Looking for ways to set a cozy table for fall? Learn how to set a cozy fall harvest table with these simple tips.

If you love to entertain family and friends as much as I do, you’ll enjoy these table decorating ideas for autumn.

Whether it’s friends or family, I love to dress up my table to make it feel more cozy and inviting for them.

And fall is a great time to entertain too, am I right?

It’s just before the holidays.

Everyone is back from summer vacation.

The weather is a bit cooler.

And what could be better than a delicious meal with loved ones among the soft glow of candles and cozy mood lighting?

Today, I’m sharing table setting ideas for a breathtaking fall harvest table that will leave your guests in awe.

From organic, earthy decor to mouthwatering recipes, this post has you covered.

Create a cozy and beautiful beautiful dining experience this fall with these simple tips.

(Posts on stacyling.com may contain affiliate links. Click HERE for full disclosure.)

Click here to shop my vintage farmhouse with close up of the front porch with flowers

Fall Harvest Supper Club Party

It’s my favorite week of the month when my supper club gets together and shares some beautiful table decor and entertaining menu ideas.

This month, my friends and I are hosting a cozy fall harvest dinner party. I shared the menu that features my favorite pumpkin spice cocktail here.

Have you been following along?

If you are coming from Rachel’s at the Ponds Farmhouse, welcome to our cozy fall harvest dinner party!

beautiful fall harvest dinner table set outdoors on a farmhouse table with fresh cut flowers centerpiece and pumpkins

Fall Harvest Dinner Party Ideas

A fall harvest dinner party is a social gathering or event held during the autumn season, typically in September, October, or November, to celebrate the bounty of the harvest.

It’s a festive occasion where friends, family, or community members come together to enjoy a meal made with seasonal ingredients that are at their peak during the fall months.

Some things you’ll typically find at an autumn harvest party include:

Seasonal Decor

The party is typically decorated with elements that reflect the colors and themes of autumn, such as pumpkins, gourds, leaves, hay bales, and cornstalks.

I like to spruce up my home with fall decor with things I foraged outdoors together with my faux collection of stems and flowers.

Table settings may include rustic or vintage tableware and centerpieces made from seasonal flowers or foliage.

I like to draw my inspiration from what’s going on outside and then decorate my table for the party.

small cottage garden in fall with sedum autumn joy and black eyed susan and celosia and snapdragons

Seasonal Menu

The menu for a fall harvest dinner party features dishes made with ingredients that are in season during the fall.

Common ingredients include apples, pears, squash, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cranberries, and various herbs.

Here are some menu ideas for a fall harvest party.

close up of creamy pumpkin soup recipe in Hearth and Hand blue stoneware bowl with toppings of chopped bacon, sour cream and parsley

Outdoor or Indoor Setting

Depending on the weather and available space, fall harvest dinner parties can be held indoors or outdoors.

Outdoor gatherings might take place in a garden room, on a patio, on a deck, or in a backyard, making use of the natural beauty of the season.

Bonfire or Fire Pit

Many fall harvest parties include a bonfire or fire pit, which not only adds warmth but also provides a cozy and rustic ambiance. Guests can gather around the fire to socialize and enjoy the crisp autumn air.

close up of new firepit by the front pond with bridge
Front pond with fountain and firepit in August at sunset

Seasonal Drinks

Beverages often include seasonal choices like mulled cider, spiced wine, pumpkin-flavored cocktails, or hot chocolate with marshmallows. These drinks help set the mood and keep guests warm.

One of my favorite cocktails for fall is this pumpkin spice fall cocktail. It is a creamy and delicious delight that will knock your socks off.

close up of The Best Pumpkin Spice Fall Cocktail
Bricks ‘n Blooms

Activities

Depending on the host’s preferences and the size of the gathering, various activities may be incorporated into the event, such as pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, cornhole, or hayrides.

That might be a little much for a dinner party, but you depending on your invite list, you may want to include some things to do besides dining.

Fall-Themed Desserts

Desserts at a fall harvest dinner party can be centered around seasonal flavors like apple, cinnamon, pumpkin, and pecan. Options may include apple pie, pumpkin pie, caramel apples, or pecan tarts.

I’m a huge fan of apple crisp in the fall because it’s incredibly easy to make and tastes so good in autumn!

Close up of Apple Crisp Easy Recipe
The Best Apple Crisp Easy Recipe

Cozy Atmosphere

Part of the charm of a fall harvest dinner party is creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

If you are hosting outdoors, it’s a good idea to offer cozy blankets, cushions, outdoor heaters, and soft lighting.

How to Set a Cozy Fall Harvest Dinner Table

I am so excited to host a fall harvest dinner party for supper club. As the leaves change color and the air gets crisper, it’s the perfect time to host one.

And let’s be real, setting the table is where you can really get creative and set the mood for your gathering.

Because the weather here is perfect for a few more outdoor dinner parties, we are throwing this dinner party on the deck.

So, grab your pumpkins and plaid napkins because we’re about to dive into how to set the coziest fall harvest table ever.

other front porch in fall with rudbeckia and pumpkins with sedum autumn joy and mustard colored front door with two fall wreaths

Choose an Autumn Color Palette

First things first, let’s talk color palette. Think warm and earthy. Opt for rustic, muted tones like deep oranges, rich browns, and golden yellows.

But if your landscapes have pinks and purples like mine does? Go with it!

When choosing an autumn color palette for my table, I’m often inspired by what’s happening in my gardens. So you basically want your table to look like it’s straight out of a picturesque autumn landscape.

Even if you don’t have expansive gardens like me, look to nature and pull colors that speak to you.

It’s amazing how the colors outside can inspire what we do inside.

For this tablescape, I opted to go with autumn pinks. My deck still has some flowering annuals that include pink supertunia flowers and begonias.

And the dahlias, zinnias, hydrangea, and sedum autumn joy flowers are just speaking to me right now!

How to Set a Cozy Fall Harvest Table with fresh cut flowers from my garden that include zinnias, dahlias, hydrangeas and sedum autumn joy

Bring the Outdoors in For the Prettiest Fall Harvest Table

Setting a table that reflects the season includes bringing those outdoor elements to the table.

Look around your landscape and see what you can add to your tablescape. From fall garden flowers to ornamental grass fronds to falling leaves, there is much to bring indoors from nature.

And the best part?

It doesn’t cost a dime! So start foraging!

gorgeous fall harvest table centerpiece for the dining table with fresh fall garden flowers on a farmhouse table

Make a Centerpiece for the Dining Table

And speaking of bringing the outdoors in, what better way than to incorporate those elements in a gorgeous centerpiece?

You guys know how much I love my centerpieces, right?

While I love to decorate a rustic table with this vintage toolbox and beautiful faux flowers, I’ve got lots of incredible blooms left in the garden so I’m cutting those.

My cutting garden has produced so many this year, that I’m thrilled to still be able to make arrangements.

So my cut flower garden is the inspiration for my centerpiece.

Whether you choose to work with real or faux flowers, use what you love and what works for you in your autumn tablescape.

Here are a few more fall centerpiece ideas to get you inspired!

setting a fall harvest table on the deck under the gazebo with farmhouse table, garden flowers, centerpiece, tableware, dinnerware, outdoor area rug and farmhosue table

As an aside, if you want to learn how to make this centerpiece for yourself, watch the video below!

I shared how to make it from cutting flowers in the garden to showing you how to arrange them in a vessel.

Whether you cut from your own garden or buy fresh flowers from the market, you can totally make this!

YouTube video

Break Out Those Special Occasion Dishes

Do you know that fine china you were gifted at your wedding or was passed down from a relative?

It’s time to break them out of storage and use them!

What’s the point of having pretty things that we keep in storage and never use?

I try to use my Lenox as often as possible when we entertain. The dinnerware is beautiful and it literally goes with ANYTHING! You can dress it up or down.

The only limits we have the are ones we place on ourselves keeping us from using our things because we think they are too special.

But every day, every occasion is special.

So use the dishes!

cozy fall harvest table set with dinnerware, green linen napkins, rattan chargers, faux pumpkins and fresh flowers centerpiece for the dining table
How to Set a Cozy Fall Harvest Table with fresh flowers centerpiece idea for the farmhouse table, dinnerware, rattan chargers, green linen napkins and vintage glassware

Add Some Pretty Table Linens

I know it’s sometimes easier to use paper napkins, but break out the linens. There are so many beautiful and inexpensive options out there.

They are eco-friendly. And using fabric table linens ups your tablescaping game.

Add Pumpkins, Gourds, and More

Whether you add pumpkins, gourds and berries to your centerpiece or each individual table setting, be sure to include them in your fall harvest table.

close up of faux pumpkins on a fall harvest table with burning taper candles in vintage candle holders
close up of fall harvest table with pumpkins and fresh cut flowers and candles on a farmhouse table on the deck under a gazebo.

Make a Fall-Inspired Menu

I know we are focusing on the fall harvest table, but a great menu is just as important!

Choose dishes that include flavors of the season like pumpkin, butternut squash and harvest spices.

Don’t Forget the Candles!

And last but not least, add lots of mood lighting.

Nothing says cozy more than some dimly lit candles both on the table and around the room.

As daylight wanes in the fall, add some warm and cozy ambiance with candles. Whether you prefer tea lights in mason jars, pillar candles in hurricane vases, or elegant taper candles, they’ll all add that magical glow to your table.

I LOVE THESE gorgeous candlesticks and they were a steal!!!!

beautiful and cozy fall harvest table set for a dinner party outside under a gazebo with fresh flowers centerpiece for the dining table and beautiful fall table decor

Overall, a fall harvest dinner party is a wonderful way to celebrate the beauty of the autumn season, enjoy delicious food, and spend quality time with loved ones while embracing the spirit of gratitude for the harvest’s abundance.

And that’s it!!!

Next up, is Anne and AnnMarie from Simply 2 Moms who will be sharing more fall harvest table tips and decor ideas.

cozy fall harvest table for an autumn dinner party with candlelights and stringlights on the deck under the gazebo with outdoor area rug, farmhouse table, fresh flowers centerpiece and autumn table decor

More About Setting a Fall Harvest Table

Do you have any fall dinner party plans this year? Will you be hosting or attending? Do you have any other fall harvest tablesetting ideas you would? I would love to know more in the comments below.

And don’t miss joining my Gardening DIY and Decorating Community on Facebook for more chatter. And follow along there and on Instagram as well. There are behind-the-scenes daily things that I share on Instagram that don’t make it to the blog. Would love to see you there too!

If you prefer to binge-watch Bricks ’n Blooms on TV, we go more in-depth with tours and posts on my YouTube channel. Would love to hang out with you there!

And… If you’re catching up on blog posts you may have missed, be sure to sign-up to get my newest posts via email to stay up to date with everything that’s happening here on the blog and more.

Want to Learn What You Need to Set a Beautiful Table?

Click here to get my FREE GUIDE that tells you everything you need to set a gorgeous table!

Welcome friends and family to a cozy dining table with this must-have list of tabletop decor that you’ll use over and over again.

This flower arrangement was made from my cut flower garden.how to set a cozy fall harvest table
Bricks ‘n Blooms

Follow the Rest of the Fall Harvest Supper Club Tour

My friends have some amazing tips, tricks, and fall harvest dinner party ideas that you’ve got to see!

So be sure to check each one out by clicking on the photo with blog name below.

Looking for More Supper Club Ideas?

Our supper club has been so much fun and we’ve covered so much over the last year.

Whether you are in a supper club or just want some dinner party theme inspiration, check out the themes we’ve hosted before.

And click here if you want to learn how to organize and host your own supper club. They are so fun to do and provide a great reason to gather regularly with family and friends.

Sign Me Up!

Sign up for my free newsletter to get blog posts, seasonal tips, recipes, and more delivered straight to your inbox!

Plus, get free VIP access to my Resource Library where you’ll find insider freebies not readily available to the public.

Pin and Save It For Later

How to Set a Cozy Fall Harvest Table with pumpkins and fresh flowers
Cozy fall harvest table decor ideas with pumpkins and fresh flowers
Vibrant Yellow flowers of rudbeckia (black eyed susans)

How to Grow Black-Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia): A Beginner’s Guide to Sunny Blooms

Learn how to grow black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia) with this beginner-friendly guide. Discover easy tips for planting, care, and enjoying these sunny blooms in your garden. One of my favorite easy-care perennials to grow is rudbeckia. This flower, also known as black-eyed Susan, is a must-have for any garden. It is easy to grow and care…
Read More How to Grow Black-Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia): A Beginner’s Guide to Sunny Blooms
A white stone Buddha statue sits in a meditative pose among lush green plants and colorful flowers in an outdoor garden. The background features a stone wall and green lattice fence, with the statue surrounded by several terracotta pots with blooming flowers.

Bricks ‘n Blooms Weekly 184

Hi there! I hope you had a great week! Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms What a week it was! I had an amazing Mother’s Day weekend with my family. We shopped for a statue to add to the zen garden, went out to lunch, and bought more koi fish for…
Read More Bricks ‘n Blooms Weekly 184

Thank you so much for following along.

Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

Stacy Ling

Want to learn more about me? I’m a master gardener who’s been gardening and growing things for over 25 years and author of the best-selling book, The Bricks ‘n Blooms Guide to a Beautiful and Easy-Care Flower Garden. Get the inside scoop about my background as a master gardener, education, and experience, as well as why I started blogging here.

stacy ling cutting dahlias in her garden

If you like this post, please follow me @bricksnblooms on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel. Or join my Facebook Group.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

33 Comments

  1. Pingback: Simple Tips For Styling A Cozy Backyard Harvest Picnic This Fall - Midwest Life and Style Blog
  2. Pingback: Table Decor Ideas for Fall using DIY, Vintage & New Tableware
  3. Pingback: How to Create a Beautiful Fall Tablescape – Simply2moms
  4. Pingback: How To Create a Woodsy Tablescape for Fall - Vintage Home Designs
    1. Thank you so much Michele! I really appreciate that! And I’m looking forward to making your dish! it sounds so good!!!

  5. Your table is absolutely stunning, Stacy! I love the combination of the pretty pinks and reds! Can’t wait to see your drink recipe on Saturday.

    Pinned!

  6. Pingback: The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Fresh Cut Hydrangeas from Drooping - Stacy Ling
  7. Your tablescape is gorgeous! Especially that beautiful floral arrangement. I love it. Hugs and blessings to you.

  8. Stacy – Your centerpiece is amazing! It’s so much fun when you can have a free arrangement from your yard! Nobody does it better than you!

  9. Stacy between the candles and the stunning flowers I was smitten! You have a gift for setting a beautiful table. Thank you for sharing that gift with us! Pinned!