September 30, 2016

Fall Table and Tray Centerpiece

This post is a little early...but I am taking the weekend off. 
I'll see you on Sunday or Monday.

'Tis the season for fall decorating. 

Those of us who live where it is still hot outside are having to work through the temps and wait for cooler days where we can wear sweaters, and drink hot spiced tea. But the time will come. And then later we will be talking about how cold it is outside. ha ha.

Some people decorate for fall with soft colors and some people decorate with shades of orange and amber...even heading into jewel tones. I want to make a soft fall table setting, but today I have a traditional fall colored centerpiece and table setting to share.

I did not snap pics of each step of my trayscape construction. It is so easy that I can explain...and then you can make your own.

I started with a shallow tray.

Next I added a garland of fall leaves. I twisted it around so that it would pretty much cover all of the inside of the tray. 

I tucked in two medium to large orange pumpkins. 

Then I began adding filler...tiny pumpkins, pods, etc. 

So simple! I am kind of "loosey goosey" with my centerpiece arrangements. ha ha. Everything for this arrangement came from my stash in the basement. I went "basement diving" the other day. :-)

After making the tray arrangement, I added a black and white checked tablecloth. I did not want the table setting to look too much like I used my green napkins again. I tried, white, ivory, and black. I am telling is a neutral for me. :-)

The green napkins go with shades of green from the pumpkin tops and leaves. I am all about repeating colors as much as I can.

The napkins fade in photographs. But they are a rich olive green with yellow undertones. 

I have been practicing overhead shots.

You have an overview of all of my centerpiece colors in this shot.

If you look closely at my drapery fabric you can see shades of green. The fabric has lovely fall images...pheasants, twigs, greenery, etc.

Everything in my centerpiece is faux, but you could make a much more impressive centerpiece with real pumpkins, gourds, nuts, etc.  

I am thinking about copying my friend Shirley's (Housepitaity Designs) centerpiece that she made. It is similar to mine except that she added some gorgeous ribbon and battery candles. I need to do that! :-)

I took this picture so that you could see my black chairs. (Pottery barn from just a few years ago.) I have decorated with gold, black, green, etc. for several years. I have not tired of the combination around my house. 

The room you see in the background is a combination laundry and make shift butler's pantry.  I had so much furniture when we downsized!  

I put my kitchen china cabinet in there for glasses, dishes, and serveware. The highboy stores napkins and placemats. 

Would I love to have a custom butler's pantry installed? bet! 

Do I want to pay for one right now. No. ha ha. 

Below is a pic from my autumn tablescape blog hop post... case you missed the Autumn Tablescape Blog Hop just click here to view it.

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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. Very nice! I just love the colours of autumn. -Jenn

  2. I LOVE your centerpiece on your black and white tablecloth and next to your green napkins! Matchy-matchy is pretty boring. I'm with you, Sheila; I love green. I have it in most of my house somewhere. I love your blog and never fail to read it. Our decorating styles are very similar. Happy Fall!

  3. That tray of fall goodies is just beautiful! I love the addition of the black.

  4. This is one of my favorites of your fall arrangements. The colors and textures are perfect and the centerpiece is just the right size and height for the table. Enjoy your weekend.

  5. You are ready for October, and everything looks so very nice! Your dining room his lovely!!!

  6. Hi Sheila, I'm new to your blog. I live in Lexington. Where in Kentucky are you?
    Love the centerpiece!!!! Very nice.

  7. Hi Sheila, I'm new to your blog. I live in Lexington. Where in Kentucky are you?
    Love your centerpiece!! Very nice.

  8. Hi Sheila, I am new to your blog. I live in Lexington. Where in Kentucky are you?
    Have enjoyed your posts and love the centerpiece!! I am stealing this design. Thanks so much

    1. Sue, wonderful to meet you! I live in the beautiful Lake Cumberland area where I write and play house, and enjoy the beauty of the woods and land. My daughter lives in Lex, and I went to Transylvania oh so many years ago. So nice to have you join our group.

  9. I love the green napkin accents. That's my color, I use it lots of ways. Beautiful arrangement!

    1. Thank you! Green works all year long I think!

  10. What a pleasure it would be to dine at this beautiful table.

    1. Thank you so much! It would be lovely if all of my blog friends could join me. What a blast that would be!

  11. Beautiful table and centerpiece...I so love the bright and beautiful colors!!!

  12. Very pretty. So happy you joined us at Monday Social!

  13. Love all these great table scape ideas. Thanks for sharing

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  16. Very pretty! Love the idea!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  17. I just love this centerpiece! It is like a cornucopia of lush Fall harvest!


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