An Early Fall Dinner: Tablescape Ideas

September 17, 2012 | FILED UNDER: Holidays / Parties

Fall is in the air – my most favorite season! There is nothing better than early fall in the Midwest where the temps are in the 70’s, the skies are blue, and everyone is outside taking it all in before it gets cold. I created this tablescape to celebrate the transition from summer to fall.

Fall Table Decor

Early Fall Wine Dinner Table Setting

Early Fall Wine Dinner Table Setting

There are no pumpkins and gourds, or orange and red leaves at this table, but there is still a distinct fall feel to it all. It was fun to do a new twist on the traditional fall color palette by swapping in deep purple, cranberry, and lime green.

The star of the table is the last of the foliage from my garden – a centerpiece of cranberry flecked sedum, deep colored coleus leaves, and dark purple sweet potato vine:

Fall Foliage Centerpiece

Read on for a step-by-step tutorial on how I pulled the table together!

Ideas for Fall Table Decor

For this tablescape, I kind of figured it out as I went along. Here’s what I did:

Early Fall Wine Dinner Table Setting How-To

1. Unrolled a piece of brown kraft paper as a simple rustic table runner. It’s only $6 for a big roll at Staples (look in the packing/shipping supplies section). I used a similar treatment for our Thanksgiving table a couple years ago.
2. Gathered some some interesting fall-like containers around my house, i.e., this tortoise shell punch bowl and a few gold gourd shaped vases.
3. Went up to the roof to cut some “semi-fall” foliage. The bees happen to love this massive sedum plant and I was a little wary of cutting it as there were no fewer than 20 bees on it at the time! But it is really starting to show its beautiful fall color. It starts off the summer a light green plant and turns into this.
Early Fall Wine Dinner Table Setting How-To

4. I arranged the cuttings in the punch bowl and then filled the gourd shaped containers with a few sprigs from my indoor olive tree and a couple of these strange lime green “fuzzy balls” from the farmers market (that was how they were marked – not sure of the technical name!). They come in tall stalks and apparently dry well. I’m going to try to use them in my fall decor – more on that to come.
5. I felt like the table needed a little something more so I scattered a bunch of wine corks down the middle. I’m always looking for something to do with my ever-growing collection.
6. For each place setting, I took two leaves and a cork and tied it around a cloth napkin with some twine. Then I freehand cut out a monogram from pretty paper to replace the traditional place card.
7. We poured the wine and enjoyed!
P.S. There was a very special reason behind this dinner. My husband’s grandfather Vito Giambalvo would’ve turned 100 that day. To celebrate, his children and grandchildren across the country celebrated with their own big Italian feast in his honor! Here’s our menu – complete with a bottle of Vito Giambalvo wine. It was a very special night and a great way to kick off the fall season!

Fall Tablescape Ideas

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