Oh, my goodness! Fall is knocking on our door already, and you’re probably getting busy hosting at least one dinner party for family and friends. What better way to set the scene than with an awesome fall tablescape capturing the warm colors and textures of the season? We’ll guide you step-by-step on how to go about creating the perfect fall tablescape. You don’t have to go from one online store to the next to buy the autumn-appropriate décor pieces—JCPenney has got you covered with everything you need to decorate your fall table for dinner parties (both festive and casual). You can use these same steps for creating a Halloween tablescape or Thanksgiving tablescape as well. Simply switch a couple of tabletop decorative items and you should be good to go!
Lay the Foundation
Clear the dining table to start from a blank slate. Then place your first piece, the foundational layer, which can be a tablecloth or a runner. You can choose classic colored or French-stripe table linens or a woven fall runner with dinnerware-inspired napkin rings that captures the right patterns and colors of the season!
Set the Table
Choose pumpkin-themed dinner plates, salad plates, and serving platters, or a neutral color dinnerware set (we have plenty of options to explore) that can be used for any season or holiday, including a thanksgiving table setting. You can layer the dinner plates with wooden charger plates and add these adorable soup bowls to the dinner plates. Next, place the silverware and you’ll be all set.
You can further read this buying guide to know how to set silverware on a table along with the glassware and dinnerware. It answers all the queries you may have in mind, like how to set a table for Thanksgiving, what dinnerware goes where for a casual brunch or a formal dinner, and so on.
Fill in with Other Dining Essentials
Once the dinnerware is set, add other essentials like salt and pepper shakers, lazy Susan, and a cupcake stand. Don’t skip the glassware either. Remember to place a crystal glass for water and a champagne flute or wine glass, depending on what drink you’re serving.
Arrange the Centerpiece and other Larger Décor Pieces
Set the tone of the party with meaningful seasonal pieces like this harvest floral arrangement and garland with orange pumpkins. You can even set large glass jars and fill them with cosmos, ranunculus, alliums, and other autumnal florals. If you’re in the mood for some DIY, hole punch dry leaves with a small, heart-shaped puncher and fill the confetti into the glass jars. It’s fully biodegradable and so cute! Lastly, place these pillar candle holders around the floral arrangement. Light the candles when you’re ready to serve. Optionally, you can use LED candles that reflect the same warm glow as fall candles.
Complete with Small Tabletop Decorative Pieces
Now that the dinnerware is set and larger decorative pieces are placed, it’s time to fill in the remaining spaces. Get creative and adorn the table with pumpkin tabletop decor, maybe some gnomes or even mushrooms.
Apply these easy tablescape ideas and create a lovely table setting for fall that will encourage your family and friends to feel comfortable and enjoy the lovely season. We can’t wait to see what this inspires you to create. So, do share photos of your fall tablescape with us by tagging #AllAtJCP. Then follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to see if you are featured.