In this post: Looking for a creative way to bring unique fall style to your table? Try these free fall printables, including menus, place cards and napkin rings.⇒
Did you ever just want to design your own plates?
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve approached a table setting with exactly the look I wanted in mind, only to find that what I envisioned was unavailable. I search local stores, then scour the internet, and even hunt through antique markets, but many times I come up empty.
Prints and patterns are a very personal thing and it’s hard to settle. But it’s not so easy to produce your own plates either.
So instead I found the next best thing.
Since often my tables revolve around one pivotal print, I typically select my salad plates in a pretty pattern and then create the setting around that key piece. This saves money by having to purchase only the salad plates and encourages complexity in finding pieces to complement the primary plate.
But what happens when I can’t find that central plate pattern to define my table?
Tabletop Patterns and Artwork
I’ve discovered the next best thing is to create my own decorative menus and place them on top of the plate stack at each place setting. This way I can develop a tablescape in virtually any theme and I’m only limited by my imagination.
I’m sharing these printable menus further down in the post and they’re completely free!
In addition, for this autumn, I decided to produce a related suite of printables to be used on the table either independently or together.
Besides the menus, I’m offering DIY printable napkin rings. They’re easy to make and add a lovely seasonal note to the dinner table. Simply print out the artwork on heavy white card stock and take care to carefully cut them out. You want to cut right inside the outline so that they maintain their even shape, but they’re meant to be used without a visible outline.
Next use a hole punch to cut holes in the sides, then thread through a satin ribbon and tie them in the back. I find it easiest to keep the ribbon loose and slip them around the napkin first, then pull the ribbon tighter based on the thickness of the napkins.
To showcase the printed artwork I went with a very simple table setting, using classic white plates and natural laundered linen napkins, adding rattan chargers and copper mugs to infuse the table with a note of warm autumn color.
The menus are designed with only the word ‘menu’ printed at the top, leaving space for you add your unique menu choices. You can hand write them if your writing looks good, or you can type up a menu and print on a overlay of vellum, which is thick enough to put through the printer yet transparent enough to see the artwork beneath.
I also love using printed place cards, so I added an assortment to the matched set. Print them out and cut to size, then use a bone folder with a ruler to score a fold line across the center. Fold over and stand. Fill out the names by hand in the color of your choice.
Download Your Free Printables
If you’d like a FREE copy of the fall printable menus, click HERE for the digital download.
If you’d like the napkin rings and place cards too, subscribe to become a member today! Simply fill out the form below for FREE access to the subscribers only library, where you can find the complete suite along with several other printables, ebooks and more. New items are added every few weeks. Enjoy!
• Please remember that these are for personal use only.
For me the printable artwork is enough to dress up the table, but who knows? Maybe someday, I’ll figure out how to print on my own plates!
To get the look, click on the items below for direct links to the products. Where actual items were no longer available, I’ve provided similar options. If an item is out of stock but may be restocked, I left it on the list.
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