Gorgeous Fall Dining Table Decor

As the leaves begin to change color and autumn sets in, it’s the perfect time to get your dining table decor ready for fall entertaining. With a few simple touches, you can transform your space into a warm and inviting gathering place for family and friends.

This week I’m sharing my personal fall dining table decor and more fall decor from a few of my blogging friends. Be sure to check out my friend Lynne’s fall entryway table with My Family Thyme HERE and Leene’s fall decor tour with Sand Dollar Lane HERE.

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Fall Dining Table Decor

You can easily turn your dining room into the perfect place to entertain during the fall season. So go ahead and invite your friends and family over for a cozy dinner party – they’re sure to enjoy the atmosphere and the delicious food!

Start by swapping out your summer tablecloth for a neutral boho-inspired table runner like this one I found on Amazon! I layered mine with a scrap piece of burlap underneath for added interest and texture.

overhead view of dining table decor

Next, I added in this farmhouse-style eucalyptus garland with white pumpkins and seasonal pinecones. Nothing says fall table decor better than pumpkins and pinecones! Am I right?

pumpkins scattered on table runner

Add in some of this neutral-toned pampas grass to any vase for an instantly gorgeous centerpiece!

fall dining table decor

Set the mood with candles and soft lighting. Candles always create a cozy and intimate atmosphere. I added this set of three black candlesticks down the center of the table to bring in a modern pop to the fall table decor.

another view of candlestick with fall table decor

For the rest of your fall dining table decor, use your favorite dishes, glassware, and silverware. My cotton boll plates are from Hobby Lobby, my silverware is hand-me-down from my mother-in-law, and my stemware is Waterford Crystal from my wedding and can be found HERE.

overhead view of proper table setting

Each place setting has a small pearlized ceramic pumpkin from Dollar Tree. You can find similar ones HERE.

blue pumpkin in center of plate

Finally, the fun navy and gold marbled pumpkin in the center was a DIY painting project I did several years ago, but you can still find the details on how to make these yourself HERE.

close up of navy marbled pumpkin centerpiece

What an easy and gorgeous way to set your dining table for fall gatherings! Let me know in the comments below if you will try this!

fall tablescape

Shop for Fall Dining Table Decor

You can find most of the items shared in this post below for your convenience.

What is the proper way to set a table?

When hosting a formal dinner party, it is important to set the table correctly so that your guests feel comfortable and at ease. Here are some tips on how to do just that:

Where does the silverware go when setting a dining table?

When setting a table, it is important to know where each piece of silverware goes. forks go on the left side of the plate, and knives and spoons go on the right. This is so that guests can easily find the utensils they need.

If you’re unsure about which fork to use for which course, here’s a quick guide:

– The salad fork is the smallest fork and is used for salads or appetizers.

– The dinner fork is the next size up and is used for the main course.

– The dessert fork is the largest fork and is used for desserts.

When it comes to spoons, there are three different types:

– The soup spoon is the largest spoon and is used for soups or cereals.

– The teaspoon is the next size down and is used for coffee, tea, or dessert.

– The tablespoon is the smallest spoon and is used for condiments or sauces.

Now that you know where each piece of silverware goes, you can be sure to set your table correctly for any occasion!

Where do the glasses go on a table setting?

Glasses go on the right side of the place setting, above the knives. The order goes water glass, red wine glass, and white wine glass. If you’re having a formal dinner, you may also have a dessert wine glass. For a casual meal, you can just have water and wine glasses.

By following these tips, you can be sure that your formal dinner party will be a success! Your guests are sure to enjoy the elegant atmosphere, the delicious food, and the beautiful table setting.

Don’t forget to head over to my friends’ blogs and check out even more amazing fall decor!

celebrate fall collage of decor tours


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Sand Dollar Lane // Simply 2 Moms // Pasha is Home // My Family Thyme // Southern Crush at Home


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Bluesky at Home // DIY Beautify // Amy Sadler Designs // 2 Bees in a Pod


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Worthing Court // The Tattered Pew // Our Crafty Mom // Hearth and Vine // Thistle Key Lane


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Exquisitely Unremarkable // Aratari at Home // Sonya Burgess // At Lane and High // The Roots of Home


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Dabbling and Decorating // A Life Unfolding // Zucchini Sisters
Southern Home and Hospitality // Feet Under My Table

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  1. I’m loving this gorgeous tablescape, Melanie! the mix of blues and neutrals is my favorite and you did a great job putting them together here.
    Love the table setting tips too!
    Thanks for being part of this fun tour!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you so much! I appreciate you! The tour was fabulous and I’m grateful to have been a part of it!

  2. Your dining table is yummy! What a great mix of texture and color. I love that you’ve included proper table setting information too.

    1. southerncrush says:

      Ha! Thank you so much!I appreciate you!

  3. Melanie I just love your fall table. The way you used gorgeous blues and the pampas grass is beautiful! I love that you have items passed down from others, that makes setting a table and gathering so special. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Yes, items that are passed down are the best aren’t they? Thank you so much for stopping by!

  4. You’ve set a gorgeous table perfect for a fall dinner party. Just love the color scheme! And those plates are so pretty. Thanks for sharing Melanie…so fun touring together today. Pinned!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you! I love those cotton plates! I appreciate y’all and loved doing the tour with you!

  5. Melanie – your dining room table looks perfect! Those mini blue pumpkins at each placesetting are so cute ;)!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Oh my goodness! Thank you so much! Aren’t those mini pumpkins fun? I appreciate you for stopping by!

    1. southerncrush says:

      You’re too sweet my friend! Thank you so much for stopping by!

  6. Melanie your Fall table is so pretty! I am so drawn to those pops of blue you have. Thank you for the lovely tablescape inspiration. Pinned!

    1. southerncrush says:

      You’re so welcome and thank you so much for stopping by and pinning! You’re the best!

  7. Your fall table is absolutely beautiful. Blue hues are my favorite! And, thank you for the table-setting tutorial! Dare I say that I am doing a couple of things incorrectly 🙂

    1. southerncrush says:

      LOL! Same here! I’m so glad you stopped by!

  8. So pretty, I just love the colors you used Melanie! Blue for Fall is one of my faves 🙂

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you so much my sweet friend!

  9. Melanie, your tablescape is so lovely. I love how the blue pumpkins add that pop of color. They bring out the colors of your tablecloth.

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you so much! You’re a doll! I appreciate you stopping by.

  10. Lovely tablescape Melanie with all the navy accents. I just love this color scheme for fall and the pampas grass adds a fun texture. What a beautiful table to gather around and share memories!

    1. southerncrush says:

      I love that pampas grass, too! Thank you so much for stopping by!

  11. Leslie Watkins says:

    I love the mix of colors and textures on that table. You made my heart happy with your how to set the table. Loved so many of your details! Thanks for sharing!

    1. southerncrush says:

      You’re so sweet! Thank you so much for the kind words and I appreciate you!

  12. It’s a perfect fall table, Melanie!! I love your crystal placement tips. Every year I seem to move the stems from left to right and back again. Now I know where they truly belong!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you so much! I appreciate you stopping by! I’m glad you have the stems down now–lol!

  13. Your table setting is just gorgeous, Melanie! I love the blue that you mixed it with all of the natural colors.

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you for the compliment Suzy! I appreciate it so much! Thank you for hopping with me!

  14. Libbie Burling says:


    This tablescape is STUNNING! Love the blues mixed with the pampas grass. I pinned for Thanksgiving inspo. 🙂

    1. southerncrush says:

      I seriously thank you so much! I appreciate you stopping by!

  15. Your fall table is gorgeous, Melanie! I love the navy, incorporated with the beautiful neutral textures. It is so much fun to be on this tour with you. Happy Fall!

    1. southerncrush says:

      I had a blast, too! Thank you for stopping by!

  16. Gorgeous table and I love the color combination with the blues and neutrals, great job and pinning for later inspiration. Happy Fall!!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Awe thank you Sonya! You’re a doll!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you so much Dara! I appreciate you!

  17. What a beautiful table, Melanie! I’m loving the pampas grass and pops of blue. The little pumpkins from DT are so darling at each place setting. It was fun hopping with you. Pinned 🙂

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you so much Rebecca! I appreciate you stopping by!

  18. Absolutely gorgeous! It looks inviting and high end, both at the same time!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you so much! I appreciate that!

  19. Your fall table is stunning and I love your color choices. Happy fall

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you so much sweet friend! I appreciate you!

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