We recently had a Fall Dinner Party at our home and I wanted to share some of the ideas I implemented into our tablescape. Since this was a casual gathering of dear friends, I wanted nothing to be too fussy. Autumn colors, a relaxed atmosphere and a theme centered around the fruits of the Fall season – this was what I was aiming for. I was very pleased with the outcome, and much to my surprise … even the men were complimenting me on how nice everything looked.
I chose three main colors – a red tone similar to the color of apples, a moss green, and a deep golden color. All of these colors can be found in nature. More specifically – in the hues of autumn leaves.
I tried to incorporate “three” of everything in regards to color and tone. For example, for the red tone/color … I used napkins, placemats, and apples. Three different items needed to have that color. I used this same formula for all the other colors as well. It worked out beautifully for a very warm and balanced color scheme.
My centerpiece was very simple. I only used apples and a few corn husks (for filler) and placed them in a rustic basket in the center of the table. My “confetti” mixture consisted of leaves and real green peas tossed sporadically throughout. I placed an apple here and there as well, in addition to a few nuts, leaves and votive candles.
One of my most favorite things were the place card tiles. I wanted it simple and rustic … and so I used Scrabble wood tiles and their respective holders to display the name of each one of my dinner guests. I even used the maroon colored alphabet tiles, so the color meshed beautifully with the Fall theme. I received many compliments from my guests on these little place settings! It was fun and playful, and nothing too formal.
The two big candles were a lot of fun to decorate. I implemented three different kinds of fillers around the base of the candles. I used red beans, green peas and popcorn kernels for my harvest look. I got an extra bag of the green peas and put a solid layer on top of the finished mixture. I wanted to highlight the green color so they would complement my green Fostoria glasses. I should mention that I did try putting a solid ring of each different type of kernel or bean – layer by layer – around the candle base. In the end; however, I liked the filler all mixed up and not in rigid rings. It just looked more natural to me.
I am a big fan of Fostoria glassware. So many people just keep it in their cupboards; however, if I am fortunate to own it … then it comes out for service when the time is appropriate. The beautiful green color of the Argus pattern was perfect for this Fall tablescape. During the daytime – when the light filtered through the window – the color came alive and brightened up the entire room!
The evening turned out so wonderful. I could not have been more pleased. I hope some of these photos and ideas will inspire you to find simple ways to bring the beauty of Autumn to your next gathering. The Fall season provides us with a cornucopia of reasons to celebrate with family and friends. Find one, and make it uniquely yours.