How To: Style An Insta-Worthy Fall Dessert Table

Fall entertaining season is upon us and we are excited to share our styling secrets with you on how to make your next dessert table modern, chic, and insta-worthy!

Similar to the appeal of the perfectly tousled bedhead hair, the goal is to make our table look effortlessly put together without really trying. It should look uncontrived and uncluttered. And the table should appear well-edited, yet warm and inviting.

Styling Tip #1: Avoid The Symmetry Syndrome.Tables look less rigid and more natural with any setting when items are placed more organically in a free-flowing manner. Don't put the cake or pie showpiece at the center of the table. Have it elevated on a stand for all to see, but only place it on one of the sides.

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Styling Tip #2: Keep your color palette clean and minimal. Use those yummy earthy fall neutrals as the base for your dessert table. Try using our blush kilim party plates and blush cocktail napkins to add some color. Mix in some black and white to balance the warm tones with cooler ones. We used a mix of black, white, gold, and beige accents to keep the palette minimal. To tie the rest of the table together, we used our black and gold party plates, marble party plates, and marble cocktail napkins (coming in November) to serve our guests! The best part about our partyware is that you can achieve that minimal look without looking mundane. After all, this is a party, so have fun with mixing patterns as long as they stay within the color palette. And don’t forget to add sparkles to the table with gold and glass accents.

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Styling Tip #3: Warm things up with wood. We, at Harlow & Grey, love our gold brass and marble! So, bring out all your best gold and marble pieces to show off! But, for a fall table, you definitely want to throw in some wood to warm up the table. Luckily, we have a wood table on hand. But if you don’t have a wood table, you can certainly pull off this look by adding wooden cake stands and decorative objects. Even wood branches can work.

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Styling Tip #4: Add Autumn blooms! If you don’t know what flowers are in season, Bloom Tuesday delivers the freshest and the most unique seasonal flowers in a box every Tuesday. The flowers come loose so you can create any arrangement your heart desires! We used their fall flowers to whip up these pretty asymmetrical floral pieces. Oh, and don’t forget those white pumpkins, they’re a must!

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autumn floral arrangement

Styling Tip #5: Personalize your table with GOLD objects you already have from your home. This gold deer head was found in our co-founder Gloria Wong Tritasavit's office desk. It's a pen cup, but for the party, we will consider it embellishment for the table. It's the finishing touch on this instagram-able table! 

gold deer head decor

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How To: DIY Balloon Arch

It seems like the latest trend in party decor is creating balloon arches. They're fun, festive, and they make a stunning statement. But how exactly do you make one? Domino Magazine recently shared a DIY tutorial on how to make one. What really caught our attention is that we love how they incorporated florals and our gold triangle garland to make this balloon arch one of a kind.

Ready to add some chic to your balloon arch? Be sure to check out the tutorial Domino


Image via Domino Magazine.

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Interview, Mix & Match, and More!

No matter how big or how small, we're always grateful for any mentions and features from our friends in the blogosphere! 

  • Check out our intimate interview about how Harlow & Grey came about on 24 East, a spankin' new Oakland-based blog dedicated to design and lifestyle.  
  • Our friends from Sweden and Tokyo gave their readers an exclusive preview of our line on their lovely modern kids & design blog, Paul & Paula
  • Party maven, Oh Happy Day, styled our Goddess Collection in so many different ways! Take a look here and here. The possibilities are endless! 

Thank you so much. We couldn't be more thrilled to be featured on these amazing blogs! 


Image via Oh Happy Day. 


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Goddess-Inspired Modern Easter Eggs

Need some ideas on how to decorate your Easter table this year? Grab a few paint brushes and acrylic paints and use our Goddess Collection as your inspiration. 

All you need to do is mimick the gold paint splatters from our cocktail napkins, colorblock like our cups, and add some grey hues to tie back to our marble plate. And don't forget to set the table with our pretty partyware. We offer Free Shipping with orders over $75 anywhere in the U.S., just in case you didn't know. :) 

Happy Easter and happy egg decorating! 

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