Fall brings cooler nights, sweaters, pumpkin spice everything and the start of all the gatherings. Here’s how to create a relaxed natural candlelit fall table to ease you back into indoor entertaining!
I love summer for it’s laid back casual feel gatherings. No one bats an eye if you pull out the Royal Chinet (that you have to balance on your lap while sitting on a lawn chair) and serve up sloppy burgers and serve yourself mayo-filled salads. It’s BBQ season. Everyone expects casual.
And yet, sometimes when fall comes and gatherings move indoors again, “real entertaining” can feel a little stressful.
But it doesn’t have to be like that!
You can totally create an elegant, beautiful table without spending a lot of time or money. By using staples collected over time, like white candles, and some inexpensive greenery, in this case seeded eucalyptus from the local florist, you can create a relaxed, natural candlelit fall table that will elevate your first indoor fall gathering, without stressing you out one bit!
How to Create a Relaxed Natural Candlelit Fall Table
1. Clean off the table
Wipe it down with a damp cloth thoroughly. Don’t forget the cracks and those oh-so-sneaky crumbs!
2. Lay out a length of Kraft paper
I found mine at Michaels, but you can try Amazon too.
3. Add some texture and varying heights
Scatter two or three large log slices down the Kraft paper. Add a couple of coaster size log slices here and there too. No need to be fussy or particular here. (My small log slices are actual coasters flipped upside down!)
4. Add lots of candles
Now start adding candles – pillars, hurricanes, tapers, votives, etc. Keep them all white for cohesion. Vary the heights and sizes for interest, like I’ve done.
5. And greenery
Carefully place seeded eucalyptus branches/sprigs around and between the candles. Be cautious so they aren’t too near to any flames when you light the candles. I think I prefer to place all the eucalyptus sort of going in the same direction, which I didn’t do here. So, you choose which you like better, random or inline.
6. Create a base at each spot
Place simple placemats underneath plain white dishes for each of your guests.
7. And the rest of the goodies!
Add some utensils, cheap water goblets (psst, mine are from the dollar store!) and of course food!
And that’s how you create a relaxed, natural candlelit fall table!
Next week I’ll be sharing the chalkboard looking conversation starters as a free printable. So watch your inbox for that!
To see more lovely fall table inspiration for your own get togethers, visit my blog friends too!
Are you looking forward to fall gatherings? Or still wishing for more outdoor, summer time?
P.S. If you’re looking for even more ideas, check out this post filled with 13 farmhouse thanksgiving table ideas!