As the evenings begin to cool down enough for jackets, you probably are thinking about autumn dinner parties with friends before or after a football game or an afternoon of apple-picking or antiquing. It isn’t difficult to create an attractive fall candlelight tablesetting with some simple props from your yard, fat candles and table linens in warm seasonal colors. I decided to go with a bare wooden tabletop because the brown wood tones added to the fall look I wanted. Then I chose these heavy woven olive tone placemats. These are some of my very favorites because they are so versatile. The shade of green can work in the fall, Christmas, winter and even spring. Just change out your napkins and you can create a whole new look. The napkins I chose to use are a traditional Jacobean print in greens, rusts and reds. Because I am using my plain white china, I decided to put the napkins folded on the dinner plates and soup bowls to add color to each placesetting. Then I laid the menu cards on top of the napkins. Each guest’s name can be added to the handwritten menu card to also act as a placecard.I used clear glass pilsner glasses because this seasonal meal calls for beer as an accompanying beverage. I have a white set of china, but cream-colored dishes would also work well in this tablescapeThe individual placesettings are rather plain which is good, because the centerpiece is lush and needs no competition. I began the tablesetting with four clear glass candleholders that I have used many times over the years. These inexpensive candleholders can usually be found in local craft or discount stores. They are wonderful accessories because you can use them to create a low centerpiece has a number of flowers or other items tucked in between the candles which can be purchased in a myriad of colors. Their versatility for use on a table or mantel make them usable year after year in different ways.Another valuable trick to these candleholders is that they have a broad flat top on which pillar candles can sit. But they have a smaller hole in the center of the top where you can place a taper candle. So you can get two totally different looks from the same candleholder which is a terrific feature. I decided to use four light sage green pillar candles because they picked up on colors in my napkins. Then I looked around for items to tuck in around the four candleholders. I found some pine cones and dried hydrangea in pale blue-greens which tied in with the other shades of green in the print napkins. Then I layered in some gold wicker balls I have to balance the pine cones and add a bit of zing with their gold color. These kind of wicker balls come in many colors and are wonderful fillers for vases, bowls and centerpieces. You can find them in discount, home goods and craft stores. I use mine all the time–they can dress up almost any look and fill in holes in your decorating. The last items I tucked in to this centerpiece were some fall leaves. I looked in my yard, but none of my leaves had turned color yet. So I used some silk fall leaves in reds, oranges, yellows and greens which picked up on the colors in the napkins and the fall theme of the centerpiece. I like the lush look of the harvest season items, especially the dried hydrangeas which were not as expected as the pine cones and leaves.
Sit down with your friends and family for a warm and relaxing fall meal together by candlelight–enjoy the coming autumn season!