The very start of fall is a slow, subtle occurrence. The breeze has hints of briskness, the leaves ever so slightly begin to show their fiery colors, and the sunlight changes from yellow and bright to richly golden. Inspired by the advent of the season, an autumn tea is the perfect way to herald the shorter, cooler days ahead.
Though we typically think of warm oranges, reds, golds, and browns as fall hues, a beautiful way to accent these colors is with a crisp, cool palette as a base. At once informal and elegant, indigo and white are lovely paired with the rich shades of the season. China and place mats in these cool tones balance perfectly with chargers and napkins in brown, tan, and gold.
A bowl filled with persimmons, pears, and pumpkins makes a simple yet eye-catching centerpiece. Choose fruits of different sizes and shades for added texture and interest. Thoughtful details such as diminutive crab apples placed under cloches and a token at each guest’s plate—twigs, berries, and petite pumpkins tied with twine—complete the sweetly rustic motif.