Fall, glorious fall! Oh how I love to celebrate thee! I promised you that I would be sharing a traditional Fall tablescape soon and today is that happy day! I am proud to present to you my Autumn Splendor table, full of ideas to help you create a Fall tablescape of your dreams! Please prepare for a photo heavy post. I took over 300 pics (don’t worry I’m not sharing that many!) so it was hard to narrow it down… There is so much inspiration to be found everywhere during this golden time of year, from grocery store produce aisles to road side fruit stands, not to mention the glorious foliage itself bursting with color everywhere we look – it’s a dazzling season! Let’s dive in, shall we?
As you may recall, I’ve had a lot of fun with some non-traditional tables this season like this Blue & White pumpkin tablescape or this Cream & Gold Pumpkin tablescape. For this Fall table though I wanted to go really traditional with rich oranges, rusts, mossy greens, and warm wood tones. I wanted to create a table that would beckon you to linger and drink in the splendid bounty that is only glimpsed for a far to brief few weeks this time of year.
Of course I had to have a pumpkin centerpiece, there really was never any doubt that that would happen in my mind and I have to tell you this is the simplest centerpiece e-v-e-r! Truly. A cake plate/pedestal, a pumpkin and a few fallen leaves picked up from the yard with a handful of moss and one leftover flower… set the pumpkin on the stand, tuck a few bits of moss around the base, add a leaf or two and a bloom here or there and your done. NO SPECIAL SKILLS REQUIRED 🙂
It does help though if the pedestal is particularly lovely. This one belongs to my mom, I believe it was from the Southern Living entertaining collection many years ago.
While I had the moss out I added a teeny bit of it to the tops of the candlesticks, this accomplished two things for me: 1) It softened the formality of the brass candlesticks helping it feel a bit more relaxed, and 2) the moss acts as a perfect wax drip catcher helping protect my table linens from being attacked!
The flowers are a delightful hodgepodge of items. There are a few grocery store flower finds (the orange firecracker looking blooms and the mums), plus a few Hydrangeas clipped from my parent’s garden (remember the Blue & White Hydrangea table we enjoyed in their garden? These are from those bushes.), as well as some mini pumpkins, pears, and other gourds. I tucked the flowers into old wooden boxes.
I love how this little pumpkin is just barely peeking out, arrangements like this make me smile because they are like secret gardens inviting you to explore them and find the hidden delights within — a fun conversation starter at a meal!
These green and orange pumpkins flank the centerpiece at each end, anchoring it. The flowers are so lush they look ready to meander right over the edge unless stopped, these pumpkins are like floral guards 🙂
On the opposite end I tucked in this metal fox (found at Target) to help stand guard. Foxes are the owls of this season and we have been enjoying finding new ones to add to our collection!
For the placesetting I recalled this table runner that my mom and I made for her dining room many, many years ago. I think the fabric is by either Waverly or Ralph Lauren, but it is over ten years old and honestly I can’t be sure who the maker is, but I knew it was just what I needed to make this table come together. I laid the runners over the table to be placemats instead of running along the table. It adds a nice visual energy this way I think.
On top I added the wooden scalloped chargers I found at Michaels craft store earlier this season. Next I layered on these Pioneer Woman Paige Crackle Glaze Plates in Amber found at Walmart. I am a huge fan of these dishes! I seem to be slowly but surely getting at least four in every color…
These “Manchester” glasses by Anchor Hocking are also from Walmart.
The linen napkin with the moss green velvet trim is from Pier 1 a couple seasons back. I always try to buy timeless staples like these because I know they will serve me well for many years to come and not look too dated or trendy. The leaf napkin rings were an antique store find but I’ve seen many similar ones on Amazon including these beauties! (affiliate link)
I am really proud of how the table came together. A lot goes into to creating these tables for you but it’s a labor of love. Ultimately it’s my hope that you like it and find a few ideas to try on your own table this season. If the entire thing feels like too much for you, no worries, grab an element that resonates most with you and add that one.