Last week I held a small event at Simon Pearce on Newbury Street at which I decorated a fall themed tablescape in their store (still there for the next week or so if you want to check out in person!) I really love how it turned out so I wanted to share it with you along with some tips for setting a fall table for entertaining!
My book looked fetching in this setting :)
I based the color scheme on the tones in the napkin and the idea that I wanted a very natural table full of textures and natural elements- linen, glass, wood, branches, fruit and nuts… nothing shiny, fake or fussy. When doing holiday table don’t feel the need to go overly “themed”, natural can be just as interesting!
Sometimes little flourishes are dreamed up last minute- Lindsey tucked these wheat stalks into the napkin rings after we set the table and it was the perfect touch! Also would work well with a nice tall stalk of herbs.
Talking about the tablescape with some partygoers (and my big 8 month belly!)
If you have along table, consider doing a couple floral centerpieces instead of one large one. We used two pitchers to gather together magnolia branches, rosemary and some other leafy branches. Sometimes flowers, especially those that smell strongly like lillies or roses, can interfere with the smell of food- so think about an arrangement like this to avoid that. The only smell is rosemary, which should whet appetites!
And P.S. how fabulous is that decanter? Obsessed.
Centerpieces can also be as simple as filling a beautiful bowl with fruit that coordinates with your color scheme. Here we gathered pears with some funky dried pods and nuts which coordinated great with the chartreuse of the napkins.
You can easily use short runners on rectangle tables instead of busy placemats or a tablecloth that may hide a gorgeous table worth seeing! We draped these linen runners across the table and think they looked modern but elegant.
Also, those amazing leather chairs we borrowed from Mohr & McPherson– only $185 each!
Obviously, we had a ton of gorgeous glassware to use, this being Simon Pearce and all! :) I also stole an idea from my own wedding, which was to tack placecards to pears using gold tipped pins. This would work with a wide variety of small fruit- pomegranates, small tangelos, apples…
More gorgeous glassware and another easy detail- adding a strip of pretty ribbon around any vase to add some interest. Just seal with a drop of glue from a hot glue gun or close with a decorative pin.
Some cool glass molds used on the wall of the shop as art.
Here is the board I had come up with before the event- we stuck to it pretty darn closely. Items used listed below:
Photos by Randall Garnick (except for one or two which are from my phone!)