Glittering Fall Table Setting and Centerpiece Ideas

Designer Erinn Valencich shares tips for setting a Thanksgiving table that balances natural elements with the gleam of metallics.

  • Add a Touch of Glitz

    For a sophisticated but not over-the-top look, balance the sparkle of metallics with natural elements, like fall branches or fresh fruit. Erinn's Tip: \"Metallics add a great modern touch to a fall tablescape. Deep copper and bright bronze are a lovely additional to a traditional table. I prefer to bring in natural, textured elements like these seed-beaded placemats so the table doesn't get too glitzy.\" Photo courtesy of Bobbi Fabian. See more of Erinn's designs in HGTV's Designers' Portfolio.

  • Contrast Materials

    A humble pinecone adds an organic touch to each place setting. Erinn's Tip: \"Have fun with materials; contrast ceramic with glass, wood and gleaming metal. Forgo the old standby tablecloth and opt for glamorous, polished silver chargers and chocolate-brown linen napkins.\" Photo courtesy of Bobbi Fabian.

  • Fall Tablescape

    Bountiful Centerpiece

    Set the stage for an unforgettable Thanksgiving feast with a centerpiece that exemplifies bounty. A ghost-white pumpkin, chunky pillar candles and metallic-painted gourds add sparkle. Erinn's Tip: \"Create a table that's casual and warm with a modern twist. Play with colors of chocolate, taupe and birch contrasted with crisp white.\" Photo courtesy of Bobbi Fabian.

  • Simple Sophistication

    This place setting layers basic elements to achieve an extraordinary effect. Erinn's Tip: \"A set of white plates is a great standard to have for your year-round table. You don't have to get something special out just for the season. It's all in the presentation — a crisp linen napkin folded into thirds and laid under a bronze glass plate topped with a miniature pear sets each guests' plate off with style for very little money, time or fuss.\" Photo courtesy of Bobbi Fabian.

  • Gleaming Glass Accents

    Golds and ambers pair beautifully with the traditional browns and oranges of fall. Erinn's Tip: \"Glass vases can be found very inexpensively in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes at your local housewares store. They're fantastic for adding a splash of luminescent color to the room. So go wild! Bring a bunch home, try them out and return what you don't use.\" Photo courtesy of Bobbi Fabian.

  • Opt for an Aromatic Centerpiece

    Who said a centerpiece needed to time-consuming, expensive or even floral? Erinn created this arrangement by grouping scented candles with an earthy potpourri. Erinn's Tip: \"During the fall, natural elements are the best decorations. This potpourri creates a lovely centerpiece and its subtle fragrance is a great addition to the table. Look for large, chunky potpourris and add elements from your own backyard, like pinecones and seed pods, to the mix.\" Photo courtesy of Bobbi Fabian.

  • Play With Scale

    Diminutive pears contrast with elongated stemware for a look that is elegant and playful. Erinn's Tip: \"Slender amber stemware adds height and drama to a simple table while gold pillar candles and votives sparkle as the centerpiece.\" Photo courtesy of Bobbi Fabian.

  • Decorate the Whole Room

    This buffet sparkles with candles and glassware in shades of amber and gold. Natural elements like wood grain candles and a rustic, hand-carved bowl filled with fall apples complete the look. Erinn's Tip: \"When decorating for Thanksgiving guests, don't stop at setting the table. The buffet, side tables and coffee table will benefit from a few fall touches as well. Bring in large branches of fall foliage and place in a tall vase for a seasonal decoration that is chic and free — the best of both worlds.\" Photo courtesy of Bobbi Fabian. See more of Erinn's designs in HGTV's Designers' Portfolio.

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