How To Create a Woodsy Tablescape for Fall

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I just love creating tablescapes! There is just something exciting and gratifying to me to shop my home and put together unusual and creative tables.

I enjoy finding ways to design a beautiful and unique table without spending a lot of money.

This month, my dinner club friends and I are sharing our fall tablescapes, and next month will be our Thanksgiving tables.

inspiration for my woodsy table

For my fall tablescape, I wanted to create something very different than I typically do for a fall table, so it would be completely different than what I will create for Thanksgiving next month.

I started looking around my house for ideas and inspiration and decided on a woodland, earthy and outdoorsy themed table.

My beautiful brown transferware dishes, and a couple of deer antlers that were my step father’s started the creativity flowing.

I recently ran across this beautiful brown plaid paper tablerunner that I thought would be perfect with my transferware dishes. Since it is a huge roll, I can use it many times, so it was worth the investment for me.

Another great option is a roll of wrapping paper. If you find a color and pattern you love and it goes with your tablescape, it’s makes a very inexpensive table runner.

I began by laying out my table runner and adding these cute twig placemats that I borrowed from a friend. I loved them so much, I went on a search and found some similar ones to order for myself. Those are linked at the bottom of the post.

fall place settings

For each place setting I started with a large white dinner plate from my thrifted white plate collection. Next, I added a brown transferware dinner plate, topped with a brown transferware salad plate.

linens and flatware

I topped each plate with a white linen napkin and tied with a narrow brown/white striped ribbon. The finishing touch was tucking in 2 feathers that I picked up at my local craft store.

I have been collecting clear glass vintage trays from thift stores for a while. They don’t all match, but are similar in size. They were probably relish trays of some sort.

I lined them with green moss and layed my silverware on top. I think it made a neat statement and added a touch of green to my woodsy themed tablescape.

extra touches to my woodsy place settings

When I was coordinating a wedding several years ago the bride used slices of a tree for the centerpiece decor. When the wedding was over they were planning to toss them all out, and I couldn’t stand it, so I brought them all home with me.

These different size wood pieces have been used so many times in my decorating and even display when I had a shop.

I used them on this tablescape as a coaster for the vintage green goblets. I think they added to the woodland theme so well, and didn’t cost a thing.

Last week, I went around my yard and through my neighborhood and collected these horse apples, grasses (weeds), and acorns.

I sprinkled the acorns and horse apples around the table. The colors and textures added such a beautiful element to the table. And the best part is, I had so much fun hunting for them, and it was all free!

woodsy theme centerpiece

For the centerpiece, I remembered this DIY reclaimed wood candleholder that my husband made out of some old wood I had been saving, and the aged wood color blended perfectly with my ideas for the color scheme of this table.

I put the candleholder down the center of my table and started layering different elements instead of just tapers.

I started with a large amber vase in the center and added those grasses that I found on my neighborhood foraging.

Next, I used 2 smaller amber vases on either end of the candleholder and added a cutting of a pine branch from my neighbors yard.

I love the woodsy feel of it!

The finishing touch to my woodland ourdoor theme tablescape was the deer antlers. I have a few that were my stepfather’s and loved incorporating them into this table.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing how to create a woodsy tablescape for fall!

If you liked this post, you might like this Thanksgiving Tablescape I created last year.

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Suggested materials:

  • Brown paper table runner   (amazon)
  • Acorns   (neighborhood)
  • Twig placemats   (amazon)
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  • Cece Cece 5 days ago

    This is incredible. I like everything about this table. Gotta find some horse apples. Growing up I called them monkey balls. Thank you for sharing.

  • Deborah Lucas Deborah Lucas 4 days ago

    Absolutely gorgeous! I hope you baked your acorns at 200 degrees for an hour. They do have small worms in them that will come out.