There’s something about the lessening daylight hours that makes summer to fall feel like such a natural transition. While crisp weather might be months away here in Austin, that doesn’t stop me from embracing fall on my own terms. I love a good excuse to gather with friends, and if it happens to align with the changing seasons? Even better. This year the Autumn Equinox falls on September 22, but to be honest, I think this kind of outdoor dinner party could work any evening in September or October. Just add good drinks, a crowd-pleasing meal, and a folksy fall playlist.
As the first official day of fall, the Autumn Equinox is a great time of year to host a simple get-together. It’s early enough to avoid the scheduling chaos of the holidays and warm enough to enjoy a dinner set outdoors. If you’ve got a large backyard for hosting, I recommend setting up one long table a true family-style experience.
I think hosting an Autumn Equinox dinner is all about evoking a warm and inviting feeling. Think cozy, folksy, and camp-inspired. I fell in love with this chestnut-colored Glen Plaid Tablecloth by Heather Taylor Home, but there are so many similar pieces, like this dupe from Target. From there, I added vintage lanterns from a mix of antique stores, Etsy, Facebook Marketplace, and Vermont Lanterns. The idea was to curate a mismatched collection, so I opted for a variety of shapes, sizes, and finishes to get that perfectly imperfect look. Enameled dinner plates and mugs help keep things casual, and knit throw blankets add some texture to the mix. Natural fall foliage brought depth and color, while handkerchief-tied napkins and wood-handled flatware rounded out the details.
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Lanterns (vintage, various sources)
Dutch Oven (similar)
Dining Chairs (use code Anastasia15 to save)
It’s not an Autumn Equinox party without a steaming pot of soup, but finding a single recipe to please everyone is no easy task. Luckily, our whole team tested the best fall soups, and Ribollita was a fan favorite. It’s a very traditional Italian soup made with veggies, broth, beans, and bread. While it’s loaded with flavor, the ingredient list is really simple. It’s also vegetarian and dairy-free (if you omit the Parmesan), which helps immensely when you’re working around different dietary needs. Serve it along with a fall harvest salad and an extra loaf of crusty bread for dipping.
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Table Design & Styling: The Identité Collective | Photography: Madeline Harper
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