Autumnal Tablescaping: Your Guide

Welcome to the enchanting world of autumn!

As the days become shorter, the nights longer and the air becoming crisp naturally we spend more time inside our homes therefore it is time to infuse that dining experience with the cosy ambiance of autumn. Transforming your dinnerware from summer to fall is an exciting way to welcome the new season and create a warm, inviting atmosphere in your home, perfect for hosting.

To help you create a memorable dining experience, we've put together this Autumn Tablescape 101 Guide. Whether you're a seasoned host or a newbie, our tips and ideas will help you set a stunning table using our exquisite dinnerware collection and textiles.

1. Choose Your Autumn Colour Palette

Start by selecting a colour theme that reflects the warm and inviting hues of autumn. Opt for warm, earthy tones like deep reds, oranges, browns, and muted yellows these colours evoke the feeling of autumn. Once you have decided on your colour palette this will set the tone for your tablescape making the rest much easier!

autumnal colour palette

2. Select the Perfect Dinnerware

Dinnerware is for sure the star of the show, so choose pieces that resonate with the autumn theme. Dependant on your colour theme you could choose to have a pop of colour with our Sur La Table, Colour Me Happy range or you could with our Kew Gardens Black Dinnerware for a darker, autumnal tablescape.

3. Layer Your Table Setting

Layering is key to creating an inviting tablescape. Begin with a tablecloth or runner in a muted fall colour, our Kew Gardens Table Runner would be perfect for this bringing a touch of the natural world to any autumnal dinner party. You can also place charger plates underneath your dinner plates for added depth and dimension.

4. Create a Stunning Centrepiece

A centrepiece is the focal point of your table so why not encorporate elements like gourds, pumpkins, dried leaves, or a floral arrangement in autumnal shades. You could also opt for a beautiful, large bowl filled with seasonal fruits, our Kew Garden Black Salad Bowl would be perfect for this.

5. Embrace Natural Elements

Why not add a touch of nature to your tablescape! Simply bring the outdoors in by adding natural elements to your table such as pinecones, acorns, and twigs. All these items can be found on your doorstep and will add a lovely touch of nature, display them in vases or jars along with string lights to create a gorgeous natural feature.


Autumn is a season of change, so don't worry too much about achieving perfection. Embrace the rustic and imperfect elements of your tablescape.

6. Set the Mood with Lighting

Lighting plays a crucial role in setting the tone for any tablescape and fall is captured so beautifully in aromas so getting the lighting right is key when creating a cosy vibe!

Soft, warm lighting can transform your tablescape. Consider using candles, lanterns, or string lights to create a cosy atmosphere, no fall table is ready until you add a flickering candle.

If you don't or can't have candles, simply dim the lights or turn off the overhead lighting to create that cosy ambiance.

pumpkin candles lit on tablescape

7. Choose Complementary Glassware and Cutlery

Ensure your glassware and cutlery match the overall aesthetic you have gone for. Opting for stemware and utensils that enhance those autumn vibes will really tie everything together, this could be in either amber or gold accents.

8. Personalise Each Place Setting

Personal touches make your guests feel special. Add name cards with a touch of fall flair, like mini pumpkins or handwritten notes. Or if you don’t have time or aren’t feeling like getting your craft on you can simply place a mini pumpkin on each table place to differentiate the place settings.

Top Tip!

Remember that the key to a cosy autumnal tablescape is to create an atmosphere that makes your guests feel warm, welcome, and in tune with the beauty of the season. 

With our Autumn Tablescape 101 guide, you're well on your way to hosting a memorable fall dinner. All that is left to do now is embrace the season's beauty, create lasting memories, and enjoy the warmth and cosiness of autumn around a stunningly set table. 

Remember, enjoy the process of setting the table, and your guests are sure to appreciate the effort you put into making their dining experience special.


Happy hosting! 🍽️🍂🥂

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