When autumn comes, the colors of the season–shades of orange, yellow, red and brown–fill your vision and are so appealing. Orange is not my favorite color the rest of the year, but in the fall, I love it!! It reminds me of pumpkins and the changing leaves. So that is why I love decorating with pumpkins and leaves because the warmth of fall harvest colors bring forth memories of autumn activities I’ve grown up with! This pumpkin centerpiece tablesetting is one of my favorites.A friend who knows I love tablescaping asked me to help her set a fall table for company she was expecting. I have some woven placemats in shades of orange that were just right for the occasion. I like using the placemats on the bare wood of her dining room table because the brown color evokes the feel of fall as well as the orange.
My rust-colored cotton napkins blended quite well with the placemats and brightened up her plain cream-colored Gibson French Countryside dinnerware. I placed the napkins on top of the dinner plates so their strong color enhanced the tablesetting. Ironically, the napkin rings that I pulled to use have squares on them just like the placemats.
The centerpiece of this tablescape is the most compelling part visually. My friend had two pie-size pumpkins she had bought at the grocery store to decorate with her kids. We decided these would be perfect to use with some orange burlap flower stems I have. Whenever I see special silk flower stems that I think will work in partyscapes I do, I buy them because I know I can get a lot of use out of them. I prefer real flowers and greenery, but in many instances, silk is more practical because the flowers don’t turn brown, shed petals, leaves or needles and is reusable.
Since finding real orangey flowers at this time of year is difficult, I was intrigued by these floral stems because the flowers are made of burlap. The burlap texture adds to the visual interest of the flowers and seem appropriate to the season. Check out your local craft store for fall flower stems of your preference and buy a couple to keep on hand to use alone or mixed with real greenery or fall leaves.
Another handy-dandy decorating accessory to keep on hand is raffia. Raffia ribbon is made from strips of the raffia palm tree, which grows in the East-African country of Madagascar. This inexpensive natural ribbon is available at dollar and craft stores and comes in many colors. It is extremely versatile and great to add a country or natural look to centerpieces, party favors, gift boxes, baskets and more. I tied raffia on the pumpkins to enhance them just like you might tie a regular ribbon on something to decorate it.So brighten up your fall with a dinner table full of color and seasonal flavor! It will make your evening more festive! Enjoy!