pillows onto your sofa for added comfort; now’s the time to get a few small ottomans that you can easily move around for additional seating or side tables.

Start Prepping for Holiday Gatherings

There are cocktail parties and then there are holiday parties and family gatherings. Year-end festivities have a way of always sneaking up on all of us so autumn is the best time to start readying your space.

Start by making sure you have lots of seating spread across your living and dining rooms; and if you need a new dining table or a buffet to host big dinners, now’s the time to get those pieces in.

Double check that your entry area is free of clutter. And if you’re expecting overnight guests at some point during the season, prepare fresh linens and nice toiletries in your guest room.

The key is to start now—because the holidays will be here before you know it.

Settle Into Cozy Textures

Swap out your summer linens for cozier throws, pillows, and textures. Think velvet and leather cushions, chunky cable knit blankets, a warm duvet, and fluffy sheepskin rugs. It’s all about embracing snug fabrics, such as wool and cashmere, in lots of small ways.

And no need to stop there: woven textures and warm, grainy wood accents are textures that can enrich rooms as well. Try pulling in a small bench with a woven seat or simply adding baskets and wooden bowls as accents in your living space or bedroom.

Spread Some Ambient Light

Whether it’s moving a floor lamp over to a reading corner or hanging plug-in sconces next to a bookcase, good lighting that’s evenly distributed throughout your rooms will bring a romantic and moody glow to your fall evenings.

Having the right lighting in place will also add to the season’s overall festive mood, so consider placing a table lamp by your entry or swap in some new pendants to brighten up your dining room.

And of course, don’t forget to fill your rooms with candlelight as finishing touches that add elegant glimmer.

 

Rethinking your home for fall?