In my opinion, the dining table is just as important as the food that sits on top of it. I enjoy putting together a beautiful, autumnal setting. Start early with the tablecloth and build up from there. Choose a solid color because it can be used for future parties and is easily decorated with a variety of accessories. Add colorful, printed placemats and napkins tied with plaid ribbon. Don't forget mood lighting in the form of rows and rows of candles.
Arrange fallen leaves and glittered pumpkins to make a festive but affordable centerpiece. Set the table with your best china and good stemware. Place a beautiful bouquet on a nearby banquet or coffee table. Be sure to light a fire in the fireplace so that the house is cozy and inviting.