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Celebrate the Little Things With these 5 Fall-Ready Tablescapes

This year, as we prepare for fall gatherings and entertaining (or get ready for hunkering down at home with just our families) we’re getting back to basics with earth tones, natural textures, and special touches to make each space feel welcoming and warm. One way we’re infusing this warmth into our homes? Fall tablescapes.

A tablescape is one of those low-cost dining room design ideas that can really transform the look and feel of your space. In fact, if you’re wondering how to prep your dining room for entertaining, outfitting your table with a gorgeous tablescape is one of the simplest ways. They’re a perfect way to bring joy home this season, as you enjoy cozy fall dinners. So, whether you’re hosting a small gathering and looking for Thanksgiving tablescape ideas or celebrating solo—we’ve got a look to inspire you.

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Rustic and Ready to Entertain

Bring on the fall vibes! You can celebrate all the colors and coziness of the season with this rustic tablescape. It’s perfect for the lover of all things fall decor, as it brings in a mixture of pumpkins and pinecones, natural materials, and fall foliage. Plus, a beautiful mix of rich, warm fall colors! (Layering in fall decor is one of our favorite fall decor tips for your dining room.) This is a great look for fall gatherings and entertaining—and makes perfect Thanksgiving tabletop decor.

Tips to get this look:

Start with a table runner in a rich fall hue to help ground the center of the table. Then layer decor pieces of various sizes along the center to create a sense of depth. For the true centerpiece of the table, opt for something natural to soften the look and add a pop of nature.

If you have other surfaces in your dining room, extend your tablescape decor to other parts of the room, like we did here with the credenza and the wreath.

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Cool, Calm, and Collected

This coastal-inspired fall dining nook is the perfect spot for a casual but festive brunch. Natural texture meets weathered woods to create a space that’s full of rustic charm. And a light, neutral color scheme keeps things bright and cheery as the days start getting shorter! This type of simple table setting is perfect for smaller gatherings during the holiday season.

Tips to get this look:

Ground the center of your table with a small centerpiece that doesn’t have a lot of height. That way you can still see the people sitting across the table from you! A bowl of seasonal fruit is a great option. A collection of gourds, pears, apples, or figs are all great for injecting some earthy color into your tablescape while still creating a natural, rustic look. For place settings, layer in placemats and chargers to add depth of texture and visual interest to the tabletop itself.

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A Trendy Take on Fall Tablescapes

Gather loved ones for a sophisticated but laid back dinner with this neutral, trendy twist on fall decor. We veered away from traditional fall decor in this look, and instead opted for white pumpkins and natural accents such as pampas grass. Cane—a very trendy natural material this season, found in these dining chairs—mixes well with other natural materials to create the ultimate trendy-casual tablescape.

Tips to get this look:

This look is all about simplicity and a neutral color palette. Let foliage be a main decorative element in your tablescape, then layer in white pumpkins or gourds in earthy neutrals. Then, bring in some marble pieces—like decorative bowls and vases—to elevate the look, and pair them with ceramics and delicate glassware. Bring in easy natural materials such as jute, cane and seagrass to balance out the more formal look of marble.

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Making Industrial Cozy and Inviting

If you gravitate toward a moody, industrial look, but want things to be a bit more cozy and inviting for fall gatherings, consider this look. The base of the room is quite industrial, but we added organic modern elements to the tablescape, with some natural materials and earth tones (one of our favorite trendy fall color schemes), to give this spread a much warmer look.

Tips to get this look:

Warm up the industrial metals in the room with accents of wood and natural materials in your table setting and around the room—from baskets to woven placemats and wooden bowls. Using a long wooden bowl as a centerpiece gives an organic element to this industrial space and softens the look. Candles scattered around the tablescape will bring added warmth and layered lighting. When hosting guests, give each place setting a personal touch with place cards, and perhaps even a small pumpkin to decorate or take home!

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A Refined and Welcoming Set-Up

Bring comfort and ease to your fall tablescape with some seasonal decor and thoughtful elements. There’s a rustic warmth about this dining room, with the combination of lighter woods, linen, and white dinnerware giving off a refined but welcoming look to this fall table setting.

Tips to get this look:

Center the table with a bouquet of fall foliage to help ground the design. Then, decorate with vibrant pumpkins—both on the table and around the room. Both the fall foliage and pumpkins work beautifully with the light wood of the table. Need a little extra seating for some last-minute Thanksgiving prep? A dining bench is a great way to squeeze a few extra people around the table.

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thanksgiving tablescape ideasA Cozy Tablescape for Virtual Gatherings

Can’t gather for Thanksgiving dinner in person? You can still make a virtual gathering special with some simple fall decor. Whether it’s just you and a partner or friend, or just you virtually joining family members across the country, you can give your intimate table setting and elevated feel with layered table settings for more warmth and texture.

Tips to get this look:

Even if it’s just you, you can still make dinner feel special. Bust out the good cutlery, fancy dishes, and serving platters to make it feel more like an event. If you want some simple fall centerpiece ideas, opt for a petite pumpkin—or get yourself a bouquet of fall blooms for some cheery color! And if you’re joining a video call, be sure to elevate your computer for optimal viewing.

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Thanksgiving Prep: Easy, Last-Minute Tips to Get Your Dining Room Ready

Hosting a Thanksgiving gathering and feeling frenzied? You’re not alone. Between cooking and coordinating, there never seems to be enough time for Thanksgiving prep. But setting up your dining room with the right flow and flexibility can help you easily host a comfortable holiday meal.

If you’re pressed for time, we’ve got some tips that are easy to implement, even at the last minute!

Here are our favorite quick tips to help get your dining room ready.

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1. Accommodate Extra Guests

Be prepared to have a seat for the extra family member or the friend-of-a-friend (who forgot to RSVP) by pulling in ottomans, benches, and stools from other areas in your home.

These moveable pieces are a practical and perfect, last-minute way to accommodate additional guests at large gatherings. Ready a few around the room—guests can perch here with their cocktails before dinner, or simply use them as a spot for placing bags and coats.

 

2. Make Drinks Self-Serve

It’s as simple as pulling in a bar cart to allow guests to stir up their own drinks. Choose an option with casters, AKA wheels, that you can easily move around.

This allows you the flexibility of placing your bar cart in the corner for cocktail hour and then moving it into another room for post-dinner drinks and coffee.

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3. Make More Room to Gather

Expandable dining tables with leaves are perfect for hosting big events. They ensure you’ll never be short on space when having a dinner party, but won’t take up too much room on a daily basis.

Stylist Tip: Choose a rug that’s sized to your table when it’s expanded. We recommend that your entire table and chairs sit fully on top of a rug. You won’t have to worry about the rug getting caught under chair legs as your guests scoot in and out.

4. Eliminate Trips Back and Forth

Just as you would have a drinks station for your guests, create a buffet area on a credenza for appetizers and desserts.

This will keep you from having to make trips back and forth to the kitchen. Not to mention, once dinner is over, everyone knows exactly where to find the sweets and pies. Keep some extra plates and napkins in the cupboards of your credenza and you’re all set.

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