11 Easy Ways to Arrange a Festive Fall Table

Hot seasonal hues, warm textures and supermarket food upgrades create a low-key, high-style table setting for fall gatherings.

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August 21, 2015

Try on a New Palette

Buck the trend of pumpkin and chocolate brown this fall, and try on a more unique and woodsy palette. Shades of forest green, gray and cranberry red add warmth and richness to this outdoor fall tablescape.

Add Shades of Gray

Gray is an unexpected fall hue that works well as a neutralizer. Help soften your fall palette by introducing various shades of gray through outdoor accents like draperies, throw blankets and pillows.

Bring in Some Sheen

A touch of metallic around the holidays always adds a festive vibe. Bring some sheen to your fall color scheme by introducing dishware with metallic rims. While silver is always more popular, gold and brass are great options for adding warmth.

Pull in Pattern

Add depth to your table with a mix of patterned fabrics in our favorite neutral hue. Here, the dining chairs are accessorized with light gray throws in a Riad pattern and plaid pillows.

Add a DIY Touch

Add a festive touch to the seating area with a handmade organic garland. This all-natural version is made with a mix of twine, magnolia leaves and acorns. For an unexpected update, metallic paint is brushed onto the magnolia leaves. Learn how to make this magnolia garland >>

Family-Style in the Fall

To help ease the pressures associated with hosting a fall dinner party, this family-style setting allows guests to serve themselves so everyone can relax, chat and enjoy the food at their leisure.

Harvest Florals

Sunflowers aren't just for summer. Bring a golden look to your fall table with freshly cut sunflowers. Group bunches together in bundles of three or four to bring fullness and texture to the centerpiece.

Swap Your Greens

Put a unique spin on your salad by replacing bibb or iceberg lettuce with kale. This superfood is packed with nutrients and tastes delicious with nuts and cranberries (a fall favorite).

Keep It Simple

Looking to put together a fall dinner without any major cooking or prep? Pick up a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket and add your own garnishes before guests arrive. This offers the taste of something homemade without the fuss.

Delectable Pies

Here's a great tip for adding an aromatic touch to your table: as dinner is wrapping up, bring hot pies out to the table on cake stands and cut the first slice while the pie is still hot. The scent of the pie will work as a candle, teasing guests' palettes for what's next on the menu.

Sweets for Later

If your guests can't reap the benefits of dessert after the main dish, offer up some mini pies as take-home treats.

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