Summertime might have a rep for being the most entertaining-friendly season, but if we’re honest, our favorite time to host friends is fall. There’s something irresistible about cozying up with your best buds over a cup of pumpkin spice coffee or treating your crew to a candlelit dinner party. Not to mention the all-out bash that is Friendsgiving. Seems we’re not alone in preferring the cooler months for get-togethers at home: Christine Andrew ofHello Fashion is a pro at setting a gorgeous table to welcome the fall season with friends. If you’re thinking of sending out invites to your own soiree, you’ll want to read up on her style tips below.

1. Mix your metals. The old rule for table settings was that everything had to be matchy-matchy, but not anymore. This conventional wisdom has fallen by the wayside now in favor of more bohemian, eclectic table settings. “I can never decide between gold and the coppery/bronze tones, so I’m always excited when I can tie in both metals,” says Andrew.

2. Go green. “Nothing screams fall more than pumpkins… however, this year, I’m adding a bit of greenery to each place setting to spice up the tablescape,” explains Andrew. “The contrast between the rich fall tones and natural green will give it an unexpected (but super chic!) pop of color you never knew it needed.” We love how the freshness of bright green can take a typical fall color scheme from tired to totally new.

3. Start with the classics. “White is ALWAYS in,” says Andrew. “As much as I love to embrace all that fall has to offer with its beautiful warm colors, white is timeless and always classy.” Starting with a set of classic white dishes isn’t just a sophisticated way to set the tone of your table, it’s also a huge versatility hack — just change out the accessories seasonally and you’ll be able to rely on your classic white china year after year. Picking a clean, crisp palette is also a money-saver. “If you’re on a budget, paint some pumpkins white and grab some different sized white candles for the perfect elevated look,” Andrew suggests.

4. Layer in color. Mix in unexpected hues to keep the fall palette feeling exciting. “Say goodbye to last year’s soft shades of rose gold and hello to yellow and neons this fall,” says Andrew. “Brighten your tablescape with hints of beautifully bright and bold yellow. From napkins and candles to fresh florals, these vibrant accents will liven up your spread and immediately catch your guests’ eyes when they walk into your home.”

5. Texture *makes* the table. This is one you don’t want to overlook. “Adding a variety of textures into your home is oftentimes the perfect recipe for creating a space that is both compelling and comfortable,” advises Andrew. “From draping faux fur atop your dining room chairs, to throwing feathers into your centerpieces and velvet pillows on your couch, it’s all about incorporating different textures to help your guests feel cozy for fall.” We’re definitely stealing that faux-fur throw tip, BTW.

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