Fall is here, and that means you're probably hosting at least one festive dinner party soon. The best way to set the scene? A killer fall tablescape, complete with seasonal centerpieces and place settings. But you don't have to buy all new tableware to make it feel autumn-appropriate—we've got you covered with plenty of creative ideas to decorate your fall table for dinner parties both big and small.
This table setting features the fall colors like red and purple, but then it also introduces splashes of blue, green, and pink for a unique spin. The gold flatware is a the perfect finishing touch.
An early fall al fresco dinner party is the perfect way to transition to the new season. Plus, it's always a good call to take it outside and enjoy the weather while you still can. And instead of flowers, use large candles and fall fruits like pears to animate the table.
A rich, blue tablecloth helps neutral plates pop. Add fresh flowers for even more color and stuck to an earthy palette with your plating and napkins to even it out.
Granted, all this pattern would be overkill if the tablecloth, napkins, and plates were different colors, but if you keep everything in the same color family, it can actually work beautifully. Plus, opposites attract, so the orange and blue contrast is color theory perfection.
Liven up a country kitchen or rustic breakfast buffet table this fall with bright yellow wildflowers. An aged vase will make the table look like it has a story to tell, perfect for facilitating conversation. It's the perfect fall centerpiece when you want the meal to feel casual yet thoughtful and special.
Thanksgiving at a table? Not even close to groundbreaking. Switch it up this year and have a picnic, with a soft and romantic tablescape. Or, if you like to keep your holiday tradition, well, traditional, then try the picnic look for a more casual fall dinner party.
Transitioning your table from summer to fall is literally as easy as adding in a few mini pumpkins. If you want it to feel more elegant, go for white instead of orange. And try an unconventional pop of color, like light pink. lSee more of this pretty tablescape at .
At this brunch party hosted by interior designer , the woven rattan place settings and garden pots of dainty, unpretentious yellow flowers on a lemon-printed tablecloth feel classic and upbeat while the splatter painted green plates add a modern art feel. And anyone from California knows fall is one of the most beautiful—and warmest—times of year. So take your spread outside!
Here's proof that simple can be just as stunning as over-the-top. Keep your table rustic and pared down, then add in pops of color with purple placemats and orange napkins. And let the food double as decor (figs are always a good call).
Roses paired with citrus and wispy branches makes for a dramatic and colorful centerpiece, no matter the season. Surrounded by black candles, this tablescape is the perfect blend of edgy and whimsical.
This pretty outdoor setup is in the Woodstock, Vermont garden of Zoe and James Zilian, the ceramicists behind . The earthy textures and tones of their ceramic pieces blend in beautifully with the surroundings, and those potted plants on the table are actually edible. So if you're looking for fall centerpiece ideas that'll beautify the table while also adding some functional flavor (literally), take note. We think it's a fall table Joanna Gaines would totally approve of.
You better believe margs will be flowing. Throw a fall fiesta complete with colorful textiles, tiny cacti, and a geometric runner. Cute little succulents will liven up any spread and they're also a lot easier to take care of than florals. And why not throw in some pom poms?
With a bowl of apples in the center of the table and a green leafy bunch casually arranged in a pitcher, this table is effortlessly chic. It is apple season, after all, so why not let the little stone fruit steal the spotlight?
This fall dinner party is effortlessly chic, thanks to the loose, hanging napkins tucked under the plates. The splatter paint cups also add a chic contemporary edge.
Florals in rich, deep colors will anchor a more whimsical country chic tableware set and tablecloth. With dainty painty flowers, these John Derian plates are channeling cheer and reflecting the floral theme throughout. The rattan chairs keep things casual and comfortable, too. Perfect for a fall table that doesn't feel overly thematic or seasonally specific.
A muted red tablecloth grounds this table while the wooden serveware sticks to the rustic, easy-going atmosphere. Keep it simple with a few pomegranates lining the center of the table.
Photographer/author Ngoc Minh Ngo collaborated with floral designer Nicolette Owen to design the cheerful table, complete with flowers in small containers of varying heights and styles. Mix in plenty of whites and opt for lighter shades of orange and yellow.
A bright lilac linen table runner that matches the pink salad plates is an nice cheerful surprise and contrast against the darker plates and wooden table. To keep your floral centerpieces interesting and laidback, simple lay the stems on the table as is. Then offset the flowers with decorative objects, like painted antlers, petrified wooden objects, tea light candles, and crystals, as Alicia Lund did .
Skip linens altogether and position magnolia leaves down the middle of your holiday table. The thick foliage creates a natural runner. Then fill a bowl with decorative corn, pomegranates, and pumpkins.
Start with a brown base in your tablecloth, then incorporate pops of green in your plates. Use tiny topiaries as your centerpiece for a nature-inspired tablescape. Of course, it looks beautiful outdoors, but you can also do it in your dining room as a way to bring the outdoors in.
Though it's best to use fragrance-free tea light votives on the dinner table, set the pre-meal scene with seasonally festive candles. And don't forget to put your floral arrangements on the mantle, console, and other surfaces throughout the space.
Thisincorporates burgundy, brass, and lots of fruit. Set each place with a fresh flower to welcome each of your guests with a sweet, romantic gesture.
This painterly-inspired throw blanket turned tablecloth by Australian textile designer Shilo Englebrecht sets an artful scene at this dinner table. The pink, red, and orange flowers contrast with the cooler tones and inkier hues of the walls and table cloth alike. There are also knitted linen napkins and ceramic vases for a perfectly unfussy finish. It's no surprise that this brunch situation was set up by California designers Mat Sander and Brandon Quattrone of .
The holidays only roll around once a year, so bring out your favorite napkins and tablecloths that you don't use regularly. Eye-catching colorful linens as opposed to white also makes it feel more celebratory, and has looks a little more warm.
The classic color combo of blue and white creates a fresh feel for fall. Autumnal colors pop against a blue and white tablecloth. The antlers spice things up and keep the table from feeling too summery.
Mix and match vases and candles of various heights to give your table a sense of movement as it changes from one end to the other. Then choose a tablecloth with a small, repeating pattern as well as a tight color scheme for something that's both consistent and cohesive, unique and full of surprises, at once.
Incorporate elements from nature in your tablescape and think outside of the box—or rather, outside ofd the class vase floral look. Add succulents with cut flowers so it's more like a landscape on the table.
Designed by and Katie McCaffery, this little dining nook in a San Francisco home is classic and pretty yet refreshingly contemporary. The painted porcelain tableware makes it feel consistent while the cheerful tulips add just the right punch of color for upbeat dining every day this fall.
Instead of a traditional runner, use gourds in varying shapes and colors. As T-Swift would say, you're so gourd-eous. See more of this pretty fall tablescape at .
A burnt orange linen runner and classic fall tableware keeps things casual and down to the earth and unpretentious.