How to Decorate a Fall Table with Leaves
It’s now September and time to think about fall entertaining. Need some ideas? Here’s how to decorate a fall table with leaves.
Some items are so symbolic of a season. For fall, it’s pumpkins, gourds, hay bales, and leaves. When the leaves fall from the trees, we know that autumn and cooler weather are on their way.
Where did the idea for a fall table with leaves as the main design element come from?
- I found the cutest set of bread and butter plates in Boone, North Carolina. Two had leaves on them.
- A Makers’ Studio released a new stencil with different leaf designs.
- When we brought out our fall decorations, I unpacked a container with a ton of faux leaf garland.
- I found a package of leaves that I used for my fabric~covered fabric pumpkins.
- I remembered my Dollar Tree leaf motif wine glasses.
The design fairies were telling me to use leaves for the first tablescape of the fall. I couldn’t say no.
This week is perfect timing for me. Friday night we are having one of our favorite couples over for dinner. We didn’t see them over the summer, so this casual dinner will be a great time to catch up.
Today marks the first seasonal tablescape blog hop of the last half of the year. Our hostess, Rita of Panoply, has gathered quite a talented group of designers who love creating tablescapes.
If you are joining me from Linda of Life and Linda, then welcome. Linda always delivers the prettiest tables.
The complete list of tablescapers is at the end of the post. Be sure to visit as many as you can. You’ll discover some great ideas for your own fall tables.
Autumn Leaves Centerpiece for a Fall Tablescape
Before I began designing my tablescape, I first arranged my centerpiece.
For a combination of fresh flowers and faux leaves, I stopped at Trader Joe’s. I bought a combination of sunflowers, salvia, eucalyptus, and something I don’t the name of but it had the right color and look.
I had a round brass container that would be perfect for a fall tablescape. First, I placed a round glass vase inside to hold the flowers.
I added all the flowers first. Then I added several pieces of faux leaves on each side of the brass container, letting them drape down.
On my dining room table, I placed a round gold platter and then the fall flower and leaf centerpiece.
Would you like to see a video of how I made this fall centerpiece using fresh flowers and faux leaves? Here’s an Idea Pin I made of the process.
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Planning the Fall Tablescape with Leaves
As I mentioned earlier, I started planning this tablescape in my head a few weeks ago. Here were my “ingredients”.
- round woven chargers
- white dinner plates
- bread and butter plates with fall motifs
- DIY shallow salad/soup bowls ~ I’ll share more about those in a later post.
- white utensils
- white linen napkins
- DIY leaf napkin rings/ties
- leaf wine glasses ~ you might try these
I made my fall leaf napkin rings. The leaves were a Dollar Tree purchase last year that I never used. I found them this year and added them to one of my fabric-covered pumpkins.
All I needed was a hole punch, scissors, and twine. It was easy to tie the twine around my linen napkins, an estate sale buy.
I found a set of very shallow bowls at the Resale Store several weeks ago ~$4.00 for 4. I was waiting for the right time to use them. When I saw the leaf stencil from A Makers’ Studio, I knew it was the right time to use the bowls.
Now, as is my habit, I was ready to gather all my “ingredients” before I begin to arrange my tablescapes.
My place setting consisted of:
- the round woven chargers
- the white dinner plates
- the leaf salad/soup bowls
- the bread and butter plates ~ these are the melamine ones I found at the Mast Mercantile in Boone, NC. The brand is called 100 and 80 degrees. They had the cutest plates of different sizes with a variety of motifs
- the white silverware
- the white napkins tied with the leaf napkin rings
- the leaf wine glasses
That’s how simple it was to create this fall table with leaves. The only thing I need to add are salt and pepper shakers.
I still wasn’t quite through with my leaf design for my fall table. Sweet Shark and I took Nola for a walk Monday morning. We had quite the rain storm on Sunday. There are downed leaves and branches all over the neighborhood.
I gathered as many as I could.
How could I use more leaves in my fall tablescape?
How about as coasters for the wine glasses?
Finishing Off the Dining Room
I still wasn’t through with the leaf theme for the table.
Wouldn’t it be nice to add some faux leaf garland to my vassilier. I had plenty of fall faux stems to choose from.
Most of my blue chinoiserie adorned the shelves. I tucked in some stems on four of the shelves. Then I added four of my blue and copper-stemmed pumpkins.
That’s how I decorated my fall table with leaves.
Want More Fall Tablescape Ideas?
Just in case you need more ideas for a fall table, here are some winners from years past.
- Outdoor Fall Tablescape with Harvest Colors
- Black and White Fall Tablescape with Rustic Flair
- Casual Navy and Copper Fall Tablescape
Ingredients for this Fall Table with Leaves
I hope that you will Pin this fall table with leaves idea to your Tablescape Boards.
Please visit Ann at Corner of Plaid and Paisley and see her pretty table.
Everyday Living – Anxiously Awaiting Autumn’s Arrival
Panoply – Ready for Fall: Game On Tablescape
My Thrift Store Addiction – Simply Elegant Velvet Pumpkin Fall Tablescape
Me and My Captain – Shine On Harvest Moon
Home is Where the Boat Is – Cusp of Fall with Woodland Friends
Hyacinths for the Soul – Whoooo is Ready for Autumn?
Debbee’s Buzz – Alfresco Brunch Peacock Table & Napkin Fold
My Hubbard Home – Country French Autumn Table Using Classic Red Toile
Pandora’s Box – A Yellow Table for September
The Painted Apron – Early Fall Pumpkin Patch
From My Carolina Home – Autumn Apples Tablescape
Celebrate and Decorate – A Fall Tablescape in Shades of Blue
Living With Thanksgiving – Fall Vibes
Dinner at Eight – Mums Lead the Way to Fall
Thrifting Wonderland – It’s Time for a Fall Tablescape
The Bookish Dilettante – Back to (Art) School
Life and Linda – Welcome Fall
Bluesky at Home – How to Decorate a Table with Fall Leaves
Corner of Plaid and Paisley – Fall Tablescape – Autumn Gnome
Red Cottage Chronicles – Cozy Up Around an Autumn Dinner Table
Perfect fall table, and your use of real fall leaves is brilliant.
Just wonderful. Elegant, simple and perfect, and possible for anyone, like me! Thanks!
Pretty table! The leaf plates are too cute and I am off to that site to check out options, (as if I need more plates!). Cute napkin ring!
Carol, Trader Joe’s has the best florals–wish one was located closer to me! I love the way you used fall leaves around your table. Happy Autumn! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction
Very nicely done. Carol! The leaves are definitely one of the first signs of fall, with cherry trees dropping theirs first, and many more following, especially with rain storms. The plates you found in Boone are really cute. Those soup bowls had me tricked for a minute, their dimensional quality was hard to see and I thought they were plates. At an angle, though, I could see the lip. Your guests will certainly enjoy the look you’ve put together for your dinner party, and the vassilier looks stunning with the complimentary blues and oranges. Thanks for joining the blog hop, and happy September!
The leaves compliment the blue chinoiserie in your dining room so prettily! The copper and blue pumpkins are super-cool, too. You have chosen a pretty theme, and you’ve used the leaves very creatively, especially the coaster idea. Your centerpiece is so stunning, and the gold container is perfect for a fall tablescape. I am inspired!
Carol, your table is perfect for fall. Falling leaves indicate fall is coming. Your flowers are beautiful. Gotta love Trader Joe’s flowers. The napkins look fabulous with the leaves. Your vassilier looks so pretty decked out with your blue chinoiserie . I adore your blue adorned copper pumpkins. Always a pleasure joining you on these fun blog hops.
So bright and happy Carol, I love the Fall leaves theme! Your centerpiece is perfect and aren’t you clever to use real fallen leaves as coasters! Tying the napkins with a leaf is a simple and brilliant way to tie everything together~ and the texture mix really feels like Fall~lovely!
Carol, your table has a wonderful crisp,simple, elegance about it. I can see friends enjoying wonderful conversation around your welcoming table. I am a sucker for sunflowers, so I love your centerpiece! Plus I love the leaf napkin rings!! Happy Autumn🍂🍁🍂
Carol, your leaf theme is perfect for fall. The plates from Boone are so cute. I love the centerpiece and the use of leaves for coasters is a great idea. Isn’t it fun to take a walk and come back with twigs and leaves that can continue your theme. It is always a treat to hop with you. Happy September!
Carol, I like to use real leaves on the table too. I have some scattered within a vignette on the side entry table now. Darling idea with the napkin tied with a leaf napkin ring. I’m saving that idea! Happy Fall!
It is so nice to incorporate natural elements in a table setting and using leaves was a great idea. I liked the simplicity of the single leaf on a white background for you dessert plate. It allows the eye to rest and just enjoy all the elements. Adding leaves to your blue and white dish display ties everything together. Happy Fall
The leaves are so pretty Carol. Trader Joes recently opened a store nearer to me and I was delighted. Love the DIY. Happy September.
Love your fall leaf theme at your table Carol! What I really can’t take my eyes off of is your vassilier with the pretty mix of blue from your chinoiserie and pumpkins, paired with copper and bright orange leaves. As always, it’s a treat to join you at the table and hop with you. Happy September!
Carol, like you I love to forage for plant life and use it in my decor. And, walks around the neighborhood can turn up some fun finds. Your table looks ready for an early fall dinner with company coming!
Carol, You are so good with DIY projects and step-by-step tutorials.
Your picture is fabulous.
Happy September and hoping fall will come soon.
Lovey Carol! I love decorating with leaves and this table design is perfect. Happy fall friend. XO- MaryJo
Carol, Your table is the perfect hint of the coming season of falling leaves. The leaves you used on your napkins are particularly lovey, but I have a soft spot for oak leaves. I found it so interesting that you have colorful leaves falling, as we don’t get any color here in Florida. The white backdrop of dishes and flatware is a nice contrast to the bright colors of your floral centerpiece! Happy September!
Carol, I’m glad you followed the advice of the design fairies! Fall is all about the changing leaf colors and you’ve captured them on your table so charmingly. It’s such fun to combine new things with those you already own and create something new! Have a wonderful week!
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