As the days get shorter and we move further into fall, the temps cool down, the fabrics we wear get heavier and autumnal colors brighten the landscape. When hosting a fall dinner party or gathering, I love to incorporate these elements into my designs.
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Collecting Items for Tablescapes
This tablescape idea was fairly easy to create using things I have. In this blog, I want to give you some ideas of how to decorate your home so you can shuffle things around and use them in other ways. So for example, the centerpiece I am using for this tablescape design, was created for display in my dining room. For a quick fall centerpiece that I didn’t have to spend a dime on, I just moved it to the outdoor dining table and voilà!
I also frequently use my fine china and everyday dishes when I host events because they are all neutral and can be dressed up or down. Because I don’t have a lot of storage space for dishwater beyond that, I prefer to work with what I already have and add the extras to get the seasonal vibe.
When I shop the big box stores like Homegoods, Marshalls, Pier1, etc., I try to pick things up on sale that I know I can use throughout the year. Like these galvanized steal chargers I found at Homegoods. I can use them anytime of year and they help make my Lenox feel a little more casual.
In addition to things like chargers, I also collect linen napkins. They can be found in the discount stores for a steal, so grab colors you like and want to decorate with. If you pick up a few staples, you can mix and match them for any season.
When I posted one of these photos on my Instagram and Facebook feeds, I was asked a few times about the pumpkins I used because they look like freshly baked bread. To those that mentioned it, thank you for that wonderful comment! I’m good…but I’m not that good! I’ve been collecting these pumpkins for my indoor decor the last few years from Morris County Farms. The funny thing is I didn’t even realize they looked like bread until you pointed it out to me! I just thought they coordinated well with the rust-colored roses and tablecloth!
Creating this Fall Tablescape
I usually leave my wood tables exposed, but for this tablescape idea, I wanted to create a warm, layered look. To start, I used a neutral off-white tablecloth. Since I wanted a layered look but don’t have any plaid tablecloths, I used this fall scarf that I had. Yes…that is a fall scarf that I wear and you can find a similar one here for under $15 (paid link).
When I had the table layers set, I added the centerpiece from my dining room and these two brass candlesticks that I picked up from Facebook Marketplace for like $3. They weren’t in the best shape so I spray painted them with this oil rubbed bronze paint (paid link).
For each table setting, I started with Pier1’s Cedar Branch Placemat that I use in almost every tablescape I create. You guys, I love these!!! Next, I decided to use my galvanized steel chargers to play off my centerpiece and dress down my Lenox. On top, I added a neutral Lenox dinner plate, folded linen napkin, Lenox salad plate and the Pumpkins I mentioned earlier.
As a final touch, I added my Lenox wine goblets. They add a casual elegance and I love how the gold rim plays off the pumpkins and plaid scarf.
What Do You Think?
Are you hosting any dinner parties this fall? I hope this tablescape idea inspires you to create something special for your guests! Don’t have much decor to work with? Consider purchasing a few staples that you can use in multiple seasons instead of only one.
How do you like to set your tables? Send me pics of your designs or let me know what you think in the comments here. And be sure to follow me @bricksnblooms on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram where I share lots of the behind-the-scenes of my home, garden and personal life.
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