An Affordable Fresh Fall Tablescape
I love fall, especially here in Colorado! For me it means so many different things. It means family time, football , cooler weather and it also means I can officially wear my Hunter boots and not look silly. I also love that I get to add some fun new decorations around our home!
Today I have teamed up with nine other fabulous bloggers for a fun Fresh Fall Tablescapes Blog Hop! Be sure to check out their links at the end of my post! For my table I wanted to create a simple, affordable and fresh fall tablescape with items found mostly from Target and around our home. I am a mom of four and in our home we don’t often get fancy, so I had a bit of fun with our normally boring kitchen table! Plus it involved shopping at Target so that made me a happy woman! It was fun to hear my kids and husband make comments about wondering where they should eat and if they EVEN could eat at the table once I had it all done up! Made me giggle. It’s completely kid friendly by the way… I let them eat on it!
This is a picture of our old farm table as you look into our kitchen. This table (as some of you know) was free! That makes me love it even more. I knew it was the perfect spot to use for this post because I wanted to create something that was affordable, realistic and simple. Lately, I have been really enjoying blacks and whites mixed with wood tones and greenery so that was my starting point. I feel that you can never go wrong with the colors black, white and the occasional wood tones mixed in. I use them as the foundation for most of my decorating schemes. With those colors as your base you can always add color, and if you know me I LOVE color! Today, I added in pops of green.
A Fresh Fall Table
Like I mentioned above, I love the look of our old weathered kitchen table and thought it would contrast perfectly with a black and white centerpiece. The first thing I grabbed was black craft paper that I found in the dollar bins at Target. I used it as a runner and to lay the foundation for the table setting. I then secured it to the table with tape so it would be easily removable in case I needed to replace it. (Classy, I know!) Once I had the black paper centered I shopped my own home (my husband loves when I do this because it saves $) and decided to take my cotton wreath (from Wicker Hill ) off of my ladder and place it in the center of the table. I love this wreath and use it all over my house! Cotton can be so versatile and always works for Fall. The wreath looked bare on the table by itself so I grabbed this huge white pumpkin that I had recently found at Target for only $15 and placed it in the center of the wreath! It fit perfectly!
I knew that it needed a bit of color so I ran out to my front yard and cut some sprigs of boxwood and placed them all around the wreath. I also added some grasses that were from my awesome neighbors Julie and Nancy’s yard! They are amazingly generous when it comes to me borrowing and using plants from their yard for my “photo shoots” and decorating. Plus they have the most beautiful yard and home. The grass reminded me of wheat and wheat just screams fall to me. Can I get an amen?! I love using greenery from around our yard and garden to decorate for all occasions and I especially love that it is cheap!
Doesn’t that look like wheat nestled in there? I have the best neighbors!
Next, I anchored the sides with these little white lace-edged metal buckets that I also found in the Target dollar bins. I love symmetry! SO these were the perfect touch! The best part is that I could leave my table just like this (and it would be the perfect fall table) or add place settings to it just as easily! Oh and just a little secret, my four year old might have sneaked some Littlest Pet Shop toys into the white buckets while I was taking pictures! I’m always finding little treasures all over my house!
I wanted to try adding some place settings to jazz it up a bit and immediately went for my all white plates that I purchased from World Market. They are clean and simple and always do the trick! (I have a set of 12 and so does my mom so we share them whenever we have big parties or Holidays.) I then added white cloth napkins which I tied using black and white twine. Don’t laugh, but I actually pulled the black and white string from out of a banner that I also got from the Target bins. I was just being resourceful, Hee Hee! Next, I slipped in our everyday silverware and some more boxwood clippings from our yard! Very simple and fresh!
I decided that it needed a few more layers. I am a firm believer that layering is always a good thing. Luckily, my sister let me borrow her green square Fiesta Ware plates. We are all so good about sharing in our family and I feel so blessed that we live close enough to do so! I think they were the perfect touch and balanced the greenery from the boxwood clippings.
Finally, I added these darling little wooden hanging signs I found at a local shop here in Colorado called Cozy Cottage. I loved them instantly and grabbed several of them when I found out they were only $4.99 each! Aren’t they just the finishing touch?
I love the finished product and how easy and affordable it was! It definitely leans more to the farmhouse style which I am currently enjoying! I’m pretty sure my family enjoyed it as well! Here is a sweet picture I captured of our oldest and youngest at the table! So grateful for little moments like these that can be caught on camera!
He is such an amazing big brother! He is 16 and still loves to come home and play with his sisters and brother. I’m so very thankful for our kids and their special bond!
Thank you so much for visiting our sweet home here in Colorado! I hope you found some inspiration for your own table! It definitely has put me in the mood for Fall! If you are new to my blog, I would love to “meet” you and for you to stop by and say hello! For those of you who are regular visitors thank you for your continued love and support! Be sure to check out all the other fabulous tablescapes in the “blog hop” for even more Fall inspiration! Links found below! Kelly
PS– You can also follow along with us over on Instagram by searching the hashtag #freshfalltablescapes Feel free to post your own photos as well so we can see your lovely fall tables!