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How to Create a Layered Fall Table Setting

In this post: Have you ever looked at a gorgeous table setting and wondered how to get that look for your own table? This blog post takes a look at exactly how to create a layered fall table setting so you can set a beautiful table of your own this season.


How do you decorate for a fall – when you love the bold and beautiful colors outside, but you don’t really want to bring those same hues inside? The answer is actually fairly simple. You just use muted versions of those same colors and a lot of creamy whites!

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Bringing little bits of fall into the house as decor for a nice hot meal with friends or family is one of the very best things about autumn. And I adore bright orange pumpkins, scarecrows and crisp bright fall leaves, but I’ve never been a fan of them in the house.

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So when I was planning this pretty table as a place to share a meal with friends, I chose mainly shades of white and cream, with just a little peachy-orange for accents and a hint of green and brown to ground the arrangement. And as I always do, I mixed in masculine rustic elements like the twig wreath and antlers with some ruffled place mats and soft faux florals.

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A variety of tall candle sticks and low mercury glass votives also played into creating a softer look to our rustic wood table. While the pastoral scene chargers, carved wood napkin rings and white cotton napkins lend an air of French farmhouse flair to the table.

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There were a couple of small and simple DIY craft projects for this tablescape as well – the chalkboard-look tag place cards and the glitter-topped baby boo pumpkins.

For the chalkboard-look tag place cards:

  • buy black tags or paint some kraft paper tags with chalkboard paint
  • use either a white permanent marker or white chalkboard marker to hand-write each guests name
  • or if your handwriting isn’t awesome, try using stickers or a label maker to create the names

For the glitter-topped baby boo pumpkins:

  • purchase real or faux white baby boo pumpkins
  • either brush or pour a small amount of glitter and sequin glue into the flatter area around the stem
  • sprinkle with glitter of choice (I used a fine rose-gold glitter) and let dry
  • tap off excess before placing on the table

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To get this layered fall table look:

  • Place a runner down the center of the table (this can be a purchased one or a diy stripe version like the one shown)
  • Add a fall wreath to the center of the table
  • Place a large faux pumpkin into the wreath
  • Add one more large faux pumpkin on either side of the wreath
  • Place an antler between the wreath and large pumpkin on each side
  • Arrange the candle sticks around those elements, working with the tallest closer to the center and adding shorter ones as you move outward towards the ends of the table.
  • Then add the mini baby boos and votives to fill in the spaces
  • Layer ruffled placemats and chargers at each place before setting the flatware and napkins

How to create a layered fall table setting so you can set a beautiful table of your own this season

how to create a layered fall table


Source list for Creamy White French Farmhouse and Industrial Thanksgiving Table

  • Table – Restoration Hardware
  • Chairs – Wayfair
  • Table runner – World Market (while we were visiting the U.S. this summer)
  • Wreaths, faux pumpkins, candle sticks, faux flowers, mason jars, frog lids, candles, votives, ruffled place mats, chargers all Michaels

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