I started with a green-and-white checkered cotton tablecloth on my kitchen table. The green checks evoke the feel of the country or a farmer’s market which is appropriate to the season. Then I added my plain white dinner plates, cups and saucers, pewter flatware and clear glasses as the basis of my tablescape,
To jazz up the basic table, I took green cotton napkins and folded each in a triangle and laid it with the long straight edge at the top of the plate. Then I added a colorful fall silk leaf on each napkins. The fall color of the leaf really shows up against the solid green color.
For the centerpiece, I took several faux pumpkins I had to group in the middle of the table. I had a large and a smaller pumpkin made of wood. I also used three cream-colored straw pumpkins. These items I found at Michaels, but you might find similar fall pumpkins or gourds at other craft stores. These fall accessories are inexpensive and are usable from year to year. You could also use real pumpkins and gourds in fall colors which can be found at your local grocery, farmer’s market or pumpkin patch.
Under the pumpkins I used fall-colored silk leaves to perk up the color. If you have children who could collect fallen leaves from the yard or park for you, they would work. You may want to iron the real leaves to keep them from curling up, or you can laminate them between two sheets of wax paper.You can use a tablesetting like this all fall to keep your family in the spirit of the season. You can make your own adaptations to go with the colors of your dishes and table linens. Enjoy!