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Rustic Fall Tablescape Idea

Looking for fall table decor ideas? Wait until you see this rustic fall tablescape that uses a warm autumn color palette. Learn how to style a cozy table with my best tips below.

Since fall is on the way, that means it’s time to prepare to host at least one festive dinner party. Do you have one already scheduled?

The best way to make it feel warm, welcoming, and cozy is to set an amazing fall tablescape with a gorgeous centerpiece and beautiful place settings.

And with Thanksgiving approaching as well, I like to do a few dry runs to get the creative juices flowing and figure out what kind of fall tablescape I want to use. 

So in the spirit of hosting for all things fall and coming up with an amazing fall table decoration, I created a rustic, cozy, and casual tablescape inspired by what’s happening in my gardens.

Let’s bring the outdoors in with this fall garden-inspired tablescape where I’m layering lots of natural elements, beautiful textures, and cozy neutrals while pulling the colors from what’s happening outdoors. 

Wait until you see how easy this fall tablescape idea is to create!

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What Is a Rustic Tablescape?

When it comes to setting a rustic table, think organic elements with simplicity.

Grab some linen napkins, neutral plates, mason jars, and natural organic elements to set a beautiful rustic table.

How Do You Decorate a Table in Autumn?

The best way to set a table for fall is to design a beautiful fall centerpiece with cozy table settings for each guest.

With the temps getting chillier, creating lots of layers with table cloths, table runners, placemats, chargers, dinnerware, and table linens are a great place to start.

How Do I Make a Tablescape Beautiful?

To me, a beautiful table starts with an amazing centerpiece idea for the dining table.

Whether you go with live flowers and foliage or faux, make sure you create visual interest with an amazing centerpiece.

Rustic Fall Tablescape idea in a farmhouse dining room with black china cabinet and hutch
I am on the hunt for some lighting or architectural salvage piece to flank my hutch. Not quite sure what I am looking for yet, but will know it when I see it!

How Do You Make a Fall Centerpiece?

Making a fall centerpiece can be as easy or as complicated as you make it.

For a simple fall centerpiece idea for the dining table, go with one type of flowers or florals and tuck them in a unique or vintage vessel.

Of course, if you want to kick it up a notch or two, you can design a beautiful fall harvest centerpiece using fresh-cut flowers from your garden, florist, or market.

How to Make This Rustic Fall Tablescape Idea

After decorating for fall, I had some decor items left over that I used in this tablescape. Do you have extra fall decorations laying around that you can use?

If not, you can purchase some online here.

For this particular tablescape, I am inspired by my gorgeous centerpiece with rust-colored roses that you’ve probably seen in some of my recent blogs and social media shares. 

I LOVE this centerpiece and wanted to create a garden-style fall tablescape to coordinate with it.

Rustic Fall Centerpiece Idea with faux cabbage roses, rose hips and greens in a vintage lattice galvanized planter on a farmhouse table with black china cabinet and hutch

Creating Cozy Layers

When approaching any tablescape, it is important to consider whether you want to keep your table covered or exposed. Me, I love my wood dining room table because it looks rustic, worn, and has that farmhouse feel.

Since I love that casual feel and leaving my table exposed, I started this tablescape with a neutral table runner to soften the look of the wood and add some texture to the table.

On top of the runner, I layered my favorite wood candlesticks to flank my fall centerpiece.

Rustic fall tablescape table setting idea with cedar branch placemat, rattan charger, casual dinnerware, linen napkin, wood disc and autumn foliage

Setting the Table

When setting any table, it is important to layer each table setting so it has some life and does not look flat or boring.

Since I am creating a garden-inspired fall tablescape, I started with my favorite green cedar branch placemat. I bought these several years ago and have not been able to find them anywhere since.

If you’d like to replicate the look, try using boxwood wreaths instead.

As an aside, I just love how this placemat greens up each place setting and sets off the cozy layers!

Close up of cedar branch placemat

After placing the cedar branch placement, I added a dark brown rattan charger that I ordered from Amazon.

These chargers are a great deal because they come four in a pack and add a lot of texture to my table settings.

And I love how the charger’s color and texture bring out the details of my casual dishes.

close up of rattan charger on cedar branch placemat

With this rustic fall tablescape idea, I used my casual everyday dishes instead of my Lenox.

The detail on it is so pretty, it adds a casual vibe and I love how it pairs with the rest of my fall tablescape decor.

Rustic Fall Tablescape Idea with cedar branch placemat, rattan charger and neutral casual dinnerware

On top of the dinner plate, I added a gold textured linen napkin. I played around with a few different colored linens but ultimately settled on the textured neutral.

Adding linen napkin to rustic table decorations with cedar branch placemat, rattan charger, and causal dinnerware

Decorate Each Table Setting For Fall

To add another rustic element, I opted to use a wood disc I found from Etsy instead of a salad plate.

Since the wood discs are cut from real wood, this natural element helps make each place setting come alive.

They add a rustic texture with a cozy, casual, and elegant vibe.

Decorating the rustic table setting with a wood disc on cedar branch placemat, rattan charger, and casual dinnerware

On top of the disc, is a faux fall foliage sprig with twigs, leaves, acorns, and pinecones.

I had some of these faux sprigs leftover that I did not use in my decor and think they pair well with my centerpiece and hutch.

Fall Table Setting with cedar branch placemat, rattan charger, casual dinnerware, wood disc, linen napkin and faux fall sprig

Should I Use Fresh or Faux Natural Elements in a Fall Tablescape

Could you use more fresh, natural elements from your landscape on the table?

Absolutely!

But keep in mind that some natural elements, like leaves, dry out very quickly, so don’t add them until just before your guests arrive.

I learned this the hard way a few years ago when I pulled the best Oak Leaf Hydrangea leaves from my garden several hours before the event to use on the table.

They started drying up and curled about 45 minutes before guests arrived. So I had to go back out and quickly pull a few more that weren’t in as good a shape as the first batch.

Rustic Fall Tablescape Idea in farmhouse dining room with black china cabinet and hutch
rustic fall table decor ideas in farmhouse dining room with black china cabinet and hutch
Rustic Fall Tablescape Idea with cedar branch placemat, rattan chargers, tree branch discs, neutral linen napkins, buffalo check pillow, pillar candle on farmhouse table with cedar branch placemats and brilliant autumn faux greens and flowers

What Do You Think?

Are you hosting Thanksgiving or any dinner parties this fall?

I hope this fall tablescape idea inspires you to create something special for your guests.

I’m not sure whether I will use a rustic tablescape this year yet, but am working on another fall tablescape idea for next week’s blog. Stay tuned!

How do you like to set your tables?

Rustic Fall Tablescape Idea in farmhouse dining room with black china cabinet and hutch and vintage botanical prints

Looking for More Fall Table Decor Ideas?

Wait until you see these inspiring fall table decor and centerpiece ideas for the dining table.

Close up of blue and orange Easy Fall Centerpiece Idea using beautiful vintage vase with faux branches on a farmhouse table with blue plaid napkins in farmhouse dining room with black china cabinet and hutch

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This flower arrangement was made from my cut flower garden.how to set a cozy fall harvest table
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  1. You mentioned wanting a front porch but opting for other things at the time. When I look at those gorgeous curved stone steps, I see a corresponding white overhang over the front door to follow the exact half circle curve of the steps… with a pillar on each side holding up the overhang. All painted in white …. would give the feeling of a porch and add depth to the front of the house. Anyway , just a vision I imagine when viewing the steps. Love the pumpkins and fall mums. Absolutely fall, cozy goodness.