Rustic Fall Tablescape Ideas

fun fall tablescape

Today I’m sharing my ideas for a Rustic Autumn Tablescape that can be used for ANY occasion. Some key items that make this great for Thanksgiving are the small printed banners placed on the table and the Lucky Wishbones” at each place setting, but you could also create banners that say “Happy Anniversary/Birthday”or “Congratulations” instead.

The brown and aqua color palette is the perfect base for vintage details, and seasonal flowers. Check out all the design details and read my tips and favorite recipe suggestions at the bottom.  Make sure you take a look at this entire Autumn Entertaining Series for more ideas and recipes.

  • The same paper embellishments used in the wine & cheese bar are carried over to the tabletop. It’s easy to add details here and there which add lots of style to the table. For the overall look I chose an eclectic mix of books, vases, buttons, keys, and home accents that were already in my home – Easy AND Free! Add $15 worth of flowers and the centerpiece is complete.
  • Each place setting is set with my everyday dishes and chargers, but dressed for the occasion with these FANTASTIC Lucky Wishbones from Brides’ Village. This way everyone gets to make a wish and pull it apart with another guest. These also hold our “name cards” which are crossword puzzles with names written in. A fun way to tie into the rest of the newspaper elements.
  • The utensils are rolled up in napkins and wrapped with a strip of card stock that’s been stamped with a $1 stamp from the craft store. Mini pies are wrapped with news paper, punched scrapbook paper, and bakers twine, and placed at each place – a nice reminder to save room for dessert!

  • Another easy idea to incorporate into the table are the paper wrapped vases. This is a good idea when you have a vase that doesn’t “go” with the rest of the decor. I simply rolled the vase up in a piece of old newspaper print and cut off the bottom so it could stand flat. Tying the paper with coordinating yarn adds a pop of color and holds the paper in place.
  • Finally, I added two cut glass carafes at each end of the table, filled with water. This is one of those ideas we saw a lot of when we were in France years ago. They always served water on the table in a beautiful carafe as opposed to a standard pitcher. I think it adds a retro touch, but also a bit of glamor.

Tips and Ideas to Keep in Mind:

  • Design an eclectic centerpiece using items you already own. Pull together vases, books, decorative odds and ends, etc. Create small groupings of items so it’s almost like you have several mini-centerpieces down the table.
  • Carry out small touches from one area of the party to another using inexpensive items like scrapbook paper, news paper, old book pages, music paper, etc. Use craft punches, rub-on transfers, stamps, and stickers to make your own unique tags and banners.
  • Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be all about pumpkins and gourds.  A few special touches can announce the occasion just the same. Choose things like printed banners & quotes, Lucky Wishbones, or cards to write down what you are thankful for.
  • Wrap mismatched vases with decorative paper to unify a look.
  • Instead of serving one big pie that everyone loves, make individual pies for each place setting.

Now, what is on your menu for Thanksgiving? Here are some of my favorite recipes to serve year after year:

Side Dishes:


  • Pecan Pie Trifle – this starts with a prepared pecan pie but you could make your own if you like. Either way it’s a delicious twist on the classic dessert.
  • Pumpkin Cake – when everyone else brings pie, you bring this cake. Heaven on a plate.
  • Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake – mother in law made this one year and it was divine.


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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Beautiful! Love the colors!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Blue with brown for fall…LOVELY! Such clever touches throughout make the whole ensemble so eye-catching.


  3. Wow! I love the color scheme you chose and the newspaper-inspired details.

  4. I love all your little touches! The color combination is very beautiful!

  5. Just wondering if it would be ok if I shared your tablescape in my Thanksgiving tablescape list. It will have just one of your pictures with a link directly to your post underneath.


  6. super gorgeous!


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