I love setting tables and today I am sharing my best table setting tips for fall. Plus, I am also sharing my new favorite book, But Where Do I Put The Couch and a Giveaway!
Setting a table can be intimidating and I often get messages from all of you asking for table setting tips. Since fall is here and I am stying my own fall tables, I thought it might be fun to share five of my favorite table setting tips with you. I am also over the top excited to share my new favorite decorating book, But Where Do I Put The Couch. My two friends Melissa Michaels (The Inspired Room) and Karianne Wood (Thistlewood Farms) have collaborated on this book and it is amazing! Be sure to scroll down past my tips to learn more and enter their giveaway!
Five Table Setting Tips
It’s not hard to set a table. Especially when you are like me and don’t follow a lot of the rules. Don’t laugh but my dining room table is often set for dinner. My husband always asks, “Is that for your blog or are we having another party?”. Unfortunately for him, it’s often set for an upcoming blog post!
Mix it Up
When I first started styling table I often mixed glassware, silver, plates, chargers, and placemats. I didn’t do it because I was being clever. Rather, I did it because I didn’t own enough matching pieces! Over the years I have collected a lot (and I mean it is a lot!) of china, silver, and glassware. Now when I set a table I always mix it up and don’t even look to see if I have enough matching pieces. That’s because I don’t want it to match.
If you look at this table pictured above, nothing matches! Well, the napkins and glasses match. But nothing else! The chargers, placemats, silver, and china are all different. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Set a Fun Table
I love adding a “fun element” to my tables. One year I used these amazing wood cutouts for Thanksgiving. We had lots of teenagers at our table and this was the end result! But the fun they enjoyed during dinner was well worth it. (I have lots of glue guns!)
Don’t Just Use the Dining Room
One of my favorite table setting tips is to get out of the dining room! It’s easy to get into a rut and always entertain in the dining room. So why not move your table to another room? Or even outside? I am always trying to push myself and think of new places to host a dinner. I have served dinner on the beach (in the sand), all over our backyard and at the park. The more creative you are the more fun your guests will have! Fall is such a great time to host outdoors!
Fit Everyone at the Table
Nothing kills a dinner party faster than splitting up your group to more than one table. We hosted fifty at my son’s rehearsal dinner and I wanted everyone at the same table!
For Thanksgiving last year we had twenty-two at our home and I was determined to fit them all at one table in our dining room. Somehow it worked. And it was so much fun! Of course this year we are hosting 40 family members and I have no idea how I am going to pull this off. Maybe snake tables all through the house? Yikes!
Reuse Last Year’s Fall Decor
Don’t tell anyone but I recycle fall decor every year! Last year I added copper foil on top of the green pumpkins I had used the year before. This year I painted some of my green pumpkins white. Don’t be intimidated and think you need to buy all new decor. Shop your own home and get out some paint!
I hope these tips have helped you and will make setting your fall table easier. But how do you get all of your other decorating questions answered? I have the answer!
My friends Melissa Michaels (The Inspired Room) and Karianne Wood from Thistlewood Farms have written this awesome decorating advice book titled But Where Do I Put The Couch? It answers 100 decorating questions. How incredible is that?
I have learned so much reading this book and you want to make sure and get your own copy. Plus, you can win a $500 gift card to Wayfair! Just enter below.
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