Cozy Up Around an Autumn Dinner Table

My favourite season is finally here, and I have been looking forward to cozy dinners at our autumn dinner table styled with all the colours of the season.

Welcome to our annual Welcome Autumn tablescape blog hop hosted by the lovely Rita from Panoply. Grab a hot cup of tea or coffee and settle in for the most incredible dinner tables all set for the season! You will find links to the other 19 fall tables at the end of this post.

Fall tablescape with Cooper flatware and a pink orange and purple dahlia centrepiece.

With the summer being so hot and humid, I have been looking forward to autumn even more than usual this year.

Autumn brings with it shorter days and crisp, dewy mornings and crispy leaves. Just the thought of it conjures up visions of coziness. Soft blankets, warm jewel tones, and some of the most gorgeous sunsets.

Today’s autumn dinner table, my first of the season, captures all of those beautiful colours of the season. The coppers, oranges, browns, soft blues, pinks and peaches. With a touch of soft brown reminiscent of the changing leaves and seed pods in my garden.

Brightly coloured autumn centrepiece made with dahlias and zinnias in shades of peach, orange, purple and pink.

In this post, Simple Autumn Tablescape, I give you lots of ideas for using what you already have to set your table. And, that is exactly what I have done here.

I was tempted to go out and and buy amber glassware, faux pumpkins and a few other autumnal goodies, but after “shopping my house” I found almost everything I need to inspire my fall table this year.

My only purchases were flowers and fruit. Both of which I purchase every week anyway, so I won’t even count them!

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What colours to use for an autumn dinner table setting

Each place setting is inspired by an autumn sunset. The dinner plates are a soft shade of an aqua/blue, paired with salad plates that lean a bit more gray. Both set atop an orange charger plate and a natural rattan place mat. A soft brown napkin is layered between the plates.

A spring of berries and felt leaves found in my craft stash bring an extra touch of orange and visual interest to the top of each salad plate.

This time of year the dahlias are in abundance and the colour selection is glorious! Last year I made a centrepiece of dahlias in more muted shades for my Pink and Gold Autumn Table.

Dahlias and zinnias in orange, purple and pink arranged in a turquoise footed bowl.

This year I choose deeper, more jewel toned dahlias to create a centrepiece that echoes so many of autumns colours. I also harvested some blooms that have already begun to dry out from my own garden. Everything is arranged in a soft turquoise footed bowl.

I used the Holly Chapple pillow to help keep the blooms exactly where I want them. I stopped using floral form when I discovered these gems. So much better for the environment!

Copper flatware adds warmth and texture to a table set for fall.

Copper is the perfect addition to any fall tablescape. This hammered copper flatware is similar to mine. I use it all through the colder months. It adds a nice warmth and texture to any dinner table.

Vintage soft amber water glasses on an autumn dinner table
copper flatware and gold rimmed wine glasses on a fall table

My favourite gold rimmed wine glasses passed down from my Nana are paired with a soft yellow, almost amber coloured water glasses I found at an antique store many years ago.

Fresh Fruit is the Perfect Low Cost Table Decor

The farmer’s market really heats up in the autumn. In addition to fresh local grapes and pears, I also picked up some pomegranates and golden berries. Not only do they add to the decor of my autumn dinner table, but they will be enjoyed after tucked in lunches and for snacks!

Add atmosphere to a fall table with candles

A seasonal autumn table with a dahlia centrepiece, 4 candlesticks, and blue grey plates.

Brass and turned wood candlesticks are also thrift store finds. I mean really, how cozy is that?! I love the way the wax had started to drip down the sides of the candles.

Candles burning with wax dripping down the sides.

The glow that candles give add a whole extra level of cozy. Just be sure to use unscented candles, placed in sturdy candle holders. And of course, never leave a lit candle unattended!

A safe option that involves no flame are these flameless taper candles with dripping wax and have a flickering flame just like the real things!

The day I set this table it was dreary, rainy day. I actually loved the light it created across the table. Soft and cozy, just like the season!

Autumn tablescape with a brightly coloured centrepiece in pink and orange.

I hope you have enjoyed exploring my first autumn dinner table of the season as much as I enjoyed styling it!

Other Autumn Ideas You May Enjoy

Pumpkin Shortbread

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Rustic Caramel Apple Tart

Now it is time to visit the other 19 table decor enthusiasts as they share their autumnal tables. You are in for a real treat! As always, so much inspiration.

19 Welcome Fall Tablescapes

Everyday Living – Anxiously Waiting Autumn’s Arrival

Panoply – Ready for Fall: Game On Tablescape

My Thrift Store Addiction – Simply Elegant Velvet Pumpkin Fall Tablescape

Me and My Captain – Shine On Harvest Moon

Home is Where the Boat Is – Cusp of Fall with Woodland Friends

Hyacinths for the Soul – Whoooo is Ready for Autumn?

Debbee’s Buzz – Alfresco Brunch Peacock Table & Napkin Fold

My Hubbard Home – Country French Autumn Table Using Classic Red Toile

Pandora’s Box – A Yellow Table for September

The Painted Apron – Early Fall Pumpkin Patch

From My Carolina Home – Autumn Apples Tablescape

Celebrate and Decorate – A Fall Tablescape in Shades of Blue

Living With Thanksgiving – Fall Vibes

Dinner at Eight – Mums Lead the Way to Fall

Thrifting Wonderland – It’s Time for a Fall Tablescape

The Bookish Dilettante – Back to (Art) School

Life and Linda – Welcome Fall

Bluesky at Home – How to Decorate a Table with Fall Leaves

Corner of Plaid and Paisley – Fall Tablescape – Autumn Gnome

Red Cottage Chronicles – Cozy Up Around an Autumn Dinner Table

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  1. Maureen, you always style the prettiest floral centerpieces and this season is no different. Love the warm colors and natural accents–pinned! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  2. You always create the prettiest centerpieces, and this one has two of my favorite flowers: dahlias and zinnias! Both remind me of late summer and early fall. I could look at it all day! Your other arrangement on your server is pretty, too. I bet when you created this tablescape it lifted your spirits since it was raining. The candles are also pretty….I love EVERYTHING about your tablescape! Your centerpiece with the flowers and fruit reminds me of a Dutch master still life painting. Happy fall!

  3. Maureen, your floral arrangements have such an Old World painterly appeal, I just love them. I do remember last year’s also, and readers should go back and see it again. I love the mix of fruit alongside the draping fronds of the florals, and the dripping wax, you’re right, is so appealing. The moody light was just right for you with the rainy day and candle glow. The solid tones of the plates set a nice neutral palette, and let the florals shine. I’ve not seen the shape of your floral frog, even though one of my Panoply sisters collects and sells many! Thanks so much for bringing your table talent to the blog hop. Happy September!

  4. Maureen, Your table is gorgeous! I love it. The dahlias are indeed stunning. Everything from the flatware, crutched runner, dishes, crystal and candlelight come together beautifully.
    A++ table. Your flowers are just gorgeous!

  5. Maureen, your table is so lovely with your beautiful floral display. It’s the star of your table. I am loving the copper, so rich and elegant. Choosing neutral plates is a lovely touch. The candles glowing are so romantic. The addition of fruit is a nice accessory. Always a pleasure to join you on these fun tablescape blog hops.

  6. Maureen, you are a talented table stylist for sure and your fall tablescape is beautiful. But, what I most look forward to during these hops, is seeing your use of florals. Love how you choose/mix flowers and natural materials, playing with color and texture, and even choice of container. This fall arrangement was particularly stunning! Simply gorgeous, a feast for the eyes.

  7. Your table is just gorgeous Maureen, those flowers! Wow, so beautiful! I love the way you added fresh fruits and vegetables~ the plate stacks are lovely, I like the way you did the napkin and topped the stack with a sprig of berries. Your copper flatware is so perfect and pretty~ I love the cozy Fall feeling you have created here, so welcoming, cozy and eye catching~ Happy Fall!

  8. Sooooo beautiful!!! Maureen, your florals are just gorgeous!! I love the deep, rich colors of the dahlias. You have complimented your fabulous centerpiece beautifully with your plate stack with the simple twig topper! Love the copper flatware. It is a wonderful celebration of fall. Always a pleasure to hop with youHappy Autumn!

  9. Maureen, I was hoping you would have gorgeous dahlias in your floral arrangement. Your arrangements are always stunning. I love the addition of the fruit and candlelight. The plate stack with the sprig of berries on top is simply elegant. The hammered copper flatware is perfect for fall. It is always a treat to visit one of your lovely tables. Happy fall!

  10. Maureen, the dahlias are the perfect colors for fall in my mind. They are so vibrant, almost like jewels on the table. Your arrangement is gorgeous! I let dahlias guide my arrangement for my fall table as well. I added in orange tulips and some other flowers, but the dahlias are the stars. The sprig of berries on the plates is a nice touch. Your table is very welcoming for the new season. Happy Fall!

  11. Maureen, the blues, browns and creams work so well together especially as a background for your wonderful floral arrangements. The colors are truly glorious. Your flatware in that lovely copper is especially appealing in the Fall. The fruit and candlelight work so well with the flowers. Happy Fall!

  12. Maureen you outdid yourself with this year’s table…I love fresh flowers and fruit for your centerpiece and like you, I purchase flowers every week because I feel flowers just make one’s home cozier. The candles are always a nice touch….I have a set of lavender, mauve, pink and grey candles that I use for a more romantic table and yours are right there in romantic vibes. the bittersweet is so pretty on your white plates. Your copper flatware is just the finishing touch. Happy Autumn to you.

  13. Swoon Maureen! What gorgeous flowers!! I love the rich mix of petals and textures from the dahlias, zinnias, hydrangeas and sedum! I use chicken wire for easy flower arranging and your pillow floral cage makes it super easy and is reusable too, so no waste, win-win! Love the color and texture of your pretty copper flatware and ambiance your candles add to your cozy setting. As always, it’s a treat to join you at the table and hop with you. Happy September ♥

  14. Beautiful table, Maureen. Those dahlias, mixed in with the sedum and other flowers make an outstanding centerpiece. I’ve not heard of the pillow floral cage and need to check it out.

    Happy fall!

  15. Maureen, how gorgeous are those flowers?!! I just love those deep colors, particularly at this time of year! Your casual table runner with the beautiful fruits is the epitome of fall for me! I am looking forward to cooler weather also, but doubt that I will see it anytime soon! Enjoy the cozy season!

  16. You have a gift for creating atmospheric table settings. This one is gorgeous, suggesting the cozy fall treats to come amid all the spectacular colors of fall. I love the use of copper — it adds such warmth. The bunched cloth gives the centerpiece additional depth. And the centerpiece is absolutely lovely! Such a treat hopping with you