So long before I knew anything about decorating or Instagram, I didn’t even really know what a tablescape was. I mean I saw pretty tables in magazines and thought “hey that’s pretty”, but I didn’t realize it was an actual “thing”. My table was usually…wait for it…bare! (Insert jaw dropping gasp.) I know right?! So if you are hosting Thanksgiving and are looking for a beautiful elaborate tablescape to wow your guests, then this may not be the post your looking for. Now, if you happen to need a little help creating something simple for everyday, or looking to add an extra element to your table for your kids to mess with…constantly…then I welcome you to read on.
Now take everything off your table and lets start with the basics. There are a few elements that are a must for any tablescape, not just for fall. Our table always has a runner and placemats on it, everyday. I prefer a runner rather than a tablecloth, but we’ll save that for a later post. My runners and placemats are all pretty neutral, shocker I know. So for this tablescape I have chosen a simple blue runner. Yes, blue for fall!? Who does that? Then I have layered some jute placemats to add texture. These are from the Better Homes and Gardens line at Walmart.
Our tablescape for fall is very nature inspired. It consists of jute, greenery, woods and neutral colors. For height, I am using some natural wood pillar candle holders. These believe it or not, are from Christmas Tree Shop and were very inexpensive. I have placed these on either end of the table. For the centerpiece, again keeping it very basic for everyday, I used a simple neutral pumpkin from TjMaxx. To make it a little interesting I placed the pumpkin on a wood slice that I found at Marshalls. Then added some greenery, these are basic greenery stems that were found at Hobby Lobby. I also added some interest to our lighting, by using a simple garland that was also bought at Hobby Lobby. I’m not quite sure I could ever go back to not having anything around the light fixture. I love the extra element it adds to the space.
Last but not least, the place setting. I have used our everyday plates, which are a simple white set from Bed Bath & Beyond and wine glasses from Pier 1. Keeping with the neutral theme, I found these ivory linen napkins at Christmas Tree Shop for a steal. I think they were $3.99 for a set of 4, how can you beat that? The galvanized napkin rings and ceramic white pumpkins are from my favorite, the one and only Target dollar spot. I am sure these napkin rings will be used over and over, I already foresee them being used for the holidays.
So pretty much everything that I have used here was something I either had or found for a reasonable price. It’s one of the things I love about neutral decor, that you can mix and match and reuse season to season. It’s nothing extravagant, but it is something that is festive, easy to achieve, and isn’t breaking the bank. I’d love to hear what you think.