Now that our fall dining table is complete I’m ready for some fall entertaining and yummy crockpot meals! I’m so excited to share this table set up with you guys because I hope it inspires you to dress up your table for the upcoming holidays or just because! I generally don’t love tablescaping, not as much as I love exterior decorating or actual spaces vs. a flat surface. However, I think it pushes me out of my comfort zone to create an interesting visual design scene in a 2-d way. When designing a table set up for any holiday it is always important to think about the layers. You need to set a foundation with a table cloth or runner, place mat or charger, many plates and a pretty finishing top layer is like the icing on the cake. Of course it always helps to have a color scheme, and not to go too overboard with it!
I picked up these buffalo check plate chargers from Michaels and these cute mini bushel baskets too, I knew the gray would tie in nicely with our existing dining room decor. If you are wondering about the light fixture you can find it here.
While at Target perusing the dollar section, I spotted these two buffalo check pillows, which I thought would be perfect at the two head of table chairs. I also grabbed these adorable wooden leaf ornaments for $1 each, that I decided to use as the topper. I think it’s fun to use alternative items than the traditional napkin rings. Be creative! These napkins are also the cutest ever, I’ll be using them at every holiday table moving forward. They are simple and I love the little pom pom detail.
My talented cousin Taylor, TopKnotTypography did the calligraphy on the wood ornaments, she hand lettered words like “Thankful” “Grateful” “Family”… Didn’t she do an amazing job? I’m in love with them. They look so cute tied in with the napkins. If you are local and ever need any calligraphy work she’s your girl.
When it came time to decide on a table runner (not a big table cloth girl) I didn’t want to go overboard with a buffalo check runner, so I used some thick ribbon to tie a very simple runner. Typically I alway start with the centerpiece, but I had gathered all these items first. When it came time to do the centerpiece I literally had no idea what I was going to do. Until a trip to a local farm stand, where I decided to use some farm fresh produce as the focal point of the table, I mean what’s more fall than that? So I grabbed small potted mums, cabbage and white pumpkins to help give my table centerpiece a beautiful focal point.
Using some fresh stems I cut from my own garden, I filled a pretty glass vase on a wood pedestal, added some faux eucalyptis and faux pumpkins to create a focal point. Don’t be afraid to mix real and faux, honestly it’s not a big deal and can save money year to year to have some of the faux mixed in. I started with a vase in the center, then tapered the items down from the center. I love tipping the baskets over and having some items falling out. There are no rules, just have fun!
So what do you think friends!? Do you enjoy setting the table and getting it all pretty for the holidays? Or is it more of a burden? Once I got going it was really fun and I’m so happy with the end result. I hope this inspired you and gives you some ideas to enjoy your home with your loved ones this fall season! I’m sure grateful for all of you, for your support and for visiting his little site of mine! 🙂