Warm Colors of Fall

Fall is my favorite time of year, and I’ve had fun this year exploring some non-traditional colors and settings. I’d like to settle in here for a moment with a more traditional, “dressy casual” setting for a fall table that incorporates a lot of the time-honored, warmer colors of red, green, gold and chocolate brown.


This is the recreation of a tablescape I created for a recent presentation to a local women’s group. Here, and for that presentation, I started with a chocolate brown crinkle tablecloth. For a more casual look, however, no tablecloth necessary. I love a bare wood table! The place settings are lined up on the sides only to allow the runner pattern – an integral part of the table design – to fully show.







The elements on this table are a wonderful mix of colors that represent the fall season: Gold square chargers from World Market are topped with a deep green Home Essentials & Beyond “Montclair Collection” square plate with a snazzy floral design from Home Goods and a chocolate brown oak leaf soup bowl from Pier 1 (also seen here).  (Detail Note: I used these plates – also seen here –  because the whimsical scroll mimicked the flair on the ends of the table runner.) Casually lounging in the bowl is a multi-hued cotton napkin from Pier 1 cinched with a Pier 1 amber and umber crystal napkin ring that adds just a touch of glitz. The stemware is an easy mix of an inexpensive green stem from Dollar Tree and fabulous amber goblet from Z Gallerie.





The tablescape was built around the colors of this fall runner I found a couple of years ago at TJ Maxx. To go with oak leaves and cattails for the centerpiece somehow seemed a bit prosaic, so instead the etched gold ceramic vases hold bunches of fiery red (faux) boxwood branches. To pick up on the other colors in the runner pattern, I added candle ring wreaths of gold, green and red to the base of the round outer vases. The taller, squared center vase includes flowing foliage and a couple of short curly willow branches for additional height.



A streamlined glitter gold tray on the buffet holds champagne glasses and a single gold mercury glass votive. When the table centerpiece is very busy, often best to keep the surroundings simple…unless you’re going for a really over-the-top look, of course!

Other traditional fall tablescapes for casual entertaining on this site include:
Dinner With Friends – Gumbo Dinner Party
September Wine
Pumpkins & Peacocks
Autumn Blues
Pears & Pine Cones
September Harvest Breakfast
Simply Bittersweet
Ap-pear-ently Autumn
Casual Fall Harvest Dinner
Italian Honeysuckle
Quick & Casual Fall Dinner
Autumn In Cactus Country
Sunflower Simple
Most Egg-cellent Fall Breakfast
Copper Zen
Serape High Style
Pheasants & Pumpkins

I’m joining Susan’s Tablescape Thursday bunch again this week. Slide on over there to see lots more ideas from a lot of talented tablescapers from all over the planet!

20 thoughts on “Warm Colors of Fall

  1. Alycia, what a stunning table! The runner is so perfect and you have complemented it with all your autumn details. I like your use of a square charger and dinner plate with the leaf bowl on top! The Pier 1 napkin rings add that touch of glitz to the table! Beautifully and artistically done!


  2. Very pretty Alycia, these are wonderful colors of the season. Loving the napkin rings and the goblets. I have so many stores I have to hit. Now that I am feeling stronger. We finally got Dollar Tree here. Hope you’re doing well.



  3. Well I had another enjoyable “Morning with Alycia”, hot chocolate and rainy morning looking at your Fall and Halloween tables. Sooooo many good ideas and so little table space. Thanks for the good times.


  4. I love the classic colors you’ve used on this table, Alycia. The runner is perfect, and the pairing of the Dollar Tree glasses (are those champagnes also DT??) with the Z gallerie are one of my favorites of your elements used. (ps I love a wood table too!)


  5. Your table is traditional in a nontraditional way. You are always very successful at mixing elements and having everything turn out just right.I wish I had your glasses for my table tonight.


  6. Love the runner that was your inspiration for the colors on this table. The mix is pleasing to my eye. On my computer the chocolate brown tablecloth looks purple. Another inviting table, Alycia!

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  7. Another “spot on” table by Alycia! Congrats, your choices for the warm colors of fall are perfect. Love the napkins and napkin rings. You tied it all together with the colors in the runner. Always perfect!!


  8. Your runner is gorgeous! The colors are so pretty with all the elements on your table. If your green scroll-y plates turn up missing, you might find them in North Mississippi. Wink. 🙂


  9. Oh I bet your local women’s group just loved your presentation…and thank you for re-creating it for us! Love the gorgeous colors you chose from your beautiful inspiration piece of the runner. You always have the most perfect accessories to complement every table of each season or holiday. If I was your neighbor, I think the conversation often to you would be: “hey Alycia, do you have ….” and yes I have the perfect thing … would always be the answer!!!! Have a great weekend Alycia!!!


  10. I have a thing for square plates and would feel the same for square chargers if I could find them around here. I love that your use of the traditional color palette is subtle and classy. The curly twigs and leaves are perfect. Plus, you pulled off this gorgeous fall table with nary a pumpkin in sight!


  11. You have such a flair for tablescaping, Alycia! I love the runner and the centerpieces are so pretty. The mix of stemware is beautiful, and I always love when you use Dollar Tree things and yet Z Gallerie pieces together. Happy Sunday!


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