Setting a Table for Fall

October 14, 2023

Learn how to plan a tablescape for fall entertaining.

FALL   |   Updated September 24, 2023

Fall is my favorite season for decorating and that includes setting a lovely table.

I enjoy using nice dishes and vintage silverware, and adding some special touches to make my guests feel like I've taken the time to make their evening enjoyable.

Setting a nice table is no different than decorating a home. You need a mixture of new and vintage, fancy and a bit more casual. You also need a mixture of colors, patterns, and textures.

I enjoy an eclectic mix of elements that all come together for a cohesive look.

For this tablescape, I was inspired by the colors of fall....brown, orange, and copper. You'll see those shades show up in various ways in the table setting.

I started the design with my tablecloth to ground the tablescape. It is a light neutral shade, but has a great textured pattern, almost like linen. This creamy color provides a backdrop and allows everything that is placed on top of the table to become the focus.

On top of that, there is a table runner made of a heavy felt and looks like cutout leaves. This provides an accent for the centerpiece to sit on as well as two of the place settings.

The dinnerware used on the table is a perfect example of mixing new with vintage. This leads to a design that looks inviting and intentional.

  • The brown glasses were purchased at Target and the copper colored chargers at Hobby Lobby.

  • The silverware, however, is antique silver that has been passed down in my family.

  • And the beautiful plates are old, but purchased at Goodwill for next to nothing. Brown transferware looks classic and works so well on a fall tablescape. Thrift stores are a fabulous place to pick up some dishes to be incorporated into a fancy table. Your plates don't even have to match as long as they all coordinate together.

Resting on the plate is a monogramed cloth napkin. I think this is one of those special touches I mentioned that shows you put a little effort into setting your table.

Resting on the napkin is a little faux pumpkin. I think favors like this are a nice decorative element for those of us who enjoy that sort of thing...those that don't enjoy these touches will just have to go along with it!

The focal point of the table is my centerpiece. I used a reproduction wooden dough bowl and filled it with an orange berry garland, a few fall leaves, and some cream colored pumpkins.

I love that it fills the center of the table, but is low enough that it doesn't interfere with conversation across the table. That is important for anything you put in the middle of your tablescape.

Everything I used to set this table was something that I already had around the house. Some of the things like the dough bowl and plates aren't even actual fall items, but that doesn't mean they can't be added to the mix.

When you are setting a table, look around your house and see what you can use in an unexpected way. Mix and match your dishes. Add some nice cloth napkins. Find a showpiece to set in the center of the table. Light some candles.

The goal of a beautiful tablescape is to make sitting at your table enjoyable and special for you and your guests.

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