Two things are super important to me when deciding how to decorate my dining table for a holiday. One, it can’t be too fussy and two, it can’t be too expensive.
To keep both these things in check I like to mix in a few simple DIY projects with some inexpensive store bought items. Today I’m sharing exactly how I pulled together this modern yet cozy Fall Tablescape, including sources.
You may remember a peek at my dining room decorated for fall during my fall home tour and most of the comments I received were about the centerpiece. Ain’t it pretty?
I love this centerpiece because well, it looks pretty, but did you know it prompted me to learn how to make posole? Sure did!
How does a centerpiece prompt a new favorite recipe you ask?
Well I was determined to find a big ass tin can and that one right there in the middle was filled with hominy for only 2 bucks! So let’s just say I had some hominy on hand and couldn’t just waste it! I ended up finding an amazing recipe for posole that I made in the crockpot (which usually I don’t get along with at.all.) and it was fantastic!
Ok. Back to the easy “how-to” fall centerpiece.
I gathered up some tin cans (the big one was hominy, the tall ones were baked beans, and the others were regular size. 🙂 I removed the labels, used Goo-Gone to get the sticky stuff off, and gave them a nice coat of gold spray paint. Done!
To keep it simple but add some nature, I filled the cans with baby’s breath and added some cheap mini pumpkins that I painted white last year.
I then added my go-to orange table runner to bring that pop of color to the center and to anchor the cans.
The Place Settings
For each table setting I picked up some inexpensive placemats with great texture from HomeGoods (about $5 for a 4 pack). I thought about painting them, but decided that I really like the natural element they added to the table. (Finally listening to the voice in my head telling me that I don’t have to paint everything 🙂 )
These DIY concrete place card holders were my first attempt at working with concrete and it was so much easier than I thought. I love the industrial modern look that they add, especially with the gold accent.
Some readers have asked questions about the place cards themselves.
I simply cut rectangles from white card stock, wrote the names with a fine tip Sharpie, and put a stroke of orange paint down the side with a small brush from my little lady’s art bin. I just needed a pop of orange and this was the result. A very happy accident!
I love the way the orange bowls look against the dark black table!
Since our dining room is finally complete I plan to have friends and family over for some fall dinners. Posole anyone??
That’s it! I managed to pull together a really nice modern Thanksgiving table setting without spending a fortune.
Sticking to a few inexpensive purchases each year, getting creative with what you already have, and making a few things is the way to go. I’m huge fan of shopping for decor in my own home. Sorta crazy how using something in a new way or a different room can make it exciting all over again!
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