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Create A Fall Table Setting


Create a beautiful fall table setting with seasonal touches inspired by nature!

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After the weirdo weather of our summer this year, fall has actually been a warm welcome.  I always look forward to fall, but this year especially so because I was hoping it would come with the nice soft weather that is typical of our autumn.  And so far fall hasn’t disappointed, the sun is shining, skies are blue and the air is warm.  Brightly coloured leaves are crunching underfoot, spiced tea is being poured, fall baking is in the oven, soup’s on the stove and homes are being decorated to celebrate the season.  I love fall.

Feeling inspired I have turned my attention to my home and I am enjoying decorating it for the season, and I can’t wait to share it with you!  My hope is that by sharing what I’m doing, you will feel inspired to decorate in your own home.  Plus, I’m going to share a tonne of tips to decorate within a small budget!  There’s no need to spend a lot of money to have a beautiful space.


A Fall Table Setting

Today I’m sharing a fall table setting that would be lovely for Thanksgiving, or any special dinner you have planned during the fall season.  It’s always a nice to have a beautifully set table for special dinners.  I figure since you spent so much time planning and cooking a nice dinner for everyone, you may as well have an equally nice table setting to serve it on!

A Fall Table Setting {A Pretty Life}

Finding Inspiration

A beautiful fall table setting can come together so easily with just a few simple elements.  Take a walk around your yard or hit the ditches in search of fall grasses or twigs with fall coloured leaves.  Buy a few mini white or orange pumpkins from the market and use them to fill decorative bowls, or to use as place markers.  These are all easy, inexpensive and accessible ways to decorate!


For my fall table this year I wanted a very earthy autumn feel, with a lot of natural elements like grasses, wood, and fall colours.  The older I get, and the more comfortable I become with my style, the easier I find it is to decorate.  I have realized that I really love a rustic natural look, so I’m embracing it.

A Fall Table Setting {A Pretty Life}

Putting a Table Setting Together

Right now I am really loving this muted shade of green, so I used it as the colour inspiration for my table setting.  It’s a great colour and matches well with fall shades of orange, red, and brown.

A Fall Table Setting {A Pretty Life}

Once I had my colour scheme picked out it was time to set the rest of the table!  I used a simple linen table cloth as the base of the table setting.  Then I added a rustic wooden bowl full of mini white pumpkins in the centre of the table as the anchor.  As far as centrepieces go, this really doesn’t get any easier.  Plus, I love love the look of white pumpkins so I really like how this came together.

A Fall Table Setting {A Pretty Life}

For the plate settings I used my circular woven grass placemats then layered the dishes at each place setting.  I like the cohesive look of the circle mats with the dishes.  That, and rectangle placemats don’t work on our circle table!

A Fall Table Setting {A Pretty Life}

After years of setting festive tables, I have found that once you have a great neutral set of dishes, you can pretty much decorate your table any way that you like.  I prefer simple white dishes because they go with everything, and as a bonus I can use them at Christmas, Easter or any time of the year, and I just change the napkins, and centrepiece to match the season.

A Fall Table Setting {A Pretty Life}

And because of the simplicity of these dishes, I layered a set of napkins that added a really nice pop of pattern and colour to the table.  Wayfair has a tonne of great linens that would look beautiful on a fall table.

A Fall Table Setting {A Pretty Life}

Pretty Place Card Holders

One of my favourite elements of this table are the place card holders that I made with the most simple supplies: fall grass, goose feathers, kraft paper tags and some pretty ribbon to tie them together.  I’m going to share the full tutorial for how to make them (and where I got the supplies) this week, so make sure to come back!  As a bonus, when you’re done with these little ‘bouquets’ you can take them apart and make a little fall arrangement for display.

A Fall Table Setting {A Pretty Life}

Decorating Off the Table

Once the table was set I turned my attention to the spaces around the table, like my china cabinet, the linen chest of drawers and my new cookbook cabinet.  These spaces are perfect for a little extra fall decorating!  In the background of the picture above, you can see where I hung the Simple Fall Grass Wreath that I made.  I love hanging wreaths on this cabinet!  I also tucked a few pumpkins into the cabinet to carry over the look.

A Fall Table Setting {A Pretty Life}

I also placed a few little green pumpkins on my linen chest which you can see in the background of the photo above.  They match the glasses on the table perfectly!  Now the whole look is coming together.

A Fall Table Setting {A Pretty Life}

I really love how this fall table setting came together.  It’s simple, yet it has all of the rustic fall elements that I was looking for.  I hope you got some ideas for your own fall table!

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Now all that’s missing is your favourite fall food.  Pass the pumpkin delight please!

Have an inspired day!


This post has been sponsored by Wayfair Canada!  But as always all thoughts, ideas, opinions and such are my own.

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