Fall Tablescape – With a Few Alternatives

I don’t believe it would be right to have a week-long series on all things Fall without a post including a Fall tablescape.  I mean, you need to have your friends and family over so they can see all of your fabulous Fall decorations and eat all of your yummy Fall treats, right?  Of course you do!

I realize this may be a “special occasion” tablescape for some of you, but in my family growing up, this was a regular dinner table for us, whether it was a holiday or just a Sunday family dinner.  I think I can count with my two hands the number of times we ever ate on paper plates (excluding picnics or outdoor family events).  I come from a family of Sicilians, so meal time was extremely important and revered as family time.  It also meant we had a beautiful table setting and lots and lots of food.  We just had to be careful not to knock over our neighbor’s water goblet while talking with our hands (*smile*).

I began with a basic tablescape: a white linen tablecloth, a burlap runner, white restaurant-style dinner plates, informal place settings and a centerpiece.  I left those elements the same, but altered a few items to give you some inspiration and to get your creative juices flowing.

**Disclaimer:  Some of the pictures are not that great and, for that, I apologize.  I put this all together after the kids were asleep and the natural light was gone.  I do what I can do when I can do it.

Here’s Tablescape No. 1:

I layered the white dinner plate with a festive salad plate and tan colored napkin on top,
followed by a pine cone (found outside) used as a place card holder.

To make the place card holder, I simply used shipping tags I purchased from Office Max (I use them to price my items for my sales), removed the string they come with, added jute string and simply tied it around the top of the pine cone.

I purchased the pots of wheat at Marshalls.  The bowl, filled with beautiful, little, white pumpkins, was purchased at Junk Bonanza last week.  It was my first purchase of that day.
I’ll share the rest of my purchases with you on Monday.

I found these gorgeous paisley salad plates at Marshalls for $2.99 each.
They are the colors of Fall:  green, orange, red and brown.  I think they’re perfect for this time of year.
They also had matching dinner plates, if anyone is interested.  I only wanted the salad plates.

Here’s Tablescape No. 2:

Do you notice the differences?
All I did was replace the paisley plate, changed out the tan napkin for a chocolate brown one,
and instead of pine cones, I used little white pumpkins for the place card holders.
You could even send your guests home with their little pumpkins as a gift!

I enjoyed setting out our antique silverware I’ve been collecting.
None of it matches and that’s what I love about it.

I found the harvest-y white bread plates at Goodwill for $.39 each.  Setting a bread plate on top of a napkin on top of a dinner plate is not a proper place setting, but go with it.  Do whatever looks beautiful to you.

Did anyone notice our new ladderback chairs?  Aren’t they fab?  I bought them on Craigslist last weekend, just in time for this post!  I’m really pleased with them.  They’re reproductions, but that’s okay.  They’re beautiful and they remind me of many holidays and Sunday family dinners spent at my Nana’s dining room table.  I really miss those days, and I miss my family all the time.

So who wants to come over for dinner?  You’re all invited!

Linking to:

Between Naps on the Porch
Tatertots & Jello
The Creative Paige
Funky Junk Interiors
At the Picket Fence
Freckled Laundry
Just a Girl
Centsational Girl

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

The DIY Show Off



  1. Oh perfect, what time shall we all there!!! LOL. Everything looks great, I love #1.

  2. I love both, but my fave would have to be with the pine cone place cards. LOVE that idea! Guess what I’ll be using at Thanksgiving???!!

    Would love to have you stop over for a visit sometime….


  3. I loved both, they were elegant yet simple and practical. Love the bowl of white punkins, so neat! Amazing how just changing a few things can make such a difference. Liked the wheat stacks as well. Very Fallish!

    Blessings for a Wonderful Fall Season,

  4. Both tables are beautiful, Laura!! Very cozy…I can imagine an nice family meal shared here! Love your new bowl, it looks great with the little white pumpkins in it! Well done! :-)


  5. I love the simplicity of your tables, Laura. Your new ladderbacks are fabulous!

  6. i always enjoy a table in nuetral colors~

  7. Beautiful table. I’m normally a simple-white-plate kinda girl, but I LOVE your paisley plates. I also love the bowl of little white pumpkins…so simple and beautiful.

  8. I love your table! I saw those plates at Marshalls and loved them too!

  9. I just adore the wheatpots and the height they add to the table.


  10. I love the choices!! I have never been able to find wheat stalks, which I love! And those paisley plates are gorgeous!!

  11. I love your disclaimer! Often the only time I have is when my little one is asleep. I love your Autumn table (and your free buffet table in the background!)

  12. Those are fun tablescapes! I particularly love the dishes you found at Marshall’s.



  13. Junk Bonanza! I LOVE the name! I’m going to visit their site just to see what it’s all about. I know we don’t have one here in the Kansas City, MO area, but it’ll be fun just to see what kind of “junk” they have! :-) I think it is so funny what you said about being careful not to knock over a goblet while talking with your hands! Hilarious! I’m not Sicilian, but my family…BIG hand talkers! HUGE hand talkers! I may be among the worst of them, I think. I have inadvertently (that’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it!) slapped a whole lot of people while expressing a point at the dinner table! :-) Very nice fall table settings, Laura! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  14. I love both place settings, and also enjoy setting a fancy table! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Discovered you from Air your Laundry Friday!


  15. Love the bowl filled with pumpkins and those plates from Marshall’s are perfect!

  16. Your table is lovely! I love the burlap runner, the wheat and the pumpkins! Great job!


  17. LOOOOOve your tablescape!

  18. Your Fall tablescape is lovely! The wheat bundles are so nice!

    Thanks for linking to Potpourri Friday!

  19. Beautiful tablescape! I adore your ladder back chairs. Oh my!

  20. Thanks for linking up to The “Autumn Décor” Talent Scouting Party at WhisperWood Cottage, Laura! Such welcoming tablescapes! I like how you used the pumpkins as placeholders!

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