Settling back into your routine as the crazy (and care-free) days of summer come to an end? You'll likely be logging more time at home on weekends, which leaves some spare time to plan a party to usher in fall in the company of friends. We're big fans of a casual get-together complete with seasonal cocktails and a killer cheese plate, but seeing that we've spent much of our hard-earned savings on summer vacation and weekends away at the beach, we're invested in throwing an elegant affair—on the cheap.
Fortunately, there are plenty of affordable yet chic party essentials that won't blow your budget but will enhance the atmosphere for a sophisticated soirée. From gilded tableware to the perfect centerpiece, we've got all the seasonally inspired items that look rich but won't cost you. Shop our favorite cheap thrills for fall entertaining below.
Small gilded side plates provide a rich look for your place setting and are the perfect size for appetizers or dessert, if you decide to forgo a full meal.
Save your surfaces from water rings with these gorgeous, sturdy agate coasters, which make for a chic accompaniment to any cocktail.
A set of uniform cheese knives brings the appetizer station up a notch and gives your cheese plate a clean and upscale look without the cost.
Not only do these marble servers look cool, but they stay chilled to keep your cheese spread fresher for longer. They also add a fun geometric design to an assorted appetizer station.
A party with cloth cocktail napkins is a classy affair. These high-end linens cost so little but add so much elegance.
These mini porcelain bowls can be used for snacking, as planters, or even just as a trinket. They may be small, but they bring a big element of style to the table.
Give your space a glow with this gorgeous ceramic votive with a seasonally scented candle included.
Scatter a few mini terrariums filled with succulents as your centerpieces for the dining or coffee table to provide an aesthetically pleasing focal point for party-goers.
Gilded straws up the ante of any boring old beverage and make for a fun cocktail accessory on the cheap.
These natural wood place card holders are not only practical for organizing your guests at the table, but they also serve as a nice piece of décor to add to the tablescape.
Introducing a charger plate into a place setting always gives your gathering an extra-special feel, especially a wicker one, which adds a casual elegance to your affair.
Will you be entertaining this fall? Which affordable essential is your favorite?