A casual fall tablescape

I had planned to visit Pier 1 this weekend because of their event called Style Destination.   They gave ideas for table settings, bookshelf styling and ideas using string lights.  I seriously enjoyed it.  Partly because my mom came with me and partly because I won a $10.00 gift card during the random drawings!  It also gave me a chance to pick up a few things and play around with a casual fall tablescape.

We are definitely a casual family so when I style a tablescape in our breakfast or dining room, it stays only for a short time.  Why go to all that work?  It’s fun!  Plus the centerpiece stays so it’s still pretty.  It’s just the dishes that get put back in the cabinet.  We eat out a lot and I might forget to dust the dishes then accidentally plop food on them when I do actually cook – guh row dee.  And I haven’t forgotten that it’s still summer but I want to give you a few fall ideas so in the near future you can do a tablescape of your own.  😉

Casual fall tablescape starting with a table runner from Pier 1

Pulling a Tablescape Together:

I started with an inspiration piece.  Something that would coordinate with the white pumpkins I’d already made.  (If you’d like to see them, click here)  I chose a table runner.  You can use a plate, a napkin ring, floral arrangement; just about anything that gives you a place to start (the inspiration).

I love this table runners color and texture.

Fall table runner from Pier 1 in soft colors for a casual fall tablescape

You don’t have to use orange and red for fall decor.  The colors in this tablescape are soft blue-green, whites and buttery golds.  But the plates have just enough pop to bring a vibrancy which pulls things together.

Pier 1 fall place setting for a casual fall tablescape

The woven place mats add texture and pull the similar color from the leaves and edges on the fall plate.  The soft green and gold pumpkins in the plate coordinate with the colors in the table runner. Can you see how it’s all coming together?

Fall plates for a casual fall tablescape

green blue napkin ring used in a casual fall tablescape

White pumpkin with doily and antler for a casual fall tablescape

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Something Pier 1 mentioned was placement of your napkins and napkin rings.  She said we could put it in the middle of the plate, stacked in a glass or place them on the side.  In this instance, I chose to add mine to the top right corner of the plate.  You can see the plate is too cute to cover up.

Pier 1 fall plate


Just add a few more things to your centerpiece that are similar in color and keep things symmetrical.  Keep it even on both ends and an odd amount.

a casual fall tablescape using a soft color pallete

During the demonstration I asked where the proper placement was when you take the napkin ring off the plate.  She said she doesn’t like a cluttered table so she uses a bowl somewhere on the table and instructs guests to put the napkin rings in the bowl.  Since I only have 4 rings, I added a small vintage plate for mine but keep wondering why in the world haven’t I thought of that?!  I can see how pretty it would be if you had 8 – 10 guests and the napkin rings were hydrangeas or some flower.  Boom Bam – an instant and very nice centerpiece!

Vintage toile plate holding napkin rings in a casual fall tablescape


What did y’all do this weekend?  Did you put together a casual fall tablescape or redo the mantel?  Maybe sit out by the pool and get a tan?  Did you build something or complete a DIY project?  Let me know!






  1. Pamela S Williams
    August 21, 2017 / 7:45 am

    Love! Love! Love The beautiful table runner!

    • August 21, 2017 / 10:15 am

      Thank you Pam! It is a pretty one and you can find it at Pier 1.

  2. August 28, 2017 / 9:19 am

    I have never been a huge fan of traditional autumnal colors so I just love your tablescape of soft shades of aqua, white and tan. Have a beautiful week!

    • August 28, 2017 / 9:47 am

      Thank you Laura! Guess what is on my list of Things To Do this week? Organize my decor closet! Not sure I’ll get to it since the list is long but at least I’ll be thinking of you – 😉 Hope you have a great week too.