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How to Set the Perfect Fall Table

Setting the perfect fall table is all part of the fall decorating experience. If you have a formal dining room with a dining table, you may want to decorate it for the season. Even if you don’t have any dinner parties planned, it’s still fun to decorate the table for the family to enjoy. There are a lot of beautiful ways that you can add a little fall color to your dining table- from simple touches to major changes.
Start with the table shape. Do you have a round table? Adding a colorful tablecloth can make a big impact on a small round table. You can place a lazy Susan in the middle of the table, and build a festive centerpiece on it, or around it. For a long, rectangular or square table, adding a beautiful table runner can have a dramatic effect. It’s an inexpensive way to add some lovely fall color. Table runners come in a lot of different sizes- from full length to mid-runners. Play around with different looks to see what suits your personal style.


To make a major change that will have a big impact. consider using different dining chairs. You can swap out your everyday dining chairs for something new and funky. Opt for a natural looks that you can play up with colorful table accessories. If you aren’t afraid of using bold colors, opt for colored chairs. You can go with fall colors such as reds, yellows or oranges. These colors all work beautifully when balanced with neutrals. If you’re looking to change up the look and feel of the room, this can be a permanent change. Going with red with be festive for other times of the year, as well. Ballard Designs offers gorgeous dining furniture options, including colorful dining chairs.


Tabletop trees can be a striking addition to s simple fall table.Improvements Catalog has these beautiful prelit tabletop trees starting at $42.99. Buy just one and use it as the main focal point of a table centerpiece. You can use small tealight candles in votive holders and natural pumpkins and gourds along on either side of the tabletop tree. You could also use several tabletop trees, and line them down the center of the table for a colorful, continuous fall look. If you want to get really creative, use one tabletop tree at each place setting, and allow your guests to take their tree home, so that they will have a beautiful new fall accent to use in their own homes.

Simple decorating trick to create a quick and easy fall centerpiece, is to use a hurricane candle holder and a wreath. Place the fall wreath in the center of the table. Place the hurricane candle holder inside of the wreath ring. The wreath should fully outline the candle holder. Fill the hurricane with fall accents to make a pretty centerpiece. Use corn kernels, dried peas, dried beans and raffia to create a colorful layered look with a natural ribbon.

Adding table linens in fall colors is another easy way to spruce up your fall table. Use red or deep orange cloth napkins and placemats. You might even want to add a pretty bronze leaf napkin ring to each place setting. There’s really no wrong way to decorate your fall table. Take your cues from your own personal style, and mix it up with fall colors. Let your creativity take flight, and enjoy the results!