11/03 DIY Projects / Seasonal/Holiday

Fall Tablescape

Fall Tablescape

I ADORE beautiful and well-thought-out tablescapes, so I was really looking forward to creating one myself for this fall entertaining season.  The details really do make these celebrations even more special, but my “detailed” approach this time is a little different than most.  Let me take a moment to explain.

This is my current reality:  I don’t have any matching dinnerware sets, cloth napkins, napkin rings, matching flatware (mine are a mix of hand-me-downs), chargers, placemats, nada.  You could maybe say this happened out of my defiance to enter into “adulthood”, but the less exciting answer is that I have yet to justify having all those things since I’ve never hosted a formal dinner party.  My entertaining style up until this point has remained very casual, where paper plates and napkins have worked perfect enough for me (less dish-washing, hey!)

Despite all of that, I still want to join in on the tablescaping fun, and took this all as a challenge to show that it is more than possible to create something special if you are like me and lacking any or all of the same tablescape materials that I previously listed.  And if you do have all those things, then MAN they’d make amazing additions to the ideas I’ve got going on for my table ;).

Fall Tablescape 2So all the details I went into had everything to do with the decor down the middle of the table.  The beautiful table runner is from my boyfriend’s grandma, and everything on top is something I made or put together myself.

Fall Tablescape DetailsI placed mini white pumpkins and my copper striped pumpkins all along the runner, in between three floral arrangements that I arranged using flowers from my favorite florist, Trader Joe.

Fall Tablescape 5On each side of the floral centerpiece are my copper striped candle holders sitting on top of birchwood slices.  All in between everything, I laid down branches of seeded eucalyptus on the runner.

Fall Tablescape Flowers

Fall Tablescape 8The plates are looking a little empty, huh?  For that, I came up with a reeeaaally easy, simpler than simple place card that takes seconds to make.

Place Card CutAll I did was cut out a square from this black and white polka-dot paper and fold it in half.

Place Card NameThen on a small piece of white card stock, I wrote a guest’s name on it with pen and used double-sided tape to attach it to the center of one side of the polka dot paper.

Simple and easy DIY place card  Fuss-free, minimal, chic, the perfect little detail for a place setting.  For as small and simple as it is, it really does so much to add a finishing touch!

Here’s another major bonus, guys.

thanksgiving tablescape
This tablescape is a part of the Be Our Guest blog hop, meaning there are 24 other beautiful tablescapes for you to browse and find inspiration from!  Click around and check them all out at the following blogs:

My Fabuless LifeLive Laugh Rowe | Brepurposed
The Crafted Sparrow | Anderson & Grant | Julie Blanner | Shabby Creek Cottage
City Farmhouse | Eighteen25 | Love Grows Wild | A Night Owl Blog
Homey Oh My | Blooming Homestead | Delineate Your Dwelling | Primitive & Proper
Ella Claire Inspired | Design Dining & Diapers | The Golden Sycamore
Lolly Jane | Clean & Scentsible | Unskinny BoppyThistlewood Farms
At The Picket Fence | The 36th Avenue | Persia Lou

26 comments on “Fall Tablescape”

  1. Your table is beautiful Amy! I didn’t have matching plates for a long time either and you are right, when you do you somehow have more responsibility like oh…2 kids! Hahaha. I love the simplicity of your table and you always do an amazing job with flowers my friend. A skill I totally lack. Just plain beautiful! (And don’t worry, scotch looks great in the hand of a formal dinner party thrower too :)

  2. We have matching plates and that’s about it haha. Hence why I went with a single place setting for this tour ;) Your copper pumpkins pair so beautifully with those gorgeous flowers! And the little place cards are adorbs!

  3. You totally prove that you don’t NEED all those extras like chargers, matching fancy dishes, and expensive silverware. I actually prefer a mix and match of whatever you have to everything being all matchy. The simple white plates let your beautiful centerpiece really show itself off. Perfection!

  4. I ran across your blog from Julie Blanner’s site. I’m impressed with your Trader Joe arrangements! This tablescape is fitting not just for Thanksgiving but for any fall dinner event, and I’ll keep this in mind as the season draws closer. You did a marvelous job using what you had on hand.

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