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A Thoroughly Modern Fall Feast

photography by STEPHANIE STUDER

styling by ICONIC

white pumpkin artistry by LUCIA BURNS

video producer THOMAS ALLEN

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As the late-afternoon shadows become longer and the days get shorter, the romance of fall is upon us. In Napa it’s time for the crush, in the Midwest it’s time for harvest, and all across America it’s time to celebrate the bounty of the fall season—this time with a thoroughly modern dinner party. Here, we share a fresh take on how you can turn your fall fête into a glamorous, modern affair.

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KEEP IT LIGHT AND BRIGHT
Fall is here, and with it the season for get-togethers and celebrations.

We’re of the mind that you don’t need a holiday to spoil family and friends with a decadent dinner. And although, traditionally, that means all the fall trimmings and colors, we’re craving something light, bright, golden, and modern this season.

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white&

gold

A white and gold color palette for your table-scape is seasonless, and you’ll be able to reuse many of the items again and again. It’s just as fitting for a fall harvest dinner as it is a New Year’s Eve party.

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fall

feel

To incorporate a fall feel, we recommend decorating with accessories like glamorous white pumpkins. (Try white, metallic, glass, or hand-painted ones!) Fall foliage, whether real or faux, could also grace the table, along with classic accents like an arrangement of fresh flowers.

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Prado Paella featuring lobster tail, shrimp, scallops, langoustine, and chorizo over forbidden black rice.

Tapas is a great way to get the conversation going, and small plates are always easy on the eyes. They also double as decor; you can tray-pass them, serve them at a cocktail table for guests to graze on as they arrive, or take them to the dinner table.

Preparing tapas items on an open grill with white oak really play into fresh, new flavors.

“Most traditional fall feasts incorporate your typical pumpkin and spiced flavors, whereas the flavors brought about by preparing tapas items on an open grill with white oak really play into fresh, new flavors while still incorporating a warm holiday feeling,” Rajab says.

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Gather fruit that’s in season in a fall color palette of dark burgundies, blues, reds, and purples. We recommend heading to your local farmers market for the freshest picks.

 

a fresh

start

A beautiful charcuterie board is always a stunner and also a great starter.

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Albondigas, Roasted Cauliflower and Lollipop Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto.

If you’re hosting a sit-down affair, consider something truly luxurious for dinner like a seafood paella. It’s warm, inviting, and has all the fall colors, even if it isn’t a traditional fall meal.

“Paella is a dish that we feel can be served throughout the seasons, as its shareability brings about a communal spirit and really brings the table together over conversation and bold bites,” Rajab says.

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HEAD OUTDOORS
Weather permitting, consider hosting your get-together outside. A table strewn with candles sets the scene for a dreamy and intimate affair.

Gather some lanterns and string lights for additional lighting. Once the sun sets, have some blankets available for guests to cozy up if needed.

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A glass of Champagne as guests arrive sets the mood for the evening.

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Long candlesticks set in glass bottles create a dreamy ambience and add lighting.

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Placecards always show your guests they are important.

Tapas, Charcuterie Board, Paella, Wine Pairing, and Location courtesy of Omni Montelucia Resort & Spa. Table details on table by Peter Thomas Designs.

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