Are you planning a casual dinner with a few friends or are you preparing to host your large family for a Thanksgiving feast? I have two Autumn tablescape ideas that will beautifully transform your dining table into a warm and festive stage over which you can spend a wonderful evening with those you love the most.
Intimate Fall Tablescape
My first tablescape idea, shown below on our Granby Barnwood Round Dining Table, is best suited for a smaller, more intimate gathering, however, you could adapt it for a larger table with only a few simple elements.
Let’s begin with the outside of the table and work our way in. For the base of each table setting, I used a cotton placemat with frayed edges in a worn pumpkin color to really up the cozy factor.
Next, I layered a cream plate with a terracotta soup bowl. Each bowl is then topped with a linen napkin in a pretty fall stripe pattern in complementary colors.
As for the cutlery, I went with a brushed gold tone and I added some simple clear glass tumblers for whichever type of beverage you and your guests fancy.
The pièce de resistance of this table is, without a doubt, the centerpiece. This centerpiece is truly Autumn in all of her glory.
Inside a rustic cream-colored dough bowl, I artfully arranged various bits of fall foliage along with some berries, wheat, pinecones, and a few textured pumpkins and leaves. Nestled at the core of our centerpiece, is a luminaire style candle within a glass hurricane to add warmth and a little bit of sparkle. To pull the centerpiece outward and bring it all together, I set either a pinecone or a pumpkin atop each napkin.
Thanksgiving Tablescape Inspiration
The second tablescape I designed is perfectly fitted for a fall feast.
Because there are quite a few place settings for this tablescape, I kept things simple but sophisticated.
For the centerpiece, I chose a cream table runner with caramel trim. Down the center of the runner, I alternated brass candlesticks with wheat-colored tapers and cream ceramic vases each filled with dual-toned autumn berries.
To keep things clutter-free, I chose to skip both placemats and chargers for this tablescape and just began each place setting with a simple cream-colored plate. I brought in some beautiful rust-toned linen napkins and topped each setting with a sprig of wheat.
As for utensils, I went with some gorgeous rose gold silverware and added a clear glass tumbler with a decorative gourd. (These gourds are not for consumption so I would highly recommend removing them before you fill your glass with the beverage of your choice!)
To finish things off with a fun, personalized touch, I added a little pinecone place card to each setting.
I hope that this post inspires you when you’re thinking of decorating your own table this fall, but remember that no matter how you are decorated, “The Fondest Memories Are Made When Gathered Around the Table” and THAT is what is most important.