Fill your table with the colors and textures of the season when you entertain this fall. Autumn’s palette of oranges, reds and yellows with touches of green can enhance your indoor spaces.
In the Garden Center, look for blooms in your color palette, like marigolds and mums. Pop the flowers right in their plastic planters into terra cotta pots for a rustic, garden fresh display on a buffet or side table.
For a more formal display on a dining room table, fill lanterns with leaves and candles. Place a colorful miniature pumpkin at each place setting. Look for worry-free LED flameless candles to enjoy the same warm glow of a live flame.
Place decorative elements such as twig pumpkins and lanterns on a burlap table runner and embellish with live goods such as mini pumpkins and apples. This is your opportunity to use pumpkins grown in your garden.
Reach for your pruners and head out to the garden for some greenery like ivy or jasmine, or evergreens like magnolia and pine. Put the last of the tomatoes, growing green on the vine, alongside fruit like pears, persimmons, clusters of grapes, even pomegranates, to add natural warmth to your table.
Long-lasting and low-maintenance succulents are a natural choice for a harvest centerpiece. Choose different sizes of your favorites, like echeveria and hens and chicks. As you shop for containers, consider copper for a formal look; galvanized metal for a shabby chic effect.
Tip: When using deep containers, fill the bottom half with extra pine cones, packing peanuts or empty plastic bottles. Place plants on top, filling in with peat moss and spreading vines like creeping myrtle.
For more tablescape inspiration, see Ideas for Harvest Centerpieces with Succulents.
Photos of succulents by Laura Mercer.