I am not one for “tablescapes.” They’re just not my strong suit and I think things always look best when you play to your strengths and recognize your weaknesses. So today I’m showing you how to set an untablescape as part of the Seasons of Home tour I’m doing with a few blog friends (scroll down for links to everyone!). We’re not doing a typical fall house tour but rather just a peek at a spot in our homes where we’ve brought a little autumn spirit inside. The table setting I put together is simple and chic, mixes high and low, and will have you ready for fall entertaining in no time! Let’s take a peek at how this easy fall table setting came together, and then be sure to check out the video below to see the whole process. You’ll also find a source list for the items I used, or similar ones, at the end of this post.
If you missed the post last week about my new dining room rug (which is currently 50% off plus you can get an additional 15% off by clicking the Rugs Direct ad in my sidebar) make sure to check it out HERE.
This room still does not have a single thing on the walls – I’m having serious nail hole commitment issues due to the glorious grasscloth wallpaper – but that does not stop me from having people over for dinner parties! I decided very soon after we bought this house that I would not wait until everything was “finished” to entertain. First, because that won’t happen for years, and second, no one cares!
My favorite way to set a dinner party table is with a mix of my nicer dinnerware and everyday pieces. The carved wood bowl, bittersweet berry clippings from the yard, and everyday soup bowls keep things casual, while the bone china plates, my nice flatware, and some classic candles in among the branches elevate it all above the everyday just enough to feel special, but not stuffy.
I had some eucalyptus branches leftover from my fall home tour that I tucked in among the bittersweet.
I like to place a colorful napkin right on top of the plate to break up all the white. White dishes are, and always will be, my favorite, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to add color elsewhere! Pale aqua recycled glass water glasses are another of my favorite ways to add a little subtle color to the table.
I put together a short video to show how super fast it is to put together a look like this. Granted, part of the video plays in fast forward…but you really could put this whole table together in 5-10 minutes!
Here’s a source list of the items I used for this table setting, or similar ones if they aren’t made anymore.
Vera Wang bone china dinner plates
porcelain soup bowls
Kate Spade flatware
aqua recycled glass tumblers
stemless wine glasses
unscented pillar candles
Make sure to visit all the Seasons of Home ladies to see how they brought a touch of fall into their homes too!
Shades of Blue Interiors
Thoughts from Alice
Clean and Scentsible
The Chronicles of Home
Rooms for Rent
Finding Silver Pennies
Town and Country Living
Rebekah:Charming Imperfections says
Love that you shot a video for this! I’ve been transitioning to doing more video on my blog and this is exactly what I was going for :) Your table is just darling and inspires me to get on the ball about decorating my own (a weak spot for me as well)
I think letting go of putting that “perfect” table together is so freeing! Just going with a simpler look makes me feel so much better about it all. Thanks for the compliments on the video – I’m trying to work on that too :)
Cassie Bustamante says
beautiful! love the table and love the napkins that add a nice splash of color!
Thanks, Cassie :) I’ve been brainstorming around those napkins a bit – I love the color palette so much I may use it for more than just this table setting!
Julia @cuckoo4design says
You are so so good on camera! Teach me your ways! Love the table too of course
Ha! That is so nice, thanks :) Trying to take Jen’s advice and talk like I’m talking to a friend!
Shades of Blue Interiors says
Cute video! You are so on-trend with all the things. And the tablescape is so pretty! I wish I had bittersweet something fierce now!
Am I? I feel so untrendy with table anything. But thanks :) And thank goodness my mother-in-law pointed out the massive bittersweet vine growing in my yard or I would have let it wither and die unnoticed and unappreciated!
Danielle Driscoll says
You rocked the You Tube video ;) Loved seeing more of your dining room in it too! OMG, I’m in love with those aqua glasses. In love. I can totally relate to the nail hole thing. Though we don’t have grass cloth walls, I still haven’t hung photos in some rooms yet. xx
Aren’t those glasses great? I love that pale color of recycled glass. Thanks for all the nice comments!
Jennifer @ Town and Country Li says
I’m in love with your aqua glasses! They’re the first thing on the table I noticed. You did a great job in the video!
Thanks so much, Jennifer. I love those glasses too – got them years ago and they’re still a favorite!
Anita Diaz @Far Above Rubies says
I love your tablescape! And the rug is just fabulous:-)
Thank you, Anita! Yes, the rug….ahhhh, the rug :) It’s still pretty new and I’m all googly-eyed over it!