How to Create a Simply Beautiful Fall Tablescape

Creating a beautiful fall tablescape doesn’t have to be difficult. Follow these simple steps and you’ll have a gorgeous table in no time.

As the leaves start to change color and the weather gets cooler, it’s the perfect time to create a cozy Fall tablescape. And it doesn’t have to be complicated! In this post, I’ll share some simple tips for creating a beautiful Fall tablescape that will make your guests feel warm and welcome. So read on for some inspiration!

Honestly, Setting a beautiful table is one of my favorite things to do. I love all of the different elements you can bring together to welcome your guests to the table.

Step one to Creating a Beautiful Fall Tablescape

I first need an idea of what type of tablescape I am trying to accomplish, do I want a casual feel or a more formal tablescape? What colors do I want to use? and what dishes am I going to be working with? You may have a particular theme you want to use

For this particular fall tablescape, I wanted a semi-casual feel to the table using neutral Fall colors and green.

I had these beautiful magnolia dishes in mind, so I chose to use a magnolia theme for my Fall tablescape.

1. The Base for your Fall Tablescape

Depending on the look you are trying to accomplish, you can use a tablecloth, table runner, placemats, or even a blanket as your base. I chose to use a burlap table runner and placemats for my table as burlap has a casual feel and adds lots of texture to the table.

Burlap table runners are easy to make, or you can purchase one inexpensively on Amazon. There are many options to pick from.

If you’d like to try making your own, here are a few tips.

  1. First, measure and mark the dimensions you would like your table runner to be.
  2. To cut the burlap straight, grab a thread of the burlap right where you want to cut. Pull the thread out of the burlap very carefully, then cut the burlap along the empty space where the thread once was. This helps prevent the burlap from unraveling.
  3. When you have finished your cut, you can then fray the edge by pulling a few threads to give it a worn and rustic feel.
burlap fall table runner

2. Placemats

I used several layers for the individual place settings, beginning with placements. I chose another neutral burlap texture with a round shape and pretty raffia-patterned edging.

burlap and raffia placements

3. Charger plate

This wooden charger plate fits perfectly atop the placement to show off the pretty edging and brings a warm, grounding element to the setting. I love the natural balance of the dark wood with the lighter natural burlap of the fall table runner and placemats.

wooden charger plate

4. Dinner plate

Next comes the dinner plate. This white plate has a textured gold border that pops against the wood charger plate and creates an ideal base for layering more dishes.

Bico dinner plate with gold textured rim

5. Salad plate

On top of your dinner plate, you can add a salad plate.

For my fall tablescape, I used pretty magnolia salad plates that tie in with other decorative elements on my table (more on that later).

magnolia dishes for fall table

Then, I added a small bowl that coordinates with the dinner plate to tie everything together.

Each element provides a different purpose, size, texture, and color to the table setting. While each piece is pretty on its own, when styled together the result is gorgeous!

Fall tablescape with fall table runner

6. Napkins

But wait, we’re not done yet! Next, come the napkins. I chose a pretty deep green cloth napkin in the same shade as the magnolia leaves. I made a lovely fold and nestled it within the bowl along with a burlap leaf for the perfect topper. Isn’t the neutral, gold, and green color scheme perfect for this fall table?

fall table setting with green napkin and burlap leaf

7. Flatware

The right flatware is also an important element for your table setting. This copper-handled flatware is so beautiful and adds the perfect rustic touch to my fall tablescape. This particular silverware is made by a company called Inox Artisans. They are one of my favorites and you can see why. The quality is outstanding and they feel so luxurious in your hands.

Inox Artisans copper-handled flatware

And I have a special treat for you! you can receive 20% off on this flatware at Inox Artisans, use the code WENDY for 20% off.

8. Glassware

Lastly, finish your fall table with glassware. I added different glasses in varying heights, colors, and textures for a pretty balance.

Now that you have all the right pieces in place, you can play around with the placement and change up the pieces you use depending on the occasion.

fall table setting with fall table runner, placements, charger, dinner plate, salad plate, bowl, napkin, silverware, and glasses

Styling your Fall Tablescape

In addition to the fall table runner and place settings we’ve created, there are other elements you can add to make your fall table even more festive and grand.

Add a beautiful centerpiece like the one I have created here: How to make a fall centerpiece using a dollar tree pumpkin wreath. The magnolia dishes in the table setting coordinate perfectly with the faux magnolia flowers and leaves used in this pretty (and easy) fall centerpiece. Then, add a few candles like these lovely golden ones for ambiance.

fall  pumpkin centerpiece on table

For another decorative element, this beautiful wooden cake stand from Inox Artisans and rustic cake is the perfect addition to your fall table. Use the code WENDY FOR 20% OFF.

wooden cake stand with rustic cake for fall table

There are also many different ways you may choose to style your napkins aside from the method I have shown. For instance, you could tie them up with cute acorns as I did here: How to decorate with acorns.

Lastly, when throwing a dinner party, I like to add a personal touch to each place setting with place cards or name tags. I have yet to create one for this fall table. Maybe I could attach a name tag to the burlap leaf in each bowl, or incorporate additional magnolias or leaves in each setting. What do you think would look best?

How to Set a Beautiful Table with a Fall Table Runner

There’s nothing like a beautiful fall tablescape to usher in the best season of the year. I hope you enjoyed this magnolia-themed inspiration and found some ideas that you can use for your own table. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog for more seasonal inspiration and DIY tutorials.

Happy Fall

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  1. Wendy this is a stunning! I love the plates and the green colors! Beautiful as always 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Nicole. I too love those plates from Bico ceramics. I hope you have a fabulous weekend and Congrats on the feature today.

  2. This table is just beautiful. I love the magnolia plates as they fit perfectly with your centrepiece. The flatware is just gorgeous too. Perfect for a fall table.

    1. Thank you so much Anita, you are always so full of kind and inspiring compliments. I sure wish you lived around the corner from me.

  3. Such a beautiful place setting! I love all the layers! (and I love the silverware!). ~Missy

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