Check out these creative table decorating ideas for a look that will wow your guests through dinner and dessert.
1. Create Your Own Floral Display
Create a DIY pumpkin centerpiece filled with flowers to bring some beauty from outside straight to the dinner table. Find the perfect flower bouquet to decorate a freshly-carved pumpkin with here.
2. Use Autumnal Dinnerware
Color scheme is everything when it comes to setting up your dinner decor. A dusty pink dinnerware set or flatware in other autumnal colors will easily make your dinner parties just that much more festive.
3. Add Chic Chinoiserie Accents
Want your dinner to be really chic? Try incorporating some chinoiserie accent pieces. From plates and serving dishes to hand-painted chinoiserie pumpkins, these elegantly decorated dinner accessories will make your meal feel über-preppy.
4. Get Creative with Pumpkins
Mini pumpkins are cute enough on their own, but add some paint and you'll have the most Instagrammable Thanksgiving table on the block. Get extra fancy with these made-to-order metallic painted pumpkins from Etsy.
5. Make the Candles the Star
Keep it rustic with an antler-themed candle holder to make your dining room feel more seasonal. Not only will it be a beautiful centerpiece, but it will help light the table, too. Find a similar centerpiece at Joss and Main (above).
6. Make Everything Gold
For a more lavish experience, brighten up the table with pops of metallic. From candles to cups to a simple string of starry lights in the dining room, a little bit of gold goes a long way.
7. Incorporate Fresh Fruit
Fall is the harvest season, bringing in fresh produce from apples and cranberries to pumpkins and persimmons. Decorate your dining table with some of these seasonal favorites for an amazing autumn table decoration.
8. Use Patterned Napkins
Tie your color scheme together with some embroidered cloth napkins. Lay them diagonally over the edge of the table for a little extra flare. Find similar napkins at Wayfair (above).
9. Get Fancy with Placemats
Not every placemat has to hide underneath the plate like it doesn't belong. Try upscale wooden planks in lieu of chargers for a rustic look.
10. Don't Be Afraid to Play with Color
Orange, yellow, and brown might seem like the go-to colors for decorating your dining room table. But playing with shades like a deep indigo and a soft green can create a whole new atmosphere that your dinner guests are sure to love.
11. Show Off Your Table Runner
Not only can the table runner display all the delicious food you and your loved ones have made for guests but it can also add to the beauty and atmosphere of the dinner table.
12. Use Fresh Herbs and Spices
Having fresh herbs and spices on your dining table may seem simple. But your guests will love the smell and natural aesthetic that a few sprigs of rosemary and a cinnamon stick can bring to the table. Place the herbs in these cute gift boxes or tie them with some twine.
13. Make Metallic Your Theme
Whether you go for the smooth shine of silver, the rustic feel of copper—or even a mix of different metals—a few accessories can add a lot of pizazz to the dinner table.
14. Bring More Than Just Flowers to the Table
Whether it's pinecones and tree branches or colorful maple leaves from your own backyard, a few seasonal plants on the table can create that cozy, homey feeling everyone at your dinner will be sure to love. Above, check out a festive pinecone garland for your table from Target.
15. Make Your Guests Feel Like Royalty
Glam up your table with bead encircled dinner plates and matching napkin holders.
16. Play with Lighting
When it comes down to it, lighting plays a huge role in creating a comfortable and warm atmosphere during dinner. Light up the faces of your loved ones with soft candlelight or tea lights to make your evening feel enchanted.