With Autumn comes pumpkins. Pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin pies, carved pumpkins…the list goes on and on (lol). So it makes perfect sense to create a pumpkin-themed table setting for Autumn, too.
The thing though is I didn’t want to throw up pumpkins all over the table. So instead, I made a Fall table setting that highlights what most of us associate with a pumpkin…the color orange.
I mean, when I think of pumpkins, I immediately think of orange pumpkins. I know that there are other varieties, but orange is definitely the dominant and traditional color.
To decorate this Fall table, I incorporated pumpkins, the color orange, along with a subtle champagne color. It makes you think of Fall, but not in a traditional way.
That’s because I didn’t use yellow, red, or brown in the table setting. This Autumn tablescape was all about orange. A vibrant color of orange. Plus, the simplicity and brightness of the tablescape give it a very cheerful feeling.
Setting a pretty Autumn table setting like this is very easy, and as you read below, it didn’t cost much to create.
You won’t believe what I used as a tablecloth.
Do the pictures below give you a hint?
Keep reading and find out what I used as a tablecloth, along with how to create this pumpkin-inspired table setting for Fall, while on a budget.
How to Create a Pumpkin Themed Table Setting for Autumn
Step 1: Decide on your tablescape’s dominate color
Pumpkins are orange, so I decided that my pumpkin-themed tablescape should be orange, too. Plus I thought it would be fun to have a dominantly orange table setting.
Of course, you can make your table any color you want.
I started with a shiny champagne-colored curtain to use as my table covering.
Yep, that’s right! I used a curtain, not a tablecloth.
Curtains make great table coverings. Especially since you can find them really cheap at secondhand stores. This one cost me $4.
*Note: I have more ideas for alternatives to tablecloths in a separate post, and I’m happy to send it to you. Just go to the bottom of this page to request it.
Step 2: Create a focal point for your pumpkin-inspired table setting
For the center of the table, I used 21” orange mesh and loosely twisted it the length of the table.
Next, I laid down a shiny orange 2.5” ribbon on each side of the orange mesh, roughly where the middle of the plates would go down.
This helps to bring attention and focal points to your pumpkin tablescape.
To the orange mesh, I added a large decorative pumpkin I had made as a centerpiece. I used the same mesh, a floral frame from Dollar Tree, and hand-dyed sola wood flowers. To obtain the variety of orange flowers, I dyed them myself. You can find the how to dye sola wood flowers instructions here.
On each end of the table, I added a diy glass etched vase filled with bright orange flowers. Flowers are a great way to continue your theme color on your table setting.
I made the vases just for this pumpkin tablescape. Do you see the etched pumpkins on the glass vases? Aren’t they cute?
It was SO easy to do!!!
You need to check it out because it is seriously easy!
Plus, I can reuse the pumpkin vases throughout Fall and Thanksgiving. Bonus!
Step 3: Add place settings to the pumpkin-themed tablescape
To really make the orange color stand out on the table, I opted to use clear dishes for the place settings. The clear dishes allow you to see the orange ribbon that runs under the plates and brings your eye to the middle of the place setting.
I got these clear plates and bowls from an auction for just $2. *Note: that’s 2 dollars (total, not each) for 8 place settings! It’s crazy how cheap you can get stuff from an auction.
First, I laid down the dinner plate, and then a small bowl on the plate. I filled the bowl with a champagne-colored napkin that I had twisted from the middle and then pulled the center up, to create the look you see.
Next, I added a bread plate on the left side, just above the fork. On the plate, I placed a pumpkin place card holder I made from clear disc Christmas ornaments. Aren’t they cute!
It is a very simple unique diy project and a great use for ornaments you don’t use. Check it out.
Finally, for the place setting to have a consistent look, I kept with the embossed look of the dishes and used embossed water goblets. The glasses are placed on the right side, just above the knife.
Step 4: Add any extras to complete the tablescape’s orange pumpkin theme
Rounding out the pumpkin-themed tablescape, I added decorative pumpkins down the middle of the table, on top of the orange mesh.
The two larger pumpkins are sparkly and were acquired years ago. And the smaller pumpkins are actually candles that I use for decoration. I don’t ever light them. These were also purchased years ago.
Really, you can use any pumpkins that will match your theme and compliment the other pumpkin decorations on the table.
The main thing to remember when creating your table setting for Autumn is to be consistent with your theme, its colors, and its decor.
And don’t be afraid to play with ideas for your tablescape. You will impress yourself with what you create.
Check out the DIY projects to obtain this look
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