The first Fall holiday is almost here, and people everywhere are gearing up for trick-or-treaters with fun-sized candy, festive décor, and fabulous parties. Halloween ushers in the season for entertaining, with Thanksgiving and Christmas not far behind it. If the holidays aren’t reason enough to invite friends and family over for a dinner party, perhaps some of these beautiful, seasonal table settings are.
Halloween is not complete without jack-o-lanterns and pumpkins, and since they come in a variety of sizes and colors, they can be used to decorate a dinner table in many ways.
While large pumpkins make great table centerpieces, individual place settings can take advantage of the miniature versions. This elegant setting pairs orange mini pumpkins with the green and white dishes to create a lively contrast. A touch of ivy adds extra texture.
Another design that uses the smaller pumpkins to create individual place settings is this stylish black and gold scheme. The pumpkins are painted gold to contrast against the black and white palette and add a touch of dramatic flair to each seat. In addition to pumpkins, other seasonal fruit could adorn the places settings, such as apples, pears, and other gourds.
This beautiful table takes advantage of various size pumpkins to create a lovely, monochromatic centerpiece. Pairing the pumpkins with similar colored vessels that mimic the round shape creates the simple but striking focus in the center of the table.
Another beautiful autumn table centerpiece can be created using pheasant feathers. The warm tones of the feathers create a rich design full of texture. Since feathers do not wilt, they are a great option to use in place of flowers to create a look that can last all season.
Why not take inspiration from nature as the leaves begin to fall off the trees and branches are left bare? Bare branches filling a hurricane vase can create a simple yet dramatic, budget friendly centerpiece. Another great look could be created using multiple smaller vases with shorter branches, lining the center of the table.
In addition to using bare tree branches to fill vases, larger branches can be used as the vase themselves. Birch wood works wonderfully for this, as the naturally beautiful bark helps to create a rustic look. This design can be created simply by drilling a hole through the center of the branch and filling it with floral foam that has been soaked in water. Candles could also be used in place of flowers, and logs can be places horizontally as well as vertically.
Pinecones and Other Tree Seeds
Leaves aren’t the only things that drop from trees this time of year. While coniferous tress drop pinecones year round, they are particularly plentiful in the Fall. They can be used naturally for a rustic look, or painted to match a particular color scheme.
In addition to leaves and pinecones, deciduous trees drop seeds in the form of nuts, such as acorns and chestnuts. These can be used as great vase filler, alone or paired with candles. For another unique look, try placing a pumpkin in the center of a pie or cake stand and surrounding the base with acorns.
Burlap and Mason Jars
Autumn is often synonymous with rustic décor, and easy way to create a great eclectic tablescape is by using glass jars and burlap. This design features burlap as a table runner down the middle of the table, topped with jars filled with candles.
To further incorporate this look into individual seats, placemats of burlap could be used, and smaller jars, even baby-food jars, holding Fall-blooming flowers, such as asters, sedum, or goldenrod, would make each place setting feel welcoming, inviting your guests to sit and socialize.