Style a beautiful fall table by adding the best of the season’s organics. Pumpkins, mums, foraged items from a brisk fall walk, and more. Now is the time to set a fall-inspired table with over 100 ideas to help you.
Right now is the perfect time to set a beautiful fall table! The elements we can use are rich, warm, and so welcoming. I have lots of ideas that are very easy to incorporate on your own table. Make it simple or formal or somewhere in between… just set one! Let’s set an amazing fall tablescape!
When possible, the original items are shown below. When they are not in stock, or I cannot find them, similar items are substituted.
One of the greatest little pleasures in life, for me, is setting a beautiful table! I love to take my time and set it in advance. It is a lovely creative endeavor! And setting a fall table should be on your fall bucket list.
Get those dishes and other tableware items out of the cupboards and set a beautiful fall table!
Tartan And Decorative Throws
What could be prettier than using a tartan throw as a tablecloth for a fall table! A tartan will automatically set the mood and give you a beautiful color palette to work with.
If you don’t have a tartan, throw in the colors you like, use a pashmina or a decorative plaid throw! What we really want to put down on our table is something rich and warm and filled with seasonal colors. Creative, right?
You can see my Ancient Buchanan Car Rug (Throw) HERE.
How about using these things as a tablecloth or runner…
- fall colored scarf
- brown paper
- old curtains
- vintage linen
Fall Inspired Dishware
You don’t need a whole set of fall dishes to create a handsome fall table. Just a set of fall-inspired bowls or salad plates will work! That little nod to fall will set the mood for the entire table!
And you don’t have to spend a lot of $$$ on them either! My favorite haunts for finding great seasonal dishes are HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Kirkland’s, Pier 1, and Wayfair!
My one caution would be, don’t get too cutesy! So many plates with fall motifs look juvenile and quirky. Stay away from those if you want to set a more elegant, put-together table.
If you have a great source for seasonal dishes, please tell us about it in the comments.
My favorite fall-inspired dishes are…
- turkey plates
- leaf bowls
- acorn salad plates
- pumpkin dessert plates
- wooden dishes
- brown transferware
- big fall platters
Stack Fall Colored Dishes
If collecting leaf dishes and acorn plates is not your thing, then how about collecting dishes that lend themselves to fall colors. Try using dishes in beautiful fall color combinations! Then use fall elements around them, and you will have a luscious fall-looking table.
I think mixing blue and white with orange can make a fall table look very sophisticated. Give it a try! That’s one of my best fall design tricks!
I have a set of square rust-colored dinner plates I picked up at Pier 1 years ago and use them every fall!
Here are some other color ideas for getting a rich fall look…
- black and white check with green
- brown and cream
- all white with one burnt orange dish
- turquoise, brown, and white
- mustard yellow, deep aqua, and black
- gold, olive green, and gray
Pumpkins are nature’s perfect fall table element! They are quintessentially fall. Use them… and use them liberally on a fall table!
I go a little bit heavy-handed when it comes to fall tables and pumpkins! I adore pumpkins, and this is the time of year I let them shine!
All shapes and sizes will work together on a table. Most of the time, I use the same color pumpkin on the fall tables I set.
Here are a few ways to use pumpkins on a table…
- at each place setting as name tags
- at each place setting on top of a stack of plates or in a bowl or cup,
- rolled across the length of the table as a centerpiece
- perched on top of candlesticks
- hollowed out and used as candleholders
- hollowed out with a small floral arrangement in them
Fall chargers should be very textural and organic! This time of year is perfect for woven willow chargers or anything natural! What a gorgeous way to add layers of design and visual depth!
One question I often get concerning chargers is, “What do you do with them when dinner is served.”
Great question! I usually whisk away all the dinner plates after we sit and have a glass of wine at the table. Then put the dishes on the buffet when a meal is self-serve or use the dishes without the chargers when I serve my guests each course. If the charger is really a placemat, I leave it on the table.
If the charger is really a placemat, I leave it on the table, but if it acts as a true charger, use the solution above.
Other fall chargers…
- log slices
- grapevine wreaths
- big faux fall leaves
- burlap placemats
- brown paper cut into rectangles with fall drawings going down one side
Fall elements should be the stars of a seasonal tablescape! There is a bounty to pick from!
The napkin rings above were made from a section of a toilet paper roll covered in burlap, and the flower was made from the top of an acorn and pinecone arms. You can see this very easy DIY HERE.
Things like fall-inspired candle rings can be used in so many different ways, and not only in your kitchen.
Real fall leaves look great for a few hours, but then they start to roll and get dry-looking quickly. So cut them and bring them in just before you use them on your table! They should look pretty for the duration of your gathering.
How about these beautiful fall elements for your table…
- flowering cabbage and kale
- pheasant feathers
- dried hydrangeas
- evergreen boughs
- candy corn
Candles And Lanterns
Load up on candles and lanterns when setting a fall table. The evenings are growing shorter, and candleglow is always a better option than indoor lighting.
I like to use different candlesticks and holders on my table but all the same color candles. You can use different sizes of candles, but make sure they are all the same color.
Also, don’t be afraid to add a few candlesticks to the table that don’t have candles in them. They become creative perches for mini pumpkins or a small nest filled with acorns.
A big grouping of candles running down the center of a table creates an almost magical mood!
Try using these on your table…
- chunky wooden candlesticks
- glass hurricane covers
- mercury glass candlesticks
- old silverplate candlesticks
- all glass candlesticks
- lanterns with tiny battery-operated strings of lights in them
Talk about options! I think my very favorite centerpiece for a fall table is pumpkins!
They can certainly work all by themselves, but gild the lily a little and add greens, acorns, pinecones, and other fall things along with them!
For me, a dough bowl is a must for fall. It’s organic and oozing with texture and warmth. Fill your table up cornucopia style, and it will pay homage to the bounty of the season. What could be prettier?
I know there are all kinds of “rules” about centerpieces, and many are very practical. I mostly follow them for the comfort of my guests. Just make sure your guests can either see over or see through your centerpieces.
Wouldn’t these make a smashing harvest centerpiece…
- dough bowl filled with seasonal items
- pumpkins and candles down the center of the table
- a wood toolbox filled with fall bounty
- wood slices with fall elements perched on them
- mums in white pottery
- large carved-out pumpkin with flowers in it
- crock of any fall flower
- whitewashed terracotta pots with white pumpkins and seeded eucalyptus
- long wooden breadboard with pumpkins and other fall things
- glass cylinders filled with nuts or popcorn kernels topped with candles
- cake plates with candles and fall elements
- Fall-inspired vignette in a basket
- burlap runner with bowls of pears or apples or mini pumpkins
- chippy vintage shutter in the center of the table topped with pumpkins
Is it just me, or do many magazines and blogs shy away from using mums on a table? Are there mum haters out there? I think mums are not very photogenic. And here’s why… they don’t photograph well on their own. They usually need a supporting cast to work along with them!
When thinking about using mums as a centerpiece (and I hope you do), take them out of those dreadful black plastic pots and put them in something else. Add ornamental peppers or flowering cabbage, or even asparagus ferns along with them.
And wedge in a few tiny pumpkins, acorns, pinecones, or faux leaves around the soil level. Ah, then your mum will be centerpiece-ready!
Another mum option I use often is to cut the mums right off the plant and stick them in tiny containers to be used at each place setting. So sweet!
My raised bed gardens are still producing lots of flowers through mid-October, weather permitting. Zinnias, marigolds, salvia, and mums are just a few! I cut them almost every day and bring them in to grace tables, nightstands, and bathroom sinks.
I also love using my heartier herbs, like sage, rosemary, and parsley, in little vases or bottles on a fall table. They smell heavenly!
A sprig of rosemary is a simplistic beauty when it is laid on top of a napkin, and it is all tied together with twine!
Other flowers and live greens to use…
- flowering kale
- Chinese lanterns
- seeded eucalyptus (from the florist)
- ornamental peppers
- Russian sage
- flowering cabbage
Make sure you put setting a beautiful fall table on your must-do list for fall this year. Get inspired and be creative. And set that fall table!