The Season Finale: The Fall Tablescape

My fall checklist is winding down.  The mantel is all gussied up, crotons and pumpkins line the front entryway, and cinnamon filled recipes have been prepared and joyfully consumed.  That “leaves” one decorative detail left to address.  Last on my fall to-do list but certainly not least is thefall tablescape.  I decided to reflect the simple, natural, and casual feel of fall throughout the tablescape.

“Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.”

~Elizabeth Lawrence


I find I am loving and using burlap in many of my decorative undertakings.  Burlap is inexpensive, natural, and an easy material to work with.  A couple of months ago I made throw pillows using  burlap sandbags from Tractor Supply. The form of the sandbag caught my eye and I filed the “eyedea” away in my mental Rolodex.  The affordable bags ($1 each) are perfect for making pillows!  The bottom and sides come sewn together with the top left open for filling.  The more I thought about it, the more I knew the bags would be perfect for another project I had in mind.  I was in full fall tablescape planning mode when burlap genius struck.

Nice burlap sandbag placemats, don’t you think?   I really like this low cost/high impact idea.

I utilized the top ties for securing the place cards.  Inspiration struck once again as I found the decorative feathers from Hobby Lobby.  I placed the feathers through the loop and tucked the ends into the side of the sandbag.  Dave the Builder tipped the pine cone with copper spray paint to give it the all important fall pop of color.


The essence of fall-the pumpkin and the pine cone.


The distinctive colors of the Staffordshire inspired Greyhound statues blend well with the deep, rich colors of the furniture and accessories.


A decorative urn makes the perfect base for a pretty pumpkin centerpiece. Various types of squash, ornamental dried bundles, taper and flameless candles complete the center display.


I include both a cloth and a paper napkin in my tablescapes.  It never fails that someone will ask me for the opposite of what napkin I originally set, so I am tablescape proactive.  It cuts down on the up/down time.  The backstory on the deal of the year salad plates is here.  The table is set for fall to be celebrated with family and friends. I hope it meets with approval.


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10 thoughts on “The Season Finale: The Fall Tablescape”

  1. Great table. Wonderful use of the sand bags. Amazing salad plates. It would be wonderful to have you join me at Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  2. LOVE this Darleen!

    Thanks so much for coming over and commenting – so glad I saw this idea

    sending you an email! 🙂

  3. Darleen,
    So creative and love the use of the textures here. I love that you are using fine collectables on the table and do not worry about having all dishes match. I want the greyhounds! 😉 I need to get creative and source fun collectables for my table. Do you have a good site recommendation to source fun unique antiques. I do not like Ebay!

  4. Beautiful tablescape, Darlene! Love everything about it. The colors are so warm. So sorry I was unable to join your linky party. I just saw your invitation today. We were out of town for a few days. I’ll join next time, thanks!…..Christine

  5. The Greyhounds are great! Heather, I recommend looking in at Ruby Lane and Go Antiques for starters. The selections and price points make these two of my favorites. Etsy is another site with wonderful vintage collectibles.

  6. Darleen,
    You did a very nice job with this table. I am impressed with the sandbags. They are very smart and cute! Thank you for linking up with Home Sweet Home!

  7. your table is beautiful! Not sure where you got the greyhound statues but I’ve seen those before and if they are originals they can sell for around $1000 each (or more). I’m not sure I would want them too close to food 🙂 But they certainly are beautiful and look lovely on your table!

  8. What a lovely commment, Kathy! Thank you for the nice words and I’m glad you enjoyed viewing the tablescape. No, the Greyhounds are not authentic Staffordshire statues, but they are as lovely as some I have seen. Those babies sit pretty until time to serve, and they quickly make an exit. Thank you again, Kathy for your comment- it made my day! Happy Thanksgiving!

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