HOSTING 101: A Fall / Winter Dinner

Check out the this published post on the Society 6 Home Decor Blog... 

Hosting doesn’t have to be hard; a good Spotify playlist, a cheese board and some cozy seating and you’re halfway there.
Interior decorator and hostess extraordinaire Jillian Kliewer shows us how to throw your first-ever holiday gathering, below. Want more? Check out Jillian’s holiday gathering-inspired collection. 

Fall is a perfect time to gather friends and cook a big feast!  Welcoming friends and family into our home has always been a no brainer.  My husband and I share in the joy of having people around all the time and so hosting a dinner gathering is nothing new for us.

As a designer and lover of everything interiors, there are a few things that I think need to be done before your guests arrive (besides the cooking!)…


Straighten up~

Have in the room only what you’d like to share with your guests.  Old newspapers, amazon boxes, funky craft projects – these need to be put away so your guest can walk into a clean space free of your daily clutter.  



This year I’m exercising a minimalist mindset and focusing in on the small details without being holiday specific. I look to the seasonal colors of produce as my guide. – I used purple cabbage as decor, colorful cocktails with sprigs of fresh thyme, and dried rose petals sprinkled on chocolate truffles… ah yum! yes you can eat them.  



Amuse-bouche is French for appetizer – I like to set out little snacks around where guest will be hanging out.  A couple beautiful cheeses on a marble board and little bowls of dried fruit and nuts are a great addition and can keep guest happy while you finish up in the kitchen.


Seasonal Flowers~

You HAVE to have flowers. Go the morning of your party to a flower market or florist to pick up seasonal pops of color for the buffet table and centerpiece.  If you can use greenery from your own yard or garden that’s even better!  Simple ivy or green leafs and branches make a big impact on a simple table arrangement.


Why all the Rattan?

I love Rattan, straw, rope, jute, all of it.  And I'm happy it's hitting the interior design trends in masses because it's incredibly inviting ... but come on - basket collage on the wall?  How many straw hats must one have?  Trend is fully in play here, however, there are so many beautiful items to enjoy with a couple do's and don't according to how trendy you want to go... 


Rattan furniture - though originally made for warmer climates, it can be mixed in with practically any interior style to make the look warmer and more unique.  Invest in a beautiful rattan or wicker statement piece.  Hint: check it out in person before you invest or double check the return policy in case it's not what you're expecting.  Sit in it, hear its cracks and crinkles and make sure it calls to your vibe. 

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Basket Gallery - look is fun, but be careful as this is a trend you'll start to see everywhere and wont be long before you may see too many.  I say leave your beautiful baskets for function, like for fruit, blankets, toys or plants and lighting.  The love for basket lighting I could do a whole post on, and when done well, so stunning.  

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Hats & Handbags - Accessorize with a straw handbag and hat and when not in use, hang them from an entry door coat/hat rack.  This could in effect naturally cause a beautiful display... especially if you are obsessed and end up with too many.  

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A few of my favorites you can shop here: 

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ApartmentTherapy does a great article explaining some of the history of Rattan and Wicker process HERE

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