As autumn arrives with cooler, crisper weather (fingers crossed!), it’s the perfect time to start planning your perfect outdoor dining scene. In this post, I’ll share fall table decorations with easy DIY accents you can make in a day.
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The Pinterest Challenge
Each month, I participate in a Pinterest Challenge hosted by Cindy from County Road 407. The challenge? Take an inspiring photo from Pinterest and create your own rendition at home!
How fun is THAT?
If you’re visiting from Lora B. Create and Ponder, thanks so much for clicking over! Lora always has the coolest vintage vibe in her decor, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know her better through this hop.
It’s always a blast to see how each person’s style shines through, from vintage to transitional and everything in between.
And all of this starts with one Pinterest photo as inspiration…
This Month’s Inspiration: Fall Outdoor Table Decor
Don’t you wish you could grab a seat at this fall outdoor table by Home Stories A to Z?
Yes, I’ll have a Moscow Mule, please!
Beth Hunter is the blogger behind this gorgeous scene, and her fall patio is full of wonderful tips for outdoor entertaining. (Go click over and be wowed!)
Let’s take a look at some of her table elements…
Fall Table Decorations: Key Elements
What do you notice first about Beth’s fall table decor in the photo above?
Here are the main elements that jump out to me:
- A dramatic centerpiece
- Copper accents
- Rustic wood and woven textures
- Grain sack towels
Normally, I try NOT to buy anything new for a Pinterest challenge, but…
Was I thrilled to have an excuse to buy copper mugs? Absolutely.
Fall: A Season for Grace
This is normally the part where I take you through all the elements I incorporated into my table decor and show you how each forms an impression of the Pinterest photo.
Well, bear with me a moment. I’ll get to that eventually.
The Best Laid Plans
This was the plan for my tablescape:
- A rustic table nestled among tall pine trees
- A multitude of white/neutral pumpkins strewn about the table
- Soft rays of sunlight filtering through the trees at dusk
Sounds dreamy, right?
Enter Tropical Storm
I had a plan…until a tropical storm came to town. My city received 10-15 inches of rain within a matter of days!
(I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have survivor guilt sitting here talking about a fall tablescape when many others experienced flooded homes.)
So is my tablescape exactly what I had envisioned?
No, not exactly. I couldn’t get out to pick the cutest white pumpkins or stick our table smack dab in the middle of our (very muddy) back yard. BUT do you know what?
It’s absolutely perfect, just the way it is.
It reflects the reality of adapting to circumstances that are beyond your control. Giving yourself grace. Being thankful for what you have.
I had about an hour after the rain stopped to stage this thing and snap photos before dinnertime.
Now, let’s get on with the fiction of what the camera shows…
Bright Copper Accents for Fall
As I mentioned, I did break down and buy a set of hammered copper mugs, which are quickly becoming one of my favorite purchases.
For the fall centerpiece container, I improvised with a copper ice bucket, which I also used in my recent mimosa bar decor.
Natural Fall Accents and Woven Textures
While the flatware in this tablescape is nothing to write home about, it’s easy to dress up a place setting with a sprig of real mint and natural jute twine.
Plus, the scent of fresh mint adds a nice aroma to the table.
Since I don’t own wood slices like Beth, I thought these woven placemats served as a nice way to add texture to the scene.
You’ll also notice the purple fountain grass I clipped for my centerpiece, which also adds some fun texture to the table.
DIY Flour Sack Towels
I have a full tutorial of how to make DIY flour sack dish towels, which I’m using here as table linens.
Stay tuned for the full video tutorial to make your own set of farmhouse towels.
One Last Look
Since I saw a few colored pillows on Beth’s fall patio, I decided to pull in one of my favorite pumpkin pillows for this scene, too.
It helps to add a distinctly fall look to the tablescape.
Do you know what else adds a fall flavor to an outdoor table? Cool breezes and NO MORE RAIN!
Pin it for later!
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