From Thanksgiving to football games, fall is filled with reasons to celebrate with loved ones and the best way to connect with others is over a delicious, home-cooked meal. Although hosting can be stressful, styling a tablescape can be nice and simple. The dining table sets the mood for the occasion and makes a first impression on guests before they eat, so designing a memorable one is important! Follow these design tips to make your holiday furniture, dinnerware, and decor as amazing as the meal you serve.
Pick your style
No matter what your preference, picking and sticking to a theme will streamline the tablescape design process. If being outdoors is your thing, you may want to use natural and earthy pieces to bring your look together. An easy way to do that is weaving in pinecones and small branches to literally bring the outdoors indoors. Use fall foliage to your advantage! The best part about these items is that you can pick them up in your backyard for free and then use them however you like. For instance, you can arrange small branches in a vase for a woodsy centerpiece, or you can sprinkle leaves down the center of the table with twinkly lights for a subtle accent.
Rustic accents are also great for achieving a homey look. Inspired by an updated farmhouse, this look makes for a cozy, inviting table. Incorporating two polar opposite textures, metal and wood, helps accomplish a modern twist on a rustic look. This intricate tray is a perfect dining accent that brings the woodsy look to life. Pair with metal chargers to bring variety to the table.
Trends can come and go, so if playing it safe is your go-to then a traditional tablescape is for you! Using colors inspired by autumn such as red and gold is an easy seasonal take on a classic look. This 5-piece place setting gives personality to your table with a burst of fall colors.
For the indecisive decorator, combining styles can add personality and surprise to the holiday season. Of course you can never go wrong by starting with special heirloom pieces and designing around them to make your tablescape feel like home.
Invest in essentials
You eat everyday, so it makes sense to invest in a table and chairs that suit you and make you smile. Your best bet for a table is a classic option like this this dark wood table with modern lines that can match any style you choose for fall. Pairing the table with tufted dining chairs will add a touch of comfort during meals and gatherings.
Another piece of furniture you may not realize you need is a bar or sideboard. It’s the perfect place to display yummy treats and store extra plates. This Bunny Williams bar is detailed enough to be the center of attention and offers plenty of storage.
Keeping it simple with your dining furniture choices will allow you to mix up your look regardless of the season or year.
Set the table
With the big stuff out of the way, it’s time to focus on details! Beautiful tableware is crucial to making a lasting impression. Depending on the theme you pick, you’ll want to select corresponding silverware. Gold is on trend and adds a touch of glamour to the table. Mepra has a high quality 5-piece set you don’t want to miss out on. Keeping with the gold theme are these chevron glasses that will make your cocktails, eggnog, or cider look like a million bucks. For the plates and napkins pair white porcelain with white linen to emphasize gold accents.
Create a centerpiece
The centerpiece is the most important (and the most exciting) part of the tablescape and it’s a great place to focus your theme. Again, you’ll want to stay consistent – the key to creating a show-stopping centerpiece is contrast and simplicity. For instance, pairing deep red flowers with a gold vase makes for a sophisticated arrangement that pops.
If you want something unique, stack pumpkins on top of one another and surround them with leaves! For a classic touch, a vintage candle holder will let candles shine and give your room a glowing ambience.
Make a statement
Choosing one or two distinctive pieces for your tablescape is the key to a memorable look. The trick to this is picking something functional as well as striking – tables can get crowded during the holidays! This pumpkin-inspired bowl can hold your gravy or little candies while bringing sophisticated charm to the table. If you want something smaller, these leaf napkin rings can elevate your aesthetic with their brass accents.
If you want more #minefinds for the holidays, check out our Thanksgiving favorites. Once you’re done styling your tablescape for fall, we want to see! Take a picture and tag us on Instagram @shopthemine. Then all you need is the yummy food. If you’re stuck on ideas, check out our blog post with a recipe that’s sure to impress your fall guests.