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Simple Fall Tablescape

A simple, budget-friendly way to decorate a table for Fall

fall tablescape
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We are into the second week of September, and fall is in full-swing...indoors at least! I am delighted to be participating in the Fall Ideas Tour with 25 of my favorite home decor bloggers! We are sharing ideas to inspire you all week long! (that's why bloggers always have to be ahead of the game...so you have time to pull off our ideas!) Each day this week has a different theme. I'll post all the links at the end of this post so you don't miss a thing!

Fall Ideas Tour

Today is all about Fall Tablescapes. Are you ever stumped about how to decorate your table for Fall? Tables can be tricky because you don't want a centerpiece too tall that makes it hard to see who's sitting on the other side...but you want something that makes a statement.

My goal for my Fall table this year was to keep it simple and budget-friendly and I'm happy to say that I accomplished both! Let me show you more!

Fall dining room

I was able to reuse a lot of items I already had, and I think I spent less than $20 on this tablescape! It's not quite as elaborate as last year's Fall table, but I like it just as well...and it took much less time to pull together!

Let's look at the details.

Fall centerpiece

The stars of my dining table are definitely these dollar store antiqued pumpkins! I love how they turned out, and they were surprisingly simple to make...they cost me a whopping $1 each! I know!

I reused my wooden trug from Hobby Lobby. If you own a dough bowl, that would work too. What I love about this wooden vessel is that it's long but narrow so it doesn't encroach on valuable eating space!

decorating a table for Fall

Something else I reused are the magnolia leaves from my fresh magnolia wreath that I made last year. I love how the leaves dried to a velvety brown...it's just the perfect shade for Fall decorating! I had no intentions of taking my wreath apart until it fell off its hook and smashed on the floor. I was taking it apart (to save the wreath form) when I realized that several of the leaves were still intact...they became filler for the centerpiece on my dining table!

I also reused a few of the dollar store succulents that I bought last year for my Spring centerpiece...just a couple on the ends in the wood trug. I love the texture and color they add to my Fall table.

pumpkins and succulents

Those sugared mini pumpkins and acorns are probably 10 years old! I think I bought them from Pottery Barn, but I'm not sure. They don't smell anymore but I've kept them because they're just so cute and add a nice little pop of color!

I tucked in a few sprigs of velvety soft lambs ears! I love their muted color and they seem to go with everything! In fact, I purchased a lambs ears garland to drape over my huge chalkboard. Lambs ears seem to be becoming increasingly popular in the home decor world. My mom always had it growing in her flowers beds, and I like to have items in my home that remind me of her!

farmhouse Fall dining room

The galvanized chargers were a bit of a splurge (for me!) at $3.50 each, but they are perfect for layering and I'll be able to use them for any season! I used my buffalo check plates and topped them with some of my collected ironstone dishes. I love this layered look. It's easy to do and makes the table more interesting.

I reused my set of small burlap pumpkins that I bought at Marshalls last year, and I topped each ironstone dish with one...purely for decoration! Obviously this table is not set for a meal, it's just to give you an idea of how to style your table for Fall! I hope you were inspired!

rustic pumpkin

As promised, here is the full line up for the week. These gals are all incredibly talented, and I know you'll enjoy visiting their blogs and finding inspiration for your own home!

Fall Ideas Tour

Monday - Fall Mantel Decor Ideas

fall mantel decorating ideas

Tuesday - Fall Tablescape Ideas

fall table decorating ideas

Wednesday - Fall DIY Projects

fall diy decor projects

Thursday - Fall Recipes

fall recipes

Friday - Fall Porch Decor Ideas


I would love to know what ideas inspired you the most! Please feel free to PIN this image and share with your friends who love all thing Fall!

Fall home decor ideas


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32 comments:

  1. Love the simplicity of your Fall table décor including your table runner.
    Where did you get it at or did you make it?

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    1. Thanks Colleen! I made the tablecloth out of a drop cloth!

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  2. So pretty Cindy! Love your centerpiece with the Dollar Store pumpkins and magnolia leaves. It's the perfect touch.

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  3. Cindy - your fall tablescape is beautiful! We love those pumpkins! Can't believe they started out from the dollar store! We also love how you save and repurpose items too - so smart!

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    1. Thank you friends! I'm finding I don't have room to store a ton of decor plus it's easier to make items work for multiple purposes!

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  4. Your table looks great. I love the way you reused and repurposed so many items. After a while the stash can get pretty large so I appreciate be able to get creative with this I already have.

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    1. Thank you Patti! I'm trying to pare down my stash (as well as eliminate numerous trips into the attic, LOL)

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  5. I love your cozy table! The mix of natural and thrifty items is just perfect. And those dollar store pumpkins are adorable! Thanks for joining the tour this year!!

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    1. Thanks Angie, so happy to be a part of this tour! Happy Fall!

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  6. Your table looks so pretty! The pumpkins that you made look perfect in your dough bowl along with Magnolia leaves. I'm loving this tour and am getting great decor ideas!!

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    1. Thank you Paula, I'm getting so many great ideas too! Love how everyone's style is different!

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  7. Wow...those dollar store pumpkins turned out so well! They're stunning. And your magnolia leaves make me want to head outside and pick some from my neighbor's yard...his tree is dropping all of the leaves and I'm just itching to grab a few. Lovely table, Cindy.

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    1. Thank you so much Kristi! I'm sure your neighbor wouldn't mind if you cleaned up his yard, lol!

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  8. Your tablescape is gorgeous ... and I love the fall chalkboard art! ~Randi/Dukes and Duchesses

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  9. so many things I love here...that chalkboard, and that table runner for starters! Beautiful table!!!

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  10. Absolutely beautiful! I love the dried magnolia!

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  11. Great job putting your tablescape together, Cindy! It's gorgeous, and you did it so inexpensively, perfect!!

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    1. Thank you! I love the challenge of decorating on a budget!

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  12. Where to start? Your chalkboard is so charming! Love those Thankful, Grateful and Blessed pumpkins! You are so clever! Your runner is so fun! And I love lambs ear as well...so nice to have something that reminds you of your mom.

    Thanks of much for sharing your lovely table.

    Hugs, Lynn

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  13. Gorgeous table! I love that chalk board so much, and your table runner is so pretty with all the lovely texture.

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  14. Your tablescape is so pretty and I just love the pumpkins! xoxo

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  15. Your decor is always so beautiful! I love the pumpkins and those chargers...gorgeous.

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  16. Hi Cindy, I love your beautiful Fall tablescape and you are a girl after my own heart, reusing and reinventing is my favourite thing to do! I simply love your plate chargers, you have inspired me to make my own buffalo check chargers!

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