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80+ Fall Table Decor Ideas and Photos

Last Updated: Nov 2, 2018

As quick as a blink, fall is upon us. Soon you and your family will be gathered around the table sharing a lovely meal and creating new memories together. Did you know that you can take your fall table from casual to elegant with just a few simple decor pieces?

Whether you are preparing for Thanksgiving or just a fun night in with your closest friends, we’ve got a few fall table decor tips to impress your guests! We’ve even included some fun printable place cards to make things a little easier while setting the table

Fall Table Decor Ideas

There are many creative items you can place on your fall table–pumpkins, candles, pine cones and vintage bottles are great additions to your decor. All of these items below are very affordable and can be found in any craft store and flower shop.

Additionally, using bold colors makes a big difference as well. Remember to get creative with your flower choices. Fall does come with beautiful orange hues but check your local flower shop. You’d be surprised at all the different varieties of flowers and greens you can find.

Elements of a Fall Table

Although there are no major rules to setting a table, there are a few necessary elements to keep in mind. Below we have highlighted what you will need for the perfect table setting. Remember, no matter what you are serving, these items are key for a successful dinner party.

A more elegant event such as a wedding usually requires a bit more items: two spoons, three forks, three glasses, three plates and two knives. Check out these guides to get a better idea of what you need, depending on your event.

The elements on your table can vary depending on what kind of theme you have, but the table usually contains all of the following:

  • Table runner or centerpiece – A runner is a traditional accent that runs the length of the table, providing a perfect base for a centerpiece.
  • Plate setting – Whether you are throwing a casual or fancy party, plate settings make the table more inviting to your guests.
  • Silverware – Every place setting should have silverware, unless you are having a buffet-style dinner party. A fork and a knife should suffice. If you are including soup, add a spoon as well.
  • Napkins – A napkin should always be included in your setting. These can be cloth or paper and are usually placed on top of the plates.
  • Glasses – Set two glasses for dinner. One can be filled with water while the other can hold your guest’s beverage of choice.
  • Additional decor – You can add other elements such as bottles, flowers, candles or plants. Twine is also great for piecing things together such as adding a tag to your napkins.

What Centerpiece Works Best?

Depending on the size of your dinner party or the table you have at hand, there are certain centerpieces that work better than others. Below we have highlighted three different centerpiece ideas: grouping, line and standalone.

Line Centerpiece

A line centerpiece can be quite easy to create. You’ll need a personalized table runner for maximum effect, however you can also get away with just lining up items right in the center of the table. It’s fun to create a fall line centerpiece using pretty branches, leaves, candles, and flowers.

Grouping Centerpiece

As mentioned above, a grouped centerpiece works best for square or round tables. Grouping consists of taking individual items such as bottles, pumpkins, cutting board and candles and placing them in the center.

Standalone Centerpiece

A standalone centerpiece is the most common, mainly because you only need one decorative piece to work with. A vase filled with flowers creates the perfect inviting table. Remember to get creative with your flower choices.

Tables sizes and shapes

Whether you have a round, rectangle or square table, your centerpiece should always enhance your decor. Always make sure to not block someone’s view with a large piece that hangs low; larger items should stand tall on the table.

  • Round table – a standalone piece in the center works best since it can be seen from every angle.
  • Rectangle table – a long line centerpiece is perfect for this shape. It allows for everyone who is seated to enjoy all the different pieces to your decor.
  • Square table – a grouped or standalone piece will stand out in a square table. If it’s a smaller table, consider using only two to three grouped items.

As you can see, creating the perfect fall table can make a huge difference when entertaining. Personalizing your table with pretty candles and place settings will create a warm and welcoming environment for your guests. Don’t forget to download our printable place cards!

79 More Fall Table Decorations

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our list below based on what you have on hand, like flowers, pumpkins or other accessories.

Chic Halloween Dinner Table by Sarah Sherman Samuel

Cozy Fall and Wildlife Tablscape by Home is Where the Boat Is

Rustic Toolbox Table Planter by Little Vintage Nest

Friendsgiving Harvest Tablescape by The Sweetest Occasion

Light and Simple Autumn Hosting by Inspired By Charm

Bountiful Harvest Gathering by The Sweetest Occasion

Simple Florals for Fall by Pretty Providence

Abundant Autumn Pumpkin Centerpiece by Home is Where the Boat Is

Boho-Chic Runner of Florals by Megan Welker

Fall Cork and Color Blocks by Inspired By Charm

Elegant Autumn Table Tableau by Be My Guest with Denise

Serene Table with Autumn Blooms by Living with Liddy

Rustic Basket Pop of Color by The Lettered Cottage

Garden Greens Fall Tablescape by Table and Twine

Rustic Printables for Fall Table by Ella Claire

Crist and Neutral Autumn Table by Liz Marie

Chic Floral Pumpkin Accent by Lolly Jane

Country Home Fall Table by Ella Claire

Simple and Elegant Harvest Table by Jennifer Davenport

Neutral Autumn Charm by Little Vintage Nest

Elegant Dried Hydrangea Decor by Liz Marie

Festive Fall Succulent Centerpiece by Pretty Providence

Thankful Friendsgiving Placemats by Ella Claire

Quaint Rustic Centerpiece by Lovely Etc.

Woodland Florals and Autumn Florals by The DIY Mommy

Vibrant Fall Pumpkin Table by Poppy Talk

Easy Gourd and Wheat Centerpiece by Domestically Creative

Multi-Tiered Table of Fall Warmth by The Lettered Cottage

Neutral and Soft Farm Fall Table by The Lettered Cottage

Pumpkin Cornucopia Tablescape by Stone Gable Blog

Deep Country Blues and Slate Tablescape by Lia Griffith

Mixed-Patterned Country Charm by Hey There Home

Gold and Neutral Woodland Centerpiece by The Home I Create

Minimalistic Blues and White Fallscape by Two Bees in a Pod

Easy Hand-Painted Pumpkin Centerpiece by Lolly Jane

Lush Green and Gold Fall Tablescape by Blue Door Living Blog

Simplistic Country White Fall Table by The Happier Homemaker

Fall Teapot Breakfast Nook by The Crowned Goat

Autumnal Cabbage and Greens Centerpiece by Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss

Rustic Formal Elegance by The Grace House

Playful Pile of Fall Pumpkins by The Wood Grain Cottage

Farmhouse Chalkboard Runner by A Thoughful Place Blog

Natural Farmhouse Pumpkin Charm by Little Glass Jar

Harvest Spread with Plaid and Pumpkins by The Crowned Goat

Classic and Cozy Dinner Table by A Thoughful Place Blog

Rustic Country Centerpiece by Little Glass Jar

Sunny Tablescape with Yellow and Gold by Up to Date Interiors

Simple Farmstand Tablescape by Little Glass Jar

Apple Harvest Brunch Table by The Crowned Goat

Minimalist Farmhouse Dinner Table by Naptime Decorator

Rustic Charm with Painted Plates by Lil Lu Boo

Grains and Greens Tablescape by A Thoughful Place Blog

Spooky Black and White Holiday Spread by The Beuaty Dojo

Soft and Neutral Fall Runner by Time to DIY

Vibrantly Wrapped Wheat Centerpiece Craft by Inspired by Charm

Soft White Table with Pops of Pattern by Simple Nature Decor

Easy Autumnal Table Garland by Good Morning Loretta

Rustic Simplicity With Pumpkin Centerpiece by Run to Radiance

Colorful and Classic Early Autumn Table by Up to Date Interiors

Autumnal Seaside Spread by Starfish Cottage Blog

Bohemian Halloween Tablescape by Amber Shirley

Enchanting Autumn Table Design by Our Crafty Mom

Crocheted Pumpkin Centerpiece Craft by Make and Do Crew

Cozy and Colorful Fall Table by Love and Renovations

Fresh Apple Candle Décor by Little Green Notebook

Cozy Bohemian Knits and Florals by The DIY Mommy

Soft and Vibrant Fall Table by My Creative Days

Wheat-Filled Mason Jar Fall Décor by View from the Fridge

Elegant and Bountiful Dinner Table by Inspired By Charm

Tri-Colored Crafty Fall Table by Hey There Home

Fallen Leaves and Woodland Creatures by The DIY Mommy

Fall Harvest Bouquet and Tablescape by The Moutain View Cottage

Elegant Purple and Green Fall Table by An Oregon Cottage

Stylish and Vibrant Fall Tablescape by Pizzazzarie

White Pumpkin and Harvest Dinner Party by Inspired By This

Indoor Fall Picnic Table Display by Two Bees in a Pod

Fall Centerpiece with Warmth and Simplicity by Time to DIY

Outdoor Splendor with Greens and Golds by Mostly Living Things

With all the inspiration at your finger tips, think about how you can decorate other rooms in your home in a fall theme. Add your own spin by painting gourds in your favorite colors or pairing your table with a personalized tablecloth. However you decide to decorate for fall, make it fun and memorable.