Last weekend we celebrated Nick’s birthday with family, cake and bunches of bright fall flowers. Even though it was a small gathering I wanted to create a simple, yet beautiful tablescape for our guests.
When setting a table I usually always use fresh florals or greenery as my starting point. Flower arrangements and foliage are a wonderful way to play with the senses, adding texture and fragrance to your dining table. They are also a great way to incorporate colour and shape.
My bright and cheerful table setting started with a beautiful bouquet I spotted at our local grocery store. I was instantly drawn to the bold colours and interesting flowers and I knew it was big enough that I could split it into smaller arrangements to really make an impact.
Now that I had my inspiration it was time to get started. I layered a cream table runner down the centre of our dining table (I’ll let you in on a little secret, it’s actually an Ikea curtain panel). I wanted the table setting to feel relaxed and casual, so I left the runner a little rumpled and wrinkled. I think it gives the perfect effect.
Next I added my centrepiece – a gorgeous, fall-inspired Naked Cake (I’ll be sharing how I created this cake soon). I placed the cake on a wooden pedestal cake stand. I love the mix of the rustic wood with my glass and white dishware. I think they work so well together.
I created three simple flower arrangements from my large grocery-store bouquet. These vintage mason jars (a thrift store find) made the perfect vessels to hold these beautiful fall flowers. I removed the glass top from the lid but left the rings on each jar. I love the slightly tarnished patina of them. These mini bunches of flowers were the perfect addition to our table, completely unfussy and relaxed.
Because this was a small and casual gathering I opted for buffet style, instead of place settings. I simply set out gray linen napkins, a few dessert plates and forks so everyone could help themselves. It made it easy for everyone to gather around the table and enjoy the delicious desserts.
And finally, it wouldn’t be a fall tablescape without pumpkins. I layered in a a number of faux and real pumpkins for a little whimsy. And I finally finished it off by scattering some faux acorns around the tabletop.
This was such an easy table to set. It would be perfect for any fall or thanksgiving dinner. And I absolutely love the bright and cheerful colours I used (completely out of my comfort zone), it’s a little different and unexpected for the fall season.