In this post: Want to set a fall tablescape that’s nice enough for guests but not too stuffy? Try mixing casual and formal in your fall table decorations.⇒
Are you the type who loves formal entertaining?
Suit and tie, cocktail wear, china and crystal.
Or do you prefer your gatherings to be relaxed and casual? A backyard barbecue with tee shirts and jeans.
Of course, there’s a world of options between the two extremes, but my favorite style is what some call ‘denim and diamonds’. Rather than finding a typical middle ground, I love to mix opposites together.
I’m a big fan of using contrasts on the table for the interest and individuality it adds. Whether it’s old and new, dark and light, heavy and lightweight, this contrast is one of the aspects that makes a setting look different than everyone else’s.
This is exactly the approach I took in creating the fall tablescape I’m sharing today, with woodsy bits of nature mixed with silver and crystal.
The plate stack embodies the mix I’m referring to, with vintage Limoges china lending pedigree, while more casual dinner plates have a farmhouse feel.
The chargers are a pretty underpinning, yet they’re actually made from a durable plastic. For me the key to having them work well together is selecting a pattern on the simpler side and ensuring a color palette that is impeccably restrained.
If there’s one element that ties this tablescape together it’s the floral centerpiece of mixed hydrangeas. The woodsy tones are a nod to the fall season and the casual blooms provide another contrast with the more formal vintage repoussé pitcher.
(See below for the resource list.)
Sharing center stage with the floral arrangement is a moss planter topped with a glimmery mosaic pumpkin, probably not the mix you’d expect to see, as one is outdoorsy while the other decidedly glam
The white embroidered country style napkins are dressed up by the sheer organza overlays and then clustered within the crystal bracelet napkin rings.
Even the foundation of this casual formal tablescape shows the mix I’m enjoying playing with here. A white linen embroidered tablecloth lends a sense of elegant flair, yet it’s smaller than the table and tossed askew, leaving the rustic wood table peeking out beneath.
I’ve used my favorite smoky grey crystal bobeches, but put away the polished silver candlesticks and instead paired them with a more relaxed modern set.
Tossed on the table are some craft artichokes and acorns to give a pleasing hint at the season outside.
Another favorite that appears on many of my tables, these glen plaid crystal goblets are both chunky enough to work with casual, yet the cut crystal pattern can read formal, as well.
I wanted a table that would please my guests and honor the occasion, but not be too fussy for a relaxed meal. I hope the mix satisfies that goal.
And if they choose to show up in denim and diamonds, all the better!
Fall Table Decorations Source List
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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