Five Easy Steps for a Fall Table

How to style a casual fall table using my five step tablescaping formula!

As we move further into fall towards Thanksgiving, the home becomes more of a hub for gathering around home cooked meals. We have three dining tables of different sizes and uses that we can gather at and of course I like to decorate each one!

Today let’s look at our kitchen nook’s smaller dining table where I styled this really simple tablescape for fall. After I was done and was looking at it, I noticed that I usually incorporate the same five things in most of my tablescapes that make it so easy!

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The color scheme.

First I decide on what color theme I’d like to use. It helps me pick out the items to use from my stash. Here I went with all neutrals…browns, creams, and pops of sage green. This color combination really works well with the rest of the kitchen and living area.

I brought in the green with these napkins from World Market in a nice, soft mossy color. I added another little dash of green with rosemary sprigs from the backyard. And there’s another small hint of green in the faux leaves in the dough bowl.

The creamy white pumpkins and candles, and the white plates and table runner lighten things up and keep it balanced.

vary the textures.

I like to make sure I include elements with lots of texture mixed with smooth metals and usually some wood.

I always love the warmness and casual feel that wood brings to a tablescape. Here I’ve used the rustic wood dough bowl on top of a wood charcuterie board and flanked it with wood candle holders. And the whole base of the tablescape brings in more wood by leaving off a tablecloth. I even set wood acorns on each plate.

The dough bowl is filled with texture…the braided pumpkins from Target along with the hyacinth placemats and the pinecones bring heavy, rich, coarse texture to the tablescape. I even topped it off with a curly piece of grapevine from my fall mantel.

You can see the post on how I used the grapevine in my fall mantel here.

And mercury glass votives, a linen table runner, and linen napkins bring in smoother texture.

Natural elements.

Almost everything in the dough bowl comes from nature, and if it doesn’t, it’s a faux version of something that does! Pumpkins and acorns speak to the season. It’s filled out with pinecones, leaves, and grapevine. And those rosemary sprigs on each plate are another organic touch.

White dishes.

I love to use white dishes for almost every tablescape for several reasons. They go with all styles and themes, they add a nice contrast, and they always set the stage for everything around them. I do love the look of a colored/patterned accent plate on top that goes with the tablescape theme. I just honestly don’t have room for dishes in a lot of different colors and patterns so I don’t often do it myself. All white is just more efficient!

You can see ALL of the reasons why white dishes make the perfect decorating accessory here.

And if you’d like to see why I think these are the BEST everyday white dishes, see the post here.

I’ve had these dishes for most of this year and still love them! If you’d like to try them for yourself, you can check them out here.


And every table of course needs candles to add ambiance! I use a mix of real and battery operated . My favorite battery operated candles are these with the little flame that moves around. They also have timers so I can set them to come on for a few hours every evening.

I hope this easy tablescaping formula helps if you’re setting a table for fall or Thanksgiving! I’ll be using it to set my formal Thanksgiving table and our patio dining table…I’ll be sure to share both with you when I get them done.

Happy Fall Y’all,

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