You may be asking, “how do I decorate my fall dining table?”. Do you have any ideas how to get started? If not, this is the place to be today! I am sharing a ‘A Walk in the Forest Tablescape for Fall’. But, the best part is, I am taking part in a fall tablescape blog hop so you have the opportunity to visit other bloggers and see how they want to inspire you to decorate a fall dining table! I am so honored to be once again joining this gathering hosted by Rita from Panoply.
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Let’s make a centerpiece:
Are you wondering what you can put on your table for decoration? It does not have to be outlandish or expensive. How about making a centerpiece that is primarily items that can be found on a walk through the forest? So, when you want to know how you can decorate for fall with no money; look at this table for inspiration!
Sadly, I don’t live where there are forests. I live where there are swamps. Swamps with things like alligators, water moccasins and lots of other scary creatures. Therefore, some of the things I collected are the artificial items you might be able to collect on a walk through the woods near you.
Even my sweet Lily was ready to help with this tablescape! When I was out walking early one morning I saw a big truck with some kind of a crane on it go down our street. It broke a big branch off one of the oak trees. As I pulled the branch out of the street so no cars would hit it, I had one of those “ah ha” moments! I picked up some of the small branches and leaves and brought them home. Lily picked up a bigger branch and carried it home herself!
Gathering items for the centerpiece:
This was three or four days before I was going to style this table, and I had no idea how to keep the leaves looking good. I filled a big bowl with cold water and submerged the leaves in it.
I put a couple of salad plates on top of the leaves to keep them under the water. Then I put the entire thing in the refrigerator.
When I got ready to set the table, I got out my oak leaves and surprise! They looked fantastic! The cold water actually made them brighter green than when I brought them in from outdoors!
For a nice natural fall tablescape, head on out for a walk in the forest! Gather up anything you think might look nice as part of your centerpiece. I began mine with my oak leaves, many with acorns still attached. This antler shed that my husband picked up on a friend’s Montana ranch when he was fly fishing several years ago added substance. He also brought me some feathers from a pheasant hunt I was able to incorporate. I had to use a bit of artificial, a piece of grapevine garland cut apart, a little faux garland with some cream colored berries and some artificial bittersweet.
Natural items to use in your centerpiece:
Do make sure that you clean everything you plan to use on your table! You don’t want any little bugs coming out on your dinner table!
It is difficult to photograph this centerpiece in its entirety without it looking odd, especially with the throw being on an angle on the table. This was the best shot I could get:
Consequently, I am also sharing a few different close up photographs of the centerpiece.
This is so basic that anyone can do it! Put down your largest element first. For me that was my antler. Next I added my faux garland and then two pieces of grapevine garland. The rest was just tucking the oak leaves, feathers and artificial berries into and along the elements that were already there. Don’t like how it looks? Move things around until you are happy with it!
If you think your centerpiece needs more, experiment, add some little pumpkins, some fresh flowers tucked in water tubes, or some dried lotus pods.
Let’s set a table:
My inspiration for this tablescape was these beautiful party plates by Juliska. They are so appropriately called, Forest Walk. When I spotted them, I knew that these were going to be coming to live in my party pantry!
I thought if one had gone for a walk in the forest, perhaps they would have a blanket to sit upon. I pulled out this pretty plaid throw to use on my table. The throw isn’t large enough to be a proper tablecloth, but it didn’t matter. Positioned at an angle over the table was enough to give the idea I was going for. It is rich and warm and cozy and all things fall, creative, right?
Things you can use for a table covering:
- kraft paper
- fabric remnants
I would have preferred to use those natural placemats I have used again and again like in last year’s Apple Tablescape. Unfortunately I only have six of those placemats. I know I need to invest in some wood slice chargers. Have you found wood slice chargers you are happy with? It is a big purchase, and I want to make sure I am really going to be happy with them before I take the plunge! So, I settled for faux wood chargers at only $2.99 each from Michael’s.
The Forest Walk plates do look amazing on my layers of charger and dinner plates. You don’t need to have a large collection of dinnerware to set a pretty table. I recommend investing in different salad plates like these to add different looks to your tables.
This is the time of year to pick up seasonal napkin rings like these oak leaf and acorn ones at Bed Bath & Beyond.
These adorable little acorn candles were an impulse buy when I spotted them at Michael’s. On sale for just $5.99 for four, I thought these would make sweet favors on each plate. I am a big fan of having favors for guests, not just at parties, but at dinners, also.
These add a festive fall touch to the table.
I usually keep my stemware simple, a wine glass and a water glass. I have had the gray water glasses longer than I can remember. The water glasses are the Brookstone pattern, Marquis by Waterford. Yes, these are made by Waterford, but they are not leaded crystal, they are crystalline, a quality, non leaded glass. You can read more about the Waterford brand, including the fact that it is now owned by Fiskars?
The only flatware I thought would work better than my basic Ikea wood handled flatware would be Stag Antler Horn Handled flatware. I will keep it on my wish list!
Now, for so many more creative ways to dress your table, visit these amazing table stylists:
- My Thrift Store Addiction – Bienvenue L’automne! Macarons and Champagne at Sunset
- The Painted Apron – September Pumpkins
- Everyday Living – A Welcome to Autumn Tablescape
- Home is Where the Boat Is – Whimsical Fall Tablescape: Trucking to the Pumpkin Patch
- Life and Linda – Poppies and Checks
- Hyacinths for the Soul – Colors of the Season
- My Hubbard Home – Pretty Autumn Tablescape Add Soft Blues For An Updated Twist
- Panoply – Fall Garden Harvest Creatures Tablescape
- Corner of Plaid and Paisley – Fall Tablescape – Mixing Some Blues In
- Dinner at Eight – Easing Into Fall
- Bluesky at Home – Outdoor Fall Tablescape with Harvest Colors
- Red Cottage Chronicles – Cozy Autumn Table
- Zucchini Sisters – Glam Pumpkins Fall Table Setting Ideas
- Me and My Captain – Woodland Critters Come Out For Fall….and More
- Celebrate and Decorate (you are here)- A Walk in the Forest Tablescape for Fall
- The Sweet Sensations – Welcoming Fall in Copper and Gold