Today’s DIY will create a beautiful Fall Table Decor that will impress everyone (including you)!
Yes, you are going to make this beautiful fall table decor right in your own home. Adjusting for your table set and dining room, everything else is going to be explained in easy 1-2-3 steps. Your guests will feel oh-so-special when they see the effort you went to create this enchanting atmosphere for them.
Truth be told, I set this up for this blog. I wasn’t having a dinner party or family feast. Mistakes happen … mine was sending out some quick text photos to my family. They suddenly got super excited to have Thanksgiving at our house. Yeah, no not this year. Although my daughter’s Friendsgiving might look mighty close to this (if her friends are nice to me)!
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Let’s start with your shopping list
I got almost everything you see here from Michaels and Target. For the few exceptions that I used from my own stash, I’ve found great options for you to get below. It goes without saying (although I’m typing it) that you should definitely substitute anything you already have at home. Let’s be thrifty. #ChristmasisComing lol
If you want to see these products by picture, click HERE to jump down to the bottom of the page.
Note: I’ve marked how much I used of each item, except for the place settings. In these cases, the quantity is one for each place setting.
- Rectangle Serve Board – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia (Centerpiece Qty: 1)
- Natural Jute Braid Charger – Threshold™ (Place Setting)
- 11″ Porcelain Beaded Dinner Plate White – Threshold™(Place Setting)
- 8.3″ Porcelain Beaded Salad Plate White – Threshold™(Place Setting)
- 16.8oz 4pk Glass Telford Tall Tumblers – Threshold™(Place Setting)
- 6ft. Dark Green Eucalyptus Garland by Ashland® (Centerpiece Qty: 1)
- Fall Flower Bush by Ashland® (Centerpiece Qty: 2)
- Mini Votive Vases By Ashland® (Centerpiece Qty: 1 case)
- Ashland® Taper Candles Party Pack (Centerpiece Qty: 1 box)
- Ashland® Mini River Pebbles (Centerpiece Qty: 1 bag)
- Apple Cinnamon Scented Fall Pine Cones & Apple Slices by Ashland® (Centerpiece Qty: 2 bags)
- Green Mini Pumpkins in Bag by Ashland® (Centerpiece Qty: 2 bags)
- Cream & Green Pumpkins & Gourds by Ashland® (Centerpiece Qty: 1 bag)
- Fresh Linen Scented Votive Candle by Ashland® (Table Qty: 1 case)
- Recollections™ Washi Tape, Dots & Stripes
- Yellow Mini Queen Anne’s Lace Bush by Ashland®(Place Setting)
- Style Me Pretty Gold Table Number Stands, 12ct. (Place Setting)
- Martha Stewart Buttercup Yellow Shimmer Cardstock(Place Setting)
- Pottery Barn: Wheaton Striped Linen/Cotton Napkin (Place Setting)
- Pottery Barn: Schott Zwiesel Classico Wine Glasses (Place Setting)
- Walmart: Natural Brandford Heavy Weave Ribbon (Place Setting)
This is my table AND CHAIRS
This is my starting point. Notice the Dry Bar and Console Table have already been decorated. If you want to see them closer, click HERE.
I made an AMAZING find years ago at the Restoration Hardware Outlet. My INCREDIBLE rustic oak table is actually almost embarrassing because of how inexpensive I got it. Scratching my noggin, I think it was $600 (without chairs or delivery). Just checking out their website, I believe it’s the CAYDEN CAMPAIGN RECTANGULAR EXTENSION DINING TABLE. I don’t have permission YET to show RH’s photos BUT I did find a table that I can share if you need to get one.
If shopping now, I would totally buy this one today. And yes, these are my chairs! I love them (although being black they do require dusting).
Fall table decor starting point: centerpiece
Making the centerpiece is an obvious starting point. While I’d love to claim that I came up with the idea of using a large cutting board, I have to confess that I was Pinterest inspired. If you want to see some of my other Pinterest holiday ideas, visit my page. I update it A LOT!
Setting the Foundation
Here’s a tip, when in doubt, buy options! As long as they can be returned, then get a couple of variations on an idea and decide when you get home.
In this case, I couldn’t decide on the wood board I wanted to use. I bought one at Homegoods and one at Target. The Target Rectangle Serve Board – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia option won out!
Here’s a special tip that’s so simple you might be wondering why you never came up with it yourself! WASHI TAPE
Yup, that’s the special tip.
We’re winding the Eucalyptus Garland around the wooden board and it’s a pain in the a**, not to mention if you ever have to nudge it here or there. Forget it if a guest starts to touch your display, only to have you interrupt dinner by screaming, “DON’T TOUCH THAT!”
Simple solution, tape it to the underside with washi tape.
Adding the Bling
Now you are going to take 2 sprigs of the Fall Flower Bush and simply lay them down with stems facing in. Take a minute to spread out the branches.
What I thought would be simple as I pictured in my mind, turned out to be a little challenging. That is, using Taper Candles. I love them but I don’t have a bunch of holders to use so I thought this would be an easy find. NOPE! I couldn’t find them.
Distribute the candles as it looks nice to your eye. They should balance but don’t have to be exactly symmetrical.
Now Just Pile On the fun!
Now we just start piling on the filler. Start with the biggest pieces first, go smaller, and distribute the colors in a way that looks sporadic and unplanned. (But actually plan this out, don’t have too many of the same colors clustered in one area.)
That’s it for the centerpiece. Were you initially intimidated? Are you thinking, “Wow, that took no brain power at all!” If you’re not, then give yourself a pat on the back and a little grace. You did it! Take a minute to be proud of yourself.
Fall table Decor place settings
The fall table decor place settings used here are a great standby for any time of year. Just switch out the napkins, ribbon, and sprigs and they can fit all seasons and events.
So, one-by-one you need to start layering, starting with the chargers, dinner plates, and salad plates.
No time to quibble here about
having to take off all of the plates when you’re serving dinner.
This is fancy dinner time, so we take the extra steps!
OR – you can serve a buffet style, and then you’re all set … problem solved.
Napkin folding 101
Here’s a mini-tutorial inside of this Fall Table Decor page, you’re going to learn how to make a really pretty utensil wrap. Again, I love this as it fits all seasons.
Getting all Emily Post on your for a minute, each course has its own utensils. If you’re having a lot of courses, you don’t need to put them all in the napkin wrap on display. Bring out the dessert fork or spoon after the main course. A lot of people will use if for their soup or salad course mistakenly anyway. Not a lot of people know how to use utensils properly. Ah, a post for another day! (Mental note!)
Open up your napkin with the right side UP.
Fold the bottom edge up to meet the top edge.
Fold the top edge (yes, the one you just folded up) and fold it back down to meet the fold.
Finger press the folds.
Flip the whole thing over, holding the folds in place.
Fold in the entire right side in to the center and then repeat on the left side.
Then fold both side in, using the center channel as your crease point, and flip over.
It’s time to tie the bow. Having the weight of the utensils in place makes it much easier, so go ahead and stick them in. If they move around it’s not a big deal, you’ll finesse them into place in a bit.
To tie the bow PERFECTLY, click over to my tutorial, 2 Ways to Tie a Bow with Ribbon Perfectly!
we return to our fall table decor place settings
With the napkins folded perfectly, layer one Mini Queen Anne’s Lace Bush under each napkin wrap. Gently open up the leaves and press the napkin fold down to try to keep the napkin flat, although it won’t be perfectly flat. At this point, fix the utensils in the napkin wrap.
Depending on what you’re serving to drink, the types of glasses will go to the top right of your charger (yes, here’s Emily Post again). First the wine glass (if, applicable) and then a water glass along side it.
We’ll now add the name cards. This is a really fun and festive addition. If you’re thinking that it’s totally unnecessary, well you’re kind of right. BUT, if you don’t feel the need to assign seats then use the name card stands as an opportunity to have fun.
Instead of adding names, as I’m showing, print out different quotes! Or maybe, you can get cards from games like Cards Against Humanity, assuming your crowd will be comfortable with this type of game. Conversation starters are a great way to add personality to your event, and here’s a perfect way!
ORRRR, you can just add names. If you’re wondering how my calligraphy looks so good on the cards, well it doesn’t! ha. Fooled you!
I actually love to do calligraphy but I had to be fast for this setup. My solution, I jumped over to Canva and used one of their name card templates. Super fast and easy. My only special tip here is to use cardstock, such as the choice I made with Buttercup Yellow Shimmer Cardstock, and fold over the cards. A double layer is needed to stay in place in the Stands.
As I looked over the table, I decided to add an old standby for my table settings. That is to spread out some votives. Using the same holders as I used for the taper candles, I placed chunky votive candles down the length of the table.
This was so much fun! I hope you were able to glean a few inspiring touches for your own table, or maybe you’re replicating the entire thing! If so, I love that.
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That’s all for today, my friend! I hope you enjoyed this DIY tutorial. You can click over to see the dry bar and console table closer by clicking HERE.
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