Simple Autumn Tablescape

It is that time of year again! My favourite time of year for slowing down and snuggling up. I set this simple autumn tablescape to celebrate the start of my favourite season.

It is really feeling (and smelling) like autumn around our home. Not only is it time for our autumn tablescape blog hop, but I have been happily busy in the kitchen baking up some yummy recipes for next weeks Pumpkin Week.

Simple Autumn Tablescape

I managed to sneak in some time to set this simple autumn tablescape for this week’s autumn tablescape blog hop. Every day this week a new group of very talented table styling bloggers have been sharing their vision for the perfect autumn table and you can find all the links below!

Given the hub of activity going on in the kitchen, I wanted a calm and uncluttered table where I could sit down for a delicious meal of my favourite cool weather comfort foods, like this Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Soup!

Simple Autumn Tablescape

Use what you have whenever possible when setting your table

The only things I purchased for my autumn table this year were these pretty plates and 4 tiny pumpkins for $1. The rich tones of plum, orange and a muted green of the plates really speak to the colours of fall. They were only $3 each at the grocery store and I know I will get a lot of use our of them throughout the fall.

How to create a layered place setting for your fall table

Layered place settings need not be formal. And, there are so many combinations the possibilities are endless.

Start with a table covering or opt for placemats, or both.

Ideas for table coverings

For this table I decided to forgo the tablecloth in favour of a soft grey linen runner down the centre of the table and round jute placemats at each place setting.

These placemats that worked perfectly well with this patriotic summer table, also reminded me of the farmers fields still dotted with feed corn yet to be harvested later this fall.

Use charger plates as the base of your plate stack

Charger plates can match the plates, compliment or contrast them.

I used these dark wood chargers I have had forever. Being a natural material, they compliment the natural rattan placemats underneath them. The provide a nice contrast to the vibrant colour of the plates.

Simple Autumn Tablescape

I have created place settings with lots of monotone layers, like this elegant Christmas table from a couple of years ago. And, I have created simple place settings with just one or two elements, like this simple everyday tablescape.

Simple Autumn Tablescape

Layering plates

For this simple autumn table I went with just one plate, as dinner was a casual occasion served family style. This eliminates the need for multiple plates.

If I was serving several courses separately then use as many plates as necessary. For example, you may need an appetizer plate, a salad plate and of course, a dinner plate. Such is the case with this gorgeous black magic halloween tablescape. In addition to the 3 course plates, I added a dessert plate at each place setting too.


Simple Autumn Tablescape

Napkins add colour and style to a plate stack, and again the possibilities are endless. There are so many ways to fold a napkin, but for the most part I like to keep it fairly simple. Layering the napkin between the plates, or tucking them underneath the plate with one end hanging down the edge of the table.

Another simple way to present a napkin and add flare to your plate stack is to simply tie the napkin in a loose knot and place it across the plates.

Add a bit of whimsy

Add some personality and whimsy to each place setting by adding a seasonal element.

A miniature pumpkin adds a bit of whimsy and colour to each place setting, yet took no effort at all.

I have used shiny apples, pears and watermelon slices depending on the season.

Simple Autumn Tablescape

Consider adding something your guests can take home. I added a freshly baked cookie that complimented this Christmas tablescape and it was a big hit. It looked amazing to!

Clear glass stemware finish off each place setting.

Simple Autumn Tablescape

The linen table runner provides a simple backdrop for a low key centrepiece made with hydrangeas from my garden. The hammered copper canister was a thrift store find.

Simple Autumn Tablescape

This big wicker pumpkin I have had for several years and always use it in somewhere throughout the house when decorating for fall.

I spruced it up with a couple of felt leaves left over from this autumn Mason jar project. It is an effortless seasonal element that adds some texture and interest to the table.

Simple Autumn Tablescape

Red velvet cupcakes decorated for fall will make a light dessert. Again, keeping things simple, I purchased these at the grocery store instead of going than making them myself.

I am so happy I decided to keep it simple, and set a calm and cozy autumn table. I am all for an elaborately styled table, but this season it just felt right to keep it low key. It still reflects the autumn season as we settl in to cooler temperatures but warmer colours!

Simple Autumn Tablescape

Now it’s time to check out all of this weeks autumn tablescapes! All the links are below so grab yourself a beverage and settle in for lots of seasonal inspiration!


The Little Yellow Corner Store | A casa di Bianca | Corner of Plaid and Paisley 
My Thrift Store Addiction


Life and Linda | Home is Where the Boat IsSweet Pea | PanoplyEveryday Living


Bluesky at Home | Debbee’s Buzz | The Painted Apron | Celebrate & Decorate 


Living With Thanksgiving | White Arrows Home | Intelligent Domestications | Our Crafty Mom 


Follow the Yellow Brick Home | Red Cottage Chronicles | Zucchini Sisters   | Katherine’s Corner | My Family Thyme

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  1. Maureen, I love your hydrangea centerpiece in the copper container. I love the touch of purple.
    Your hydrangeas look so healthy! Mine are parched from the heat. Those plates were a great find and they look great with the dark chargers and wicker placemats. Adding a simple little pumpkin was very cute and just the right touch. Those cupcakes are to die for and the darling felt leaves are the perfect accent.
    Happy Fall!

  2. Maureen, grocery store??? Those plates are adorable! And the way you incorporated the colors with your drink, pumpkins and floral arrangement are simply perfect! Simple and low key are very good. Now, about that kitchen food fare…….yum!

  3. Pretty plates and so different! I love your clean always unexpected style Maureen, your tables are always so unique and delightful! Love the copper vase of fall hydrangeas and all the orange mini pumpkins, beautiful!

  4. I really do enjoy the simplicity because it means we get to enjoy the table everyday for weeks as we soak in the splendor of the Fall season. I love your mixture of textures and those cute little pumpkins. Nice find with those pretty dishes. Your centerpiece in the copper vase is gorgeous.

  5. Maureen, such cute plates, you never know where you can find darling plates. The pumpkins are the perfect touch. Your hydrangeas are gorgeous, especially in the copper vase. Wicker chargers are always a favorite. The cupcakes are an added pleasure.

  6. Maureen, I love your copper and floral centerpiece! It’s such a pretty color combination. It’s a pleasure to join you on the hop this week! Happy Fall! Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addictio

  7. Your copper vase with your garden flowers makes such a pretty fall centerpiece Maureen. I love the pop of color your beverage adds to pair with your pumpkins and new plates. I have a recipe for roasted butternut and pear soup that is a favorite for fall. As always it’s a treat to blog hop with you. Happy Fall to you!

  8. Maureen, the plates from the grocery store are fall perfect. Your beverage does add a lovely pop of color, as Mary said. I am a big fan of layering and texture which you did a great job incorporating. It is always a please to blog hop with you…Happy Fall!

  9. Your use of both natural elements and vibrant colors really play up your Fall tablescape. I love your beautiful floral arrangement in a more rustic vase. It makes a beautiful contrast between the copper color and the stunning flowers. Your felt leaves, acorns and grapevine pumpkin also give it a rustic touch among the Fall colored plates. Beautiful.

  10. Maureen, I too love your stunning centerpiece with the copper vase and gorgeous flowers from your own garden (envious!). And what a wise buy on those unique, colorful plates that can be used for various occasions and seasons.

  11. The plates you found (at the grocery store, no less!) are just perfect to welcome the fall season! I love the rich colors on them, and you have carried through the colors throughout your lovely table. A simple tiny pumpkin at each place setting is all that is needed to indicate there is no question, that fall has arrived! Thank you so much for joining in once again and sharing your talents!

  12. Those plates that you scored at the grocery store are perfect for fall. They look wonderful with your beautiful centerpiece along with pumpkins. Wish I had one of those cupcakes right now!

  13. Maureen, I love your copper vase. No kidding, I just found a similar piece at an antique mall. The idea of adding leaves to the twig pumpkin is one I may borrow as I have 4 that I’ve had forever. Great layering. I love going easy and simple sometimes too.