In this post: If you’re looking for romantic fall table decor ideas, create a beautiful and elegant fall tablescape with velvet pumpkins.⇒
If there’s one thing I most like to share with my readers it’s how to approach decorating in an unconventional way.
This is all the more so when doing a tablescape, since it’s only set for one occasion.
Often I like to use elements on my tables that go beyond dishes and stemware and today I’d like to look at using velvet pumpkins in an elegant fall tablescape.
No doubt you’ve seen velvet pumpkins used all over the home, as they come in rich lush colors of every variation, from pale soft colors to deep jewel tones. They come in a wide range of sizes with an array of embellishments, and while I love to tuck them in between pillows on the sofa and chairs, my favorite place to use them is in a pretty fall tablescape.
They can drive the color story of an entire table, or play off the patterns in your dishes and floral arrangements. In today’s table my central concept is an unconventional mix of the softest blush pink with a gorgeous rich burgundy. Mossy green acts as the bridge tying the palette together.
Before we get to the pumpkin centerpiece which drove the overall theme, let’s take a look at the plate stack which pulls from the colors I knew I ‘d be working with.
I generally start with some kind of metal charger and this time I went with silver. I chose it for it’s decorative elegance, while at the same time acting as a quiet foundation. I tend to use silver when I want the chargers to merely complement what’s going on on the table, whereas gold or copper would make a much stronger statement.
A clean white dinner plate comes next and is topped with these wonderful market vegetable salad plates that come in an assorted set of 4. (They are discontinued but can sometimes be found on eBay or through Replacements. See the resource list below.)
The underpinning for the table is a lovely blush pink throw whose gentle ruffles seem to soften any room or table it comes near. It’s tossed loosely across the table, not really covering it, and this relaxed askew positioning only adds to the romantic nature of the display.
For stemware I went with my favorite glen plaid crystal goblets. I use these over and over as they work with so many different looks. I also have the champagne flutes, as well as high balls, and double old fashioned glasses in the same pattern. They catch the light in the most wonderful way and the buttoned-up pattern acts as a surprising contrast against the more feminine aspects of the table.
My napkins are embroidered white linen that I bought years ago with a coordinating tablecloth, but I rarely use them as a matched set. This appears to be a habit I repeat often – the mixing and matching of contrasting elements.
I used my most glimmery crystal bracelet napkin rings to maintain the look of holiday elegance. (These are also discontinues – originally from Pottery Barn – sometimes available on eBay, but I’ve included some similar options in the resource list.)
Of course, the true stars of this table are the stunning vivid-toned velvet pumpkins, whose delightful sheen only adds to their charm. I chose pinks, berries and greens and I find their depth of color and soft plumpness to be truly very beautiful. Add to that the natural stems and they really are a special component to include.
To really amp up the look, I tucked soft pink roses and dried purple and green hydrangeas into the presentation because I feel tables look best with fresh flowers, even when there are other elements that are highlighted for seasonal or decorative flavor. They also help drive home the pairing of whisper pink with deep claret.
The footed silver bowl at the heart of the centerpiece is a new item, but you can just as easily use a vintage piece here and take advantage of its patina. While is does gleam, it’s still bears the quiet elegance that silver imparts. I popped in the largest pumpkin and tossed the smaller ones around it as a makeshift runner on the table. Flower blooms were then tucked in for interest and a bit of complexity.
This table does not aim for simplicity, instead making use of unexpected pairings to create its personality, while adhering very much to the idea of romantic informality.
The shimmer of silver and crystal also helps to accentuate the contrast with the deep and lush pumpkins.
I find year after year I return to my bin of velvet pumpkins and combine them in new and different ways each time. Just when I feel I’ve seen them one too many times, I create a new palette or display idea and they look fresh again.
What a wonderful reflection of the rich and lush season they are here to help us celebrate!
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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