One Table, Three Fall Looks
For an in-season tabletop, start with inexpensive accessories like crisp apples, foraged fall branches and fairytale pumpkins.
Our plans for autumn? Dining at home outdoors. And this season, we were inspired by fall’s harvest and its warm shades of bronze, rust, orange and gold. Here are three looks for every style to get you through Thanksgiving.
Make it moody
For an inspired fall palette, we love to juxtapose warm autumn hues with dark accents. We set the wood tabletop with black ceramic plates, contrasting white and burnt orange graphic napkins, amber-handled flatware and seagrass wrapped tumblers. An oversized French vintage breadboard is topped with seasonal fruit, including Mission figs and Crimson pears. A primitive wooden bowl overflows with dried persimmons and a ceramic ochre bowl holds whole walnuts. Finish the look by filling the center of the table with a tall arrangement of gold, orange and caramel colored flowers and foliage. Finally, layer in tonal pumpkins or gourds along with wisps of dried flowers or grasses.
Put a new spin on Halloween décor
Celebrate the season of ghosts and ghouls with a modern take on a traditional Halloween tabletop. We love the idea of doubling down on the season’s notoriously famed orange hue, so we went with a primarily monochromic story layering on tons of tonal orange, rust and golden hues. We love the simplicity of this striped tablecloth, and for a more rustic look you can add an assortment of mismatched terracotta plates, serveware and graphic vintage Mexican stoneware. Fill the center of the table with vessels in various sizes, stuffing them with fresh no-fuss bouquets of bright orange Marigolds. Choose an assortment of fresh and dried fruit, filling large and small bowls with the likes sugar-coated orange slices and seasonal persimmons. We also draped platters with ornamental dates, layered in beeswax votives and dotted spaces with mini orange pumpkins. Don’t be afraid to mix up that tonal palette with another hue. We dropped in a pair of matte light blue Fairytale pumpkins to offset the warm tones and add contrast.
Create a picnic-style tabletop
A classic white and navy blue gingham tablecloth sets the stage for a refreshing preppy fall look. We started by layering natural white ceramic plates with graphic blue and brown windowpane napkins and French vintage flatware paired with simple stemless wineglasses. Fall is also the perfect season to forgo traditional flower arrangements in favor of foraging freshly clipped branches brimming with brown and gold leaves. We casually tucked a handful into a large glass pickling jar for a stunning centerpiece. Add more color with festive fruit, we used large wood bowl with just harvested apples in greens and reds as well as coordinating pomegranates. Dress it up with accents like beeswax pillars in glass hurricanes, tiny white pumpkins and for texture, bowls with shelled nuts.