Creating a fall tablescape can be both daunting and expensive. But, if you like to entertain, and want your friends to think you paid a fortune, then follow these simple ideas. I will show you how to recycle, bargain shop, and borrow items to make a gorgeous tablescape you can be proud of, that will take you through theThanksgiving holiday.
First, set a color scheme. Most fall tablescapes have warm, firey colors, like your reds, oranges, golds, and browns. If you don’t have china in this color, then bargain shop at places like TJ MAXX, Marshalls, and Walmart for 8 -12 solid placesettings in one of the above colors. You should check your local resale shop as well. You will be able to use these dishes over and over again for years to come, so it will be money well spent.
Once you have settled on a china pattern, head out to a fabric store like Joann Fabrics, or Hobby Lobby. It is time to find material to use as your tablecloth. With measurements in hand of your table size, buy enough fabric in a warm, fall pattern or plad to accentuate your dishes. The fabric should hang off the table about 6 to 12 inches all the way around.
Use crystal and flatware you already own to complete your placesettings. Purchase cloth napkins at one of the above bargain shops as well. Since these are washable, you will be able to recycle them for future uses. For napkin rings, simply tie the napkins with an inexpensive ribbon, cording, or bendable twigs, and hot glue acorns or dried berries to them. This creates a nice touch.
Borrow serving platters from friends or relatives.
Next, it’s time for the centerpiece. Down the center of your table, from one end to the other, lay leaves, pinecones, and nuts you’ve collected around your yard. Set 3 to 5 pillar candles in different fall colors and sizes among the pinecones and nuts to help create the mood. The candle lighting will help hide any imperfections.
As Halloween approaches, swap out leaves and pinecones for gourds, and miniature pumpkins. Use small Halloween decorations as well. As it gets closer to Thanksgiving, swap out the Halloween decorations for your original pinecones and nuts.
Finally, have a good time. Your friends and family are there to see you, and they will appreciate any efforts you have made for them.