Entertaining : Rustic Fall Table

Rustic Fall Dinner party

Are you ready for Fall? I am SO ready for cooler weather, a normal schedule, and all the seasonal entertaining opportunities that come with it. That’s why I decided to create some ideas for a rustic Autumn supper, inspired by fall invitations at PaperDirect. I often say what a great starting point an invitation can be for design, and I liked these because they are simple and versatile.

I think you’ll get some nice styling ideas from this rustic tablescape, and I’ll be sharing all my key points below. Keep in mind I purchased nothing new for this {except the food & flowers of course} and put it together with TIME and BUDGET being very important considerations.

rustic fall entertainingFall place settingfabric name tag on spice tubeburlap & bamboo pick napkin wraprustic centerpieceFall hard cidercheese, bread, and spice basketrustic Fall tablescape

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Fall Dinner Party Tips:

  • To provide a foundation I used a flannel throw as a tablecloth. It provides instant warmth and seasonal style.
  • Nothing says ‘rustic’ like my vintage soda crates {I just love them so}. I think I use them every chance I get. This time I placed one in the center of the table and utilized the compartments to hold bottles filled with flowers, antlers & feathers, candles, and decorative balls. It’s so eclectic and unexpected, but makes a great centerpiece.
  • My place settings usually start with basic white plates, but this type of entertaining doesn’t call for fancy layers. I did add interest with the berry baskets though! These make fantastic holders for bread, cheese, and a spice tube.
  • To ‘dress up’ the items in the basket I began by laying a strip of cheesecloth inside to drape over the sides and soften the edges. I wrapped mini cheese rounds {Babybel} in brown craft paper and used stamped letters to spell “cheese.” I used refrigerator French bread dough and cut it into 4 equal pieces before baking. This provided the perfect single portion size. I placed them in small white paper sacks and folded down the top for a rustic market feel. Finally, I filled plastic tubes with a seasoning blend, and tied on name tags to act as place cards.
  • Guests can eat the contents of the basket as part of the dinner, or it can be used as a favor for them to take home.
  • The name tags were made using canvas tags from Hobby Lobby, and they can also be reused by guests.
  • I rolled the utensils up inside the napkins and made a napkin ring by wrapping a strip of burlap around and securing it with a bamboo pick {I kinda LOVED this detail}. A matching bottle band was used in the centerpiece too.
  • Finally, I had to include Fall themed bottles of hard cider as the beverage of choice. The label was just too cute not to use them!
  • In planning this party in my head, I thought it would lend itself perfectly to a casual gathering of friends. Serve something rustic like beef stew, chili, or homemade soup. Any of those would pair well with the cheese & bread, and the hard cider.

I had so much fun designing this rustic supper, and thanks to PaperDirect paper designs I was inspired to put something unique and fun together. When we used to host our yearly Christmas parties, I would often use their invitations that you print on yourself.

I hope I’ve inspired you to celebrate Fall!



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Disclosure: This sponsored post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. I was compensated for my time investment and work on this campaign. Thoughts are my own.

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  1. says

    I love this. The Woodchuck Cider is a cute touch. Groundhogs are one of my favorite animals. :) The entire table setting is beautiful.