Fall Tablescaping

Fall Tablescaping

Every season brings a new opportunity to freshen up the house but something about the Fall makes me want to add décor that can last from October straight through the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Table décor is my favorite thing to do and this year I am loving all things simple, sculptural and fresh. With my business Brooklyn Maison I am responsible for the look and feel of the space for each experience, so a recent trip to the north fork farm stands got my juices flowing as I worked to create the tablescape for our Brooklyn Maison Fall experiences. 

White and neutral colored pumpkins were everywhere, large interesting gourds, wheat, and brightly colored flowers.  I filled the car with whatever interesting items I found and made my way back to the city, corn stalks running the length of the car separating myself and my husband.

I think people get caught up in thinking that orange is the only color for pumpkins, or that Fall means decorating with dark colors like burgundy. But the thing I love most about the neutral pumpkins is that they feel sophisticated and unexpected and work with use whatever splashes of color you want to highlight in your napkins, plates and flowers.  It’s nice to think outside the box when it comes to the color of you napkins using blush tones, blues, or lavender, when you mix in neutral foliage like wheat and barley it can help to make these colors more fall forward.

I love the idea of a cornucopia of food running down a long table for any event, whether an intimate dinner party or a large thanksgiving table.  There is something very luxurious about layers and levels of food, flowers, and candles.  This tablescape was created to seat 30 people using 3 tables of 10. I repeated the center concept of gathered pumpkins and a multi- level food server for the center of each table, then played around with the placement of small floral arrangements and candles.

I prefer simple whimsical flowers and will usually buy 3 bunches of only 3 different types of flowers.  Then using a number of small vessels I deconstruct the bundles and make numerous small arrangements that can be sprinkled throughout the landscape of the table.  There is no need to over stuff the tiny vases, in fact sometimes a simple whimsical stem or 2 is all you need to make a large impact.

To set up the bar I ordered burlap table cloths from amazon and covered a simple 6 foot pop up table with the tablecloth running to the floor. I scored and an amazing wooden trough at the pottery barn outlet for 75% off retail which I filled with ice and used as a beverage cooler. Food for thought: don’t get hung up on what something is being presented to you as…try and imagine all the ways you could use it. I was also excited to find a rustic beverage cooler on a stand that can be used for many a party.

Everything you see on the table could take you from an October dinner party to your thanksgiving table with the exception of the fresh flowers, but those can be purchased a day or 2 before your event at any farmers market for under $50 and will usually last at least a week. 

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