Set your Table in Style

This is the season of time spent around the table with friends and family, sharing meals flavored with love and served with a side of laughter and a garnish of shared memories. And while the food might seem like it takes pride of place on your tabletop, that flat surface is a blank canvas for creativity, the perfect way to express your style and show off your festive side.

Believe it or not, it really doesn’t take a big budget or tons of artistic talent to create a stunning table scape that speaks to the wonders of autumn. Depending on your personal style, there are endless chic, easy, and affordable ways to set your table for the perfect fall line-up.

Go Au Naturel If you’re working with a solid wood tabletop that’s beautiful enough to shine on its own, skip the table linens and create a table runner out of magnolia leaves and tea light votives running down the center length of the table.

Metallic Chic Mix metals whose finishes and proportions compliment one another, using them in accent pieces like place card holders, candleholders, and chargers. Contrary to what you might assume, golds and silvers can play nicely with one another; so even if your flatware is silver or stainless steel, don’t feel like you have to stick to that particular tone.

Richly Romantic Fall has a harvest of richly colored fruits, and those fruits make a stunning centerpiece for a table when you incorporate the richness of brass accessories and jewel-toned linens, creating a color pallet that evokes the natural hues of the season.

Go Antiquing Antique heirloom pieces can add just a touch of elegance and historic charm, so use a few items from your own family or find some from an antique shop or a flea market that speak to your personal style.

Put on Your Fancy Pants Use your most ornamental pieces to create a sense of significance. Sharing time with the people you love is a special thing; and by setting the table with your loveliest china, you’ll be creating an occasion that fairly announces how special you consider them to be. Get Casual If putting on the Ritz isn’t your thing, go more casual with clean looking linens and dinnerware that’s simple yet very modern and still seems more unique than your everyday place settings. Arrange flower cuttings in small stem-less wineglasses along the length of the table to add some fresh pops of color and bring a little of the outdoors to your indoor space.

Get Crafty If you have children, have them help you create table accents. Paint some pumpkins white and gold or have them cut out paper construction leaves to scatter across the table.

Add Shimmer and Shine Use gold or silver mesh table runners or placemats at each setting rather than the typical cloth ones and add other accents that catch the light, like metal candleholders or vases and a few blinged-out accessories.

Go Rustic Try arrangements that are hunting lodge chic, like faux antlers or 1small tree branches. Add some rustic themed accessories like plaid flannel runners, and balance it all out with a few feminine touches like dainty votives and smaller arrangements of flowers interspersed throughout.

Be Self-Serving If you’re planning to have your dinner gathering be done buffet style, use that extra surface as another place to set off your style. Add some creative touches like pretty placecard holders identifying each dish and clusters of candlesticks in varying heights, and arrange glassware on fancy trays or chargers that coordinate with the table you’ll be gathering around.

Whatever your style, tablescapes are the perfect way to serve up some seasonal fun.