Dana Slatkin

Cold Weather Entertaining

Cold Weather Entertaining


Entertaining this time of year is all about creating warmth and memories. There’s nothing more inviting than a sumptuous dining table laden with glowing candles, fully-bloomed flowers and abundant fresh fruit. From tabletop to menu, here are some ways to help you create a memorable experience for your guests. But as with any celebration, the magic ingredient is gratitude. Keep it in mind and your soirées will always be meaningful.

1. Place pillar candles inside glass hurricanes (see Eight Ways to Decorate a Hurricane) and light votives everywhere (don’t forget the powder room).

2. Arrange wooden or vintage platters and bowls (mismatched is more stylish) using squashes, pumpkins, apples, crabapples, clementines, multi-hued grapes, persimmons, pears or whole walnuts. They will last longer than flowers and can keep your guests from getting hungry.

Cranberry Centerpiece

3. Scatter fall leaves on the table or inside bowls of fruit.

4. Place well-loved wooden cutting boards on the dining table with crusty loaves of bread so that guests can serve themselves.

5. Use cranberries to secure flowers and branches in a vase…

6. Cake stands in all shapes and sizes create height and whimsy on a buffet. I especially like mine rustic…or dramatic…

Cake StandCheese Dome

7. Now is the time to take out your copper pots and serving dishes and use them!

8. Keep a pot of apple cider brewing on the stove. Fill it with cinnamon sticks and a clove-studded orange. The aromas will permeate your home and amplify the festive ambiance. For a more formal party, I like this display…

Apple Cider for Fall Festivities

Photo credits: Craftzine, Coren Moore, Don Freeman and White Lace Wedding

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  1. Adele says:

    Absolutely love the cheese domes. Where did you purchase them?

  2. Dana Slatkin says:

    Hi, Adele,

    If you Google cheese domes, you will find a huge assortment. Happy cooking!


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