5 Styling Tips for Entertaining and Setting the Table

Styling and Decorating Tips for Entertaining - Nate Berkus for Target

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Hello Inspired Room readers! It’s Michaela, and I’m back (after a few months of not being around these parts) to show you a few of my favorite pieces to use for Fall Tablescapes. When Nate Berkus has a new collection at Target, I’m there. I love all of his decor items! I know I’m not alone here :) So when Nate (yes, we’re pretending I’m on a first name basis) asked me to try out some of his favorite entertaining items for Fall, I squealed!

I also had the exciting opportunity of interviewing Nate Berkus himself about his new Target collection, which you can see over on my blog today!

But first, here’s my recipe for entertaining success:

Entertaining and Styling Tips

Now, here’s how I put those tips into action in my own home:

I used 3 different vases, mixed with a pretty striped runner to create texture on my table.

Styling Tips for Entertaining and Setting the Table
Styling and Decorating Tips for Entertaining
Layering Plates for Entertaining - Styling Tips

I layered the dishes by starting with the dinner plate, adding the salad plate, then topping it off with a patterned dessert plate. This really dresses the table up! These dishes are beautiful! The subtle pattern gives them just enough interest, while the white keeps it simple and fresh, ready to be paired with anything.

Layering - Styling Tips for Entertaining
Styling and Decorating Tips - Entertaining

I made my favorite dessert (a super easy Cookie Brownie Cupcake) to set out on my buffet, so guests can grab their own food.

Cookie Brownie Cupcakes - Styling Tips for Entertaining and Setting the Table
Cookie Brownies - Styling Tips for Entertaining and Setting the Table

I just love putting out goblets or mugs on a tray on my buffet. I think it provides cohesion and a “lived in” look. This mirrored tray from Nate’s collection is one of my favorite trays ever. It’s rustically elegant!

White Mugs with Gold Stirrers - Nate Berkus for Target

I personalized it with this cute lion place card holder and some signage by Graceline Calligraphy. These are the details I love to add!

Styling for Entertaining

Fresh flowers, especially when they are seasonal colors and textures (like that awesome thistle branch on the right!) put the finishing touch on my tablescape. One of my favorite things about this collection is all the gold, as it adds so much warmth to our homes.

Styling Tips for Entertaining

Thanks for having me today :) Don’t forget to head over to my blog to see my interview with Nate Berkus about his new collection!

Are you hosting any fall or Thanksgiving gatherings? If so, you might want to look to this video I did last year for some floral arranging tips! Happy Autumn and happy entertaining!


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Sources (contains Michaela’s affiliate links): White VaseStriped RunnerWhite Textured DinnerwarePatterned Dessert PlateMirrored Wood TrayLion Place Card Holder

*This post was not sponsored, however products were provided by Target to Michaela to create this post on The Inspired Room.

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  1. finally a round top tablescape love it. I have a huge round table with the lasy susan pop-up in the middle I would love to see more/any of those types done.

  2. I’m always looking for great entertainment tips! Thanks so much!
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  3. Not only are place cards a cute addition to a table, they are actually very practical. People always want to know where they should sit, and by using place cards, you have time to think about this in advance and eliminate one “last minute” question.
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  4. Thanks for having me!! xoxo
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  5. Thank you for the great decorating tips.
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  6. Thanks for the permission to break the rules! Love the idea of using several different vases as opposed to one big arrangement.
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  7. I love it! Especially all the details in gold. Thanks for the inspiration! xx Liz
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  8. Beautiful!! May I know where the napkins come from?

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