Fall Table Setting Tips (Tablescape) & A Mikasa Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Mikasa, however all opinions are my own.

Fall Table Setting Tips

Hello sweet friends.

Last week, when I shared our fall home tour, I shared a few peeks at our dining room table all set for a fall meal.  Today, I thought I would share some fall table setting tips and how I pulled it all together.

Oh, and there is a chance for you to win the same dishes at the end!

Using fabric for a tablecloth

Tip 1

You don’t have to use a tablecloth.

Tablecloths can be expensive.  Start with what you already have.  If you don’t have something that works, don’t head to the home store – head to the fabric store.  This table is not set with a tablecloth – it is a run of plaid flannel fabric.  A bit unusual – but it totally works for me.  And it was a lot less expensive – I bought three yards on sale.

I generally end up in the suiting fabric area – I find I love the styling of the fabrics and they are usually non-fraying knits.  That way – no hemming is necessary.

My table is a bit on the narrow side so it works perfectly, but if you have a larger table, you can use the same approach but use it as an over-sized runner.  It brings color to the table and still protects the surface.

Fall Tablescape Ideas

Tip 2

You can never go wrong with white plates.

I love the simple and classic lines of these plates from Mikasa.  The pattern is Antique White.  I chose a more causal version of the pattern with the larger bowls and casual coffee cups.  I want to dress my table from time to time, but I also want plates that really will be useable for day to day use.  These are perfect dressed up and down.

Mikasa Place Setting

Tip 3

Use natural elements for the center of your table.

I gathered some kale and cabbage plants and placed them in white containers – carrying through the white already in the plates.  They are planted so they will last longer than cut flowers.

I added some more white containers, just empty and a few pewter containers with hydrangea.   The hydrangea, since it is late in the season, will now also dry in the containers for preserving.

I also used purple candles instead of the usual white to give it a warmer, more fall feel.

Now, I realize, this is not how you would sit down at the table to actually eat and have conversations.  But, sometimes I really like a table to look pretty when guest arrive.  It is really a matter of moving the larger plants to a side table when everyone sits down to eat.

 Fall Dining Room Decorating

Tip 4

Keep everything else around the plate simple.

The napkin – is not a napkin.  That is also from the fabric store.  It is a stretchy knit, found right next to the plaid.  It was a non-fraying fabric, so I simple cut squares and bunched in a napkin holder.  To cut the squares, I used an existing cloth napkin as a template.

I used simple and beautiful silverware from Mikasa – this pattern is French Countryside.  The best part – it just goes right in the dishwasher when it is done.

The white pears and apples I found as is at Homegoods – however, any inexpensive fruit found the dollar store could become this.  Simply spray paint it – including the stem – a high gloss white.

 Setting your table with white dishes

Tip 5

Have some fun with the wine glasses.  I have always had your typical rounded up-and-in style glasses.  But this time, I chose this pattern, Alexandra, for its more flared top – and I love it.

I must admit, I am so not “official” with wine glasses.  I figure one style for everyone, regardless if it is red, white, cider or milk – it works – so it may as well be extra pretty.

Fall table setting ideas

  Tip 6

Once we sit down with guests for dinner, I hate feeling rushed and the need to clean up or set up for dessert.  Even if it is a folding table or a kitchen counter, have everything set up for dessert and coffee ahead of time.  That way when everyone is ready, you can just brew the coffee and bring out anything that is refrigerated.

We had some company this weekend and they told us that at their daughter’s wedding, they chose to not have cake.  Instead – they had a tower of apple cider donuts.

That is my kind of wedding.

Dining Room Coffee Station

Tip 7

Do as much as you can ahead of time.

This is true for the food preparation as much as it is for the table setting.

I still remember growing up, before Thanksgiving and Christmas, a few days ahead, my Mom would start setting the table.  I loved to help and watch her take out the special china and silverware from the cabinet.  It was always filled with so much anticipation.

I almost always do that now for holidays – but, I usually only use what can go in the dishwasher and just this weekend I put my silverware box in the “sell” pile.  It was taking up so much space – now all of silverware is in the china cabinet drawers.

I am all about keeping it simple.


Fall Dining Room Decorating

And Mikasa is also giving each of you a chance to win one set of 6 place settings and 2 cake plates.  Use the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win.

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Of course, the most important part about setting a table is who you surround it with.

Wishing you a table filled of people who care for you unconditionally and who make you laugh!

Thanks so much for reading!

postsignature.pngDisclosure: Mikasa compensated me for this post by providing product, however all opinions and tips are my own.

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  1. I love the Antique White pattern, too., Beautiful on its own, and a great style to compliment my Blue Willow and ironstone pieces.

  2. So beautiful, Laura! The chairs to my dining set have eggplant backs and legs so love the touches of purple in your room:) Having coffee and dessert set up is the only way to go, I too hate the rushing of cleaning up and serving again. I’ll take one apple cider doughnut, please:)

  3. I like the American Countryside!!!! And I love your table setting!!! I have recently switched over to white plates for our daily use but I have china that I use for holidays! We typically have between 25 and 30 people for dinner!!! I love to set a pretty table to, sometimes it gets tough to fit all of the people, the food and still have the table look festive!! Thanks for the great tips!!

  4. you set quite a pretty table! love the dinnerware. i am currently looking for new dishes, and i think white just might be the way to go. thank you for setting the table so i could see what they might look like when being used.

  5. Beautiful table, Laura! I got a white set of dishes when we married 20 years ago, and still love them just as much today! And, I just picked up a huge lot of white ironstone at a yard sale this weekend. Can’t ever have enough white dishes! Now off to find a place to store them… 🙂

  6. i don’t have white dishes 🙁 i don’t need ANY dishes ! i want those those white dishes 🙂
    okay, apple cider dougnuts…what are these? am i missing out on something?

  7. beautiful! Great alternative to all the typical pumpkins and fake orange leaves everyone has! Love all the white including the pitchers in your hutch and love the roses on the wall. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. I popped over at Bed Bath and Beyond. I liked the Americana pattern, but sadly the reviews on it weren’t good at all. I also like the Parchment patter. Better reviews on this one.

  9. Wonderful tips- thank you! I am in love with this pattern -it would look fantastic with any type of seasonal setting. Mikasa is a quality brand!

  10. Beautiful dinnerware…..white looks SO elegant, doesn’t it!! Lovely give-away….many thanks, cheers, Valerie.

  11. I love the idea of fabric for a tablecloth!! I think plaid is so festive and such a comfy feel.
    White plates are best and can be used for an holiday!!
    Love it all!!

  12. I don’t have to visit the site to tell you my favorite Mikasa pattern. I’ve loved their dishes for many years. I have the Garden Harvest set & I use it often. I love that it can go in the idshwasher. I’ve wanted a white set to mix with it as well as some of my vintage china. Keeping my fingers crossed! Please pick me. :o)

  13. My favorite pattern is Antique White. If I had to choose another it would be difficult, because it is the ‘perfect’ one! The French is a little too busy for me, but I like it, too.

  14. Antique White – it’s very similar to a discontinued pattern (from another maker) that I currently have, and I absolutely love the understated elegance of them… I like that they look so good on their own with the light details; yet their design is simple enough to pair with other more intricate patterns, and they serve as a beautiful backdrop for adding more colorful pieces.

  15. I love your table setting. And I too love to find fabrics to use as tablecloths, runners or napkins. I am really loving the purples you used for fall and always forget about purple! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win.

  16. LOve Love Love the idea of NOT using flowers! White dishes are my all time favorite, you made everything look so inviting…off to se MY table! Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Beautiful table! White is always a great color to build on. My favorite pattern is American countryside. Thank you!

  18. I love the French Countryside as well as the Antique White dinnerware. So many lovely pieces and thank you for your great tips.

  19. Great tips. I love all white dishes. I had a set when we were first married but foolishly replaced them with patterned dishes. Now I’m ready to go back to what I originally had. Antique white is my favorite. If I don’t win this awesome giveaway I will be adding these to my Christmas list.

  20. Your table is so welcoming and love that the fabric is cozy flannel. The classic Mikasa all white place settings set the stage not only for this fall table scape, but for any season or reason to enjoy a meal together!

  21. Hi Laura, I actually love the Antique White set so much – they would look perfect with all of my vintage pieces. I collect vintage dishes but they are all so different that only white, classic dishes like these Mikasa dishes will work. I’ve been wanting a set for a long time, would be thrilled to win this!


  22. I love the Antique White!! Have been wanting this set for a long time. Thanks for the opportunity to enter. Love you table setting!!

  23. My dining room table has an Aztec style woven blanket as a tablecloth. It’s nice and thick and washes great. I “repurposed” it when I found it lying at the bottom of a linen closet. I love your ideas!

  24. Love your approach on your table decorating!!! I hope to have this attitude on Thanksgiving!! Keep up the great blog!! Love it here!! Antique White is amazing – so versatile!!

  25. I love setting my holiday tables ahead of time also. Then I get to take my time, tweek it & then enjoy it longer!

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  28. Your table is just lovely! I especially like the white fruit in the bowls. It brings an elegant, traditional, yet autumn look to the table. Thanks for the opportunity to win! I found you at Work it Wednesday – so glad I did!