A Simple Fall Table

I love looking a beautiful tablescapes in magazines and online. I love the look of stacks of unique dishes and abundant centerpieces that fill every open space. Many of the beautiful tables that I see include exquisite large floral arrangements, tall lanterns, or collections of candles. As beautiful and artistic as they are, many of these tablescapes are, ultimately impractical for reality. In a real dining situation, stacks of beautiful dishes may or may not have a practical use. Large centerpieces might interfere with sight lines and conversation among the diners.  Or how about those centerpieces that include live flowers casually laying on the table, no vase, no water. That makes for great photography, but most flowers wouldn’t make it through a meal before major wilt would set in.

When setting the table for a small dinner party we had earlier this week, I went with a simple and practical setting and centerpiece that avoided those pitfalls.



A little plaid, a little wicker, and some gleaming copper…color, texture, and shine…


White ironstone plates, wicker chargers, stainless flatware, clear stemmed goblets…


Baby boo pumpkins, eucalyptus…


A simple centerpiece of eucalyptus and small white pumpkins at the base of five copper candle holders with ivory candles…no obstructed diners’ views and plenty of room for the food.

The dinner, the conversation, and the company were delightful. It was a last minute dinner party with a simple, do ahead menu, with good friends, at a simple fall table.

My tips for creating a lovely, practical fall table setting: Go simple. Keep the table décor clean and uncluttered. Select a color palette that says “fall.” Include some elements with texture and always include organic elements. Add real or battery-operated candles for warmth and ambiance. Leave adequate space for the food, condiments, sauces, etc.

Have a lovely weekend. We’re expecting a windy, rainy weekend and dropping temperatures. But, three of our grandchildren will be visiting with us for the weekend, so we’re looking forward to the weekend despite the forecast weather.

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