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Nature Inspired Fall Tablescape

September 29, 2023

Fall Tablescape Al Fresco

Nature provides wonderful inspiration when designing a tablescape for fall. See how a cohesive place to enjoy dinner was created using oak leaf plates as a starting point.

FALL   |   Updated September 24, 2023

Oak Leaf Tablescape

Just because summer is over doesn't mean that it is time to stop entertaining and dining outdoors.

After months filled with really warm temperatures and high humidity, it can actually be more enjoyable to have dinner outside on the patio now that the fall weather is starting to set in.

Nature Inspired Fall Tablescape
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Whether it is a casual dinner or entertaining a large group, the goal should always be to keep it simple. And that is especially true when the meal will be served outdoors. There is no need to spend a lot of time setting up something elaborate when your focus should be spending time with those sitting around your table.

When the fall season is your inspiration, nature provides you with everything you need to decorate your home and your table. Organic elements like leaves and pumpkins paired with the color palette found outdoors provide an easy place to start if you need a few ideas.

Simple Fall Tablescape

A few years ago, I picked up these beautiful oak leaf plates at Pier1 Imports and I think they serve as a great focal point to design my tablesetting around. They've shown up in a tablescape here before, but serve as a good example of how different an entire table can look based on what you pair the focal point with.

The green and copper tones are a great color scheme to work with for an early fall dining experience. Autumnal decorating doesn't always have to be about bold reds, yellows, and oranges.

Oak Leaf Plates

It is always helpful to pick one item as a starting point when designing a tablescape and then all of your decisions can be made to enhance what you want to show off. In this case, the dinnerware inspired choices about my centerpiece, color palette, and what to pair with the dishes in terms of the chargers and flatware.

Fall tablescape

Drawing on the oak leaf theme, I put together a simple centerpiece of white taper candles, green oak leaves (also purchased from Pier1), berries, and a sprinkle of acorns gathered from alongside the road in my neighborhood.

Because the plates have the green leaves, I didn't want to introduce any other colors that would take away from them. Instead I embraced a relatively neutral look.

Fall centerpiece

The plates are resting on rustic wood chargers which enhance the natural look of the tablescape and reinforce the idea of a "tree" theme.

And I love how the copper colored silverware plays against the browns and oranges in the dishes.

Finally, the neutral colored tablecloth has a lot of texture to it which provides an interesting backdrop, yet also allows everything placed on top to shine.  Rather than competing with the elements, it enhances how everything looks together.

Nature Inspired Placesetting

I hope this post inspired you to set up a simple table outside this fall where you can enjoy dinner in the cooler air.  Look around your own home to find something that can serve as a jumping off point for creating a cohesive look with your dinnerware and centerpiece.

And remember to keep whatever you do simple allowing you to savor your time with friends and family.


Setting a fall table


Today I'm joining in with a group of friends sharing our ideas for creating fall tablescapes and inspiring you to create something on your own.  Be sure to visit a few of these bloggers who will no doubt give you plenty of suggestions for designing a special fall table at your own home/

A Burst of Beautiful | The Learner Observer | Home Made Lovely | The DIY Mommy

Finding Silver Pennies | Town and Country Living | Satori Design for Living | My Sweet Savannah

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