Our Fall Entertaining Guide
We’re still cooking over here at Trim!
Last week we shared with you a design recipe we’ve been developing at Trim--all the ingredients you need for creating what we like to call “The Mix”: A hybrid style combining a bit of cool, California, a touch of laid-back boho and a sprinkling of clean, modern for a look that’s...well, just about the perfect Mix, in our opinion! We’ll be sharing more renditions of that Mix in different mood boards for various types of rooms in the coming weeks.
But today, we’re taking that Mix on a spin. You know, fall is all about entertaining inside the home. Even without the big holidays that dot the calendar, fall just makes you feel like nesting and gathering together. You start to think more about the inside of your home, you want that cozy look, feel, and smell. You want to bring your closest friends and family into the fold and enjoy their company, maybe start a roaring fire, pour a glass of wine, and just bask in that glow of autumn warmth.
Well, we want that too! And so, today, we’re sharing with you some of our favorite finds to help you when you’re entertaining this fall. From wine glasses to candles to serving trays to dish ware and more, we’re rounding up our favorites that will bring a touch of “The Mix” to your next gathering. Oh, and how could I forget! We’re also each sharing a favorite family recipe with you--because you know, we really do love to cook up food too (not just designs!).
Annabel’s Fall Mix:
When it comes to seasonal decor, I take a minimalist approach. I don’t like the idea of having to haul a bunch of decorations in and out of storage every year, and while I love driving around and ogling over-the-top decorations, I want to come home to a serene space. My idea of fall decor is a basket of white pumpkins, some eucalyptus in place of flowers in a vase, and a simple wreath of seasonal greenery or dried pampas grass on the door. However, I do get excited about those utilitarian decor items that are needed once the weather turns cold. Things like firewood holders, cozy blankets, boot trays, and serving ware for holiday entertaining. Keep scrolling for a round up of the items of my wish-list this season:
1. friendly faces knit blanket, Calhoun & Co l 2. bula platter, Settle Ceramics l 3. thumb cupper, Cecilia East/West l 4. kilim loafers, Artemis Design Co. l 5. cork top canisters, Schoolhouse l 6. moroccan woven table, Little Market l 7. two-tone leather leash, Nice Digs l 8. scholar’s bench, Wu & Mchugh l 9. boot scraper, Schoolhouse l 10. terracotta vases, The Citizenry l 11. bellingham pillow, The Ivory Gull l 12. books candle, Homesick l 13. ceramic match striker, Barombi Studios l 14. fireplace tools, Smith & Hawken l 15. iron house log holder, Terrain l 16. prong fruit bowl, Need Supply l 17. galvanized boot tray, Smith & Hawken l 18. alpaca throw, Article l 19. utensil crock, McGee & Co
Jen’s Fall Mix:
Lately, for me, I’ve been really into simple, streamlined glassware, natural woven serving trays, rustic vintage breadboards to use for cheese and crackers, and earthy stoneware dishes. Add to that a punch of warm, saturated color--a sprig of winterberries or bittersweet, a swath of handwoven Laotian silk in burnt umber, gold, and reds laid out on the table, and of course the glow of candlelight and you’ve got my idea of a perfect autumn mix for entertaining! (Looking for that bit of unexpected? Try placing pheasant tail feathers in a vase of pitcher for a little tabletop pizzazz)! I also love scattering small glass votives on the table or the kitchen island--they’re nice and low so you can see your guests across from you. And although I’ll always love real pillar candles throughout the home, I have to say, the Premium Flicker Flameless Wax Pillars from Pottery Barn are a game changer. They give off a cozy, realistic glow, and you can set them and forget them. They turn on at a set time each evening and turn off 5 hours later--and the batteries last a long time. It’s a great way to add the warm glow of candlelight in your home without the worry of fire. They’re pricey, but worth it—check for a sale!
1. Fresh winterberry stems, can be found at your local florist, these are from Whiteflower Farm 2. Vintage bamboo cheese knives, Lestrict Maximum (Etsy Shop) 3. Trio of stoneware planters, Free Folding (Etsy Shop) 4. Petite Vintage Bread Board, Elise Green HH (Etsy Shop) 5. Handwoven Lao Silk Scarf, Sabaidee Textiles (Etsy Shop) 6. Vintage Holmegaard Martini Pitcher, Poppy's Paper Shop (Etsy Shop) 7. Burmese Rattan Trays, One Kings Lane 8. Schott Zwiesel Sensa Bordeaux wine glass, Williams Sonoma 9. Schott Zwiesel Tritan white wine glass, Williams Sonoma 10. Vintage European Bread Boards (large), Chase Vintage (Etsy Shop) 11. Rustic linen napkins, Alabatis (Etsy Shop) 12. Pewter Centerpiece Vase, Gibson's Pewter 13. Snow White Coffee Mug, Nom Living 14. Snow White Dessert Plate, Nom Living 15. Glass Votives, unscented Pottery Barn 16. Luigi Bormioli Oval Veronese DOF Glass, Luigi Bormioli 17. Premium Flicker Flameless Wax Candle, Pottery Barn 18. Pheasant Feathers, Spearpoint Ranch (Etsy Shop) 19. Essential for that killer Old Fashioned cocktail you’ve got going: extra large ice cubes! Tovolo King Cube Ice Tray from Amazon
Now that you’ve got your house all set, what are you going to serve those hungry guests when they arrive?? We’ve got a few ideas for you: Annabel’s side dish, Jen’s dessert, and we even threw in one of our all-time favorite, sure-to-please-a-crowd (and it’s easy too!) Barefoot Contessa appetizer recipes (because if you don’t know it by now, we absolutely LOVE Ina!!)
Annabel’s Hot Honey-Roasted Delicata Squash
adapted from this recipe
3 medium Delicata squash (about 3 pounds), halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
10 shallots (or 2 medium red onions) halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch rings
A handful of smashed garlic cloves (if you’re not big on whole roasted garlic cloves, you can use a dash of garlic powder or a tsp of chopped garlic)
2-3 glugs olive oil (or your oil of choice)
2* Tbsp hot honey (I use Mike’s) The honey is pretty spicy, so first-timers might want to stick with 1 Tbsp
salt & pepper
Variations: add some rosemary and swap maple syrup for the honey if spicy isn’t you thing
Preheat the oven to 400°F degrees. Place the squash, shallots, and garlic in a large bowl. Drizzle with the oil and hot honey, and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper; toss to coat.
Spread mixture evenly on two large, rimmed baking sheets. I line my baking sheets with tin foil to prevent sticking. Bake the squash on the upper and lower racks of the oven, tossing, rotating, and switching the pan positions half way through cooking, until tender and browned, 25 to 30 minutes. Taste and add more salt if desired.
**If you can’t find delicata squash at the market, acorn squash is a good sub
Jen’s Apple Pie
Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.
(I cheat and use store-bought pie Pillsbury crust). Just one, since this is an open pie. Defrost according to the directions on the package. You may need to roll it out slightly so that it fits your pie plate. Place it in pie plate so that there’s a bit overhang.
1 cup light brown sugar (packed)
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon allspice
⅛ teaspoon cloves
⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon grated lemon peel (if you haven’t bought a microplane yet, I highly recommend--great for zesting citrus!)
½ cup butter (cold and diced)
Mix until crumbly. Set aside while you prepare the apples:
6-8 medium apples, peeled, cored, and sliced.
(I like to use a mixture of apples--Macouns, Cortlands, and Mutsu apples are fun to use too!) I also tend to use a lot of apples because even though my pie plate is heaping with them when they go into the oven, once it cooks, it’ll all shrink down.
Sprinkle ⅓ of the crumble mix in the bottom of the pie plate on top of the crust. Pile the apples on top. Cover with the remaining crumble. Back at 400 degrees for 50-55 minutes. Let rest before serving.
Barefoot Contessa’s Ham & Cheese Puff Pastry
And here’s a link to a foolproof appetizer from Barefoot Contessa: Ham & Cheese Puff Pastry (seriously, it’s delicious!).