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I almost turned the heat on last night — the air here in Toronto is certainly feeling chilly at night.

With the colder weather, I like to think about dinners inside and setting pretty tables for friends and family. Often just a coloured plate or piece of brass flatware is all you need to set your table apart and give it new life. Don’t forget to stock up on fresh cotton napkins as well — they’re often hard to find when you’re desperate for them!

Photo Blog September 28 Fall Tabletop Accessories Recipes

This was a great spread that Toronto chef Rodney Bowers prepared for our November 2010 Entertaining story. Pick up a copy on newsstands October 12, and check our homepage October 4 for two of his delish recipes. Take his spread as inspiration for a rustic fall supper. We mixed a gorgeous copper pan and Asian serving dishes with brass bowls from little India, and it all came together beautifully.

Photo Blog September 28 Fall Tabletop Accessories Plates

These Asian-inspired plates from Anthropologie have such a pretty edge to them and would add a perfect pop of colour to any tablescape. $5-$12 per piece.

Photo Blog September 28 Fall Tabletop Accessories Napkins

These cotton napkins from West Elm are sold in packs of four in a variety of colours, and at this price, I’d stock up. $12 for four.

Photo Blog September 28 Fall Tabletop Accessories Glass Jars

I’m not usually a fan of green recycled glass, as it can often have a weighty, chunky look (think gigantic margaritas), but these little lovelies from Canvas have made me change my tune. $8.50 USD each.

For more autumn inspiration, check out Kathryn Bala’s Fall Interiors blog post, or our Fresh Fall Recipes for dinner party dishes.

Photo credits:
1. House & Home November 2010 issue, photography by John Cullen
2. Lotus Dinnerware, Anthropologie
3. Cross Dye Basic Napkins, West Elm
4. Recycled Juice Glasses, Canvas

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