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Fall Inspired Outdoor Tablescape

Today, we’re excited to share our Fall Inspired Outdoor Tablescape as part of the Fall Festival Blog Hop hosted by the always sweet Kendra of Joy in Our Home featuring 25 talented and creative bloggers!

If you’re new to The Crowned Goat or visiting from the fantastic Elizabeth Joan Designs, welcome, we’re so glad you’re here!

Fall in Florida

We live on a tiny island in Florida and eating outside is one of our favorite Fall activities. In fact, if we could eat outside every day of the week, we probably would! Even though it doesn’t technically feel like Fall until about Thanksgiving in Florida, we always hold out hope it’s going to come early.

We really like to keep things easy when it comes to dining outside. While I’m definitely intentional about how I pull everything together, I’m also very aware that comfortable and relaxed is our ultimate goal.

Here are a few things to consider when putting together a Fall Inspired Outdoor Tablescape of your own…

Start with Fabric

As with all our tablescapes, both indoor and out, we almost always start by layering a piece of fabric on the table. Now is a great time to buy Fall inspired fabrics at your local craft store for reasonable prices or to use your favorite plaid blanket. Most of our plaid blankets came from thrift stores or estate sales off season which made them super cheap!

Add the Place Settings

Once you’ve chosen the fabric for your table, let the color palette found in the fabric guide your place setting choices. Depending on how many people you plan to host for dinner your place setting will likely include a charger, various size plates depending on how many courses you’re serving, silverware and/or cutlery pieces, glasses and napkins.

One of our Instagram friends told us about these plates from the Family Dollar in early September and they’re perfect for indoor or outdoor use. They’re made of melamine which makes it so much easier when the littles come to visit. Bonus, they were only $1.50 each!

Create a Centerpiece with Fall Foliage, Seasonal Blooms, Herbs, Fruits or Autumn Vegetables 

Mums will always have our hearts for Fall but you could also use magnolia leaves, sticks, autumnal leaves, blooming branches, pinecones, and deer sheds which are usually plentiful this time of year.

In addition, you could easily create a fall inspired outdoor tablescape centerpiece with your favorite seasonal fruits and vegetables. They can help to add quick and easy pops of color for a festive budget friendly seasonal feel.

Arrange them in a grouping, around each place setting, in a wooden dough bowl, a vintage box or a tulip crate for a rustic feel. Honestly, there are so many different options so be as creative as you like!

Consider Your Lighting Options 

Battery operated candles, softly lit votives and candlesticks or a string of fairy lights will help to produce a warm and welcoming ambience. Keep in mind, you’ll need to make sure both candles and surface are well protected to guard against any potential fire hazards.

Set up an Easy Drink and/or Food Buffet 

One of the best things you can do when hosting dinner outside is to make getting food and drinks as easy as possible by setting up a food station or buffet. We’ve used this old workbench as a buffet for years so family, friends and guests can help themselves whenever they want.

This will not only free you up to welcome guests but to also relax and enjoy dinner!

Break out the Blankets & Pillows 

If you live in a climate with chilly temps this time of year, break out the blankets for your family, friends and guests to be more comfortable. You’ll likely all be lingering over a long meal anyway, so you may as well cozy up while you’re enjoying each other.

I hope these tips have helped! Thanks so much for spending time with us today, we’re glad you stopped by!

Make sure to check out Farmhouse Flair Designs which is the next stop on The Fall Festival Blog Hop and all the rest of the creative ideas these fabulous ladies have to share …

Mantles on Monday

Joy in Our Home | County Road 407 | Poofing the Pillows |

Follow The Yellow Brick Home | City Girl Meets Farmboy

Tablescapes on Tuesday

The Latina Next Door | My Creative Days | Elizabeth Joan Designs |

The Crowned Goat | Farmhouse Flare Designs

Recipes on WednesdayCherished Bliss | Countryside Cravings | Love In My Oven |

Chocolate with Grace | Making It In The Mountains

Vignettes on Thursday anderson + grant | DIY Beautify | Timeless Creations |

The Painted Hinge | Rain & Pine

Front Porches on FridayLantern Lane Designs | Little Brags | Chatfield Court

Camelot Art Creations | R and R at Home

Want more Fall inspiration? In our next post, we’ll share our Fall Front Porch Tour

Many blessings,


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  1. Such a beautiful outdoor setting! I love everything you added for fall and I would never leave this spot. It is so cozy and welcoming! Thank you for sharing it!

    1. Thank you so much, Lindsay! That’s pretty much how I felt when I saw your gorgeous tablescape too. I could have cozied up with a cup of cider and hung out with you for the rest of the day 🙂 Sending you lots of hugs for a happy Fall! CoCo

  2. Wow, Coco, this is pretty. I think the mix of pumpkins in your dough bowl is awesome and your plaid table runner is one of my favorite plaids. I’ve looked for it everywhere but I haven’t been able to find it. One day we’re all going to cozy up around this table and just hang out. Just beautiful

    1. I found the fabric at a thrift store several years ago, Sarah, and it’s one of my favorites too. I swear if I ever find it again I’m going to buy an entire bolt ha ha. Thanks so much for your sweet words, CoCo

  3. Coco, this makes me want to take all of our beautiful indoor things right out the door and set up a tablescape in the backyard! So pretty!

    Happy to be on this tour with you. 🙂

    1. Aww you’re sweet, Stacey, thank you! I’m still pining over your gorgeous lantern. I love all the soft pops of turquoise in your living room too. It’s all so pretty. Hugs, CoCo

  4. Your entire outdoor space is gorgeous! Those chargers and pumpkin plates are perfect together! This would be so nice for an outdoor Thanksgiving dinner. Absolutely lovely.

    1. I appreciate it, Yami, thank you! We love being out here as much as possible especially during the Fall season. Thinking about eating on the patio at Thanksgiving is a great idea. I can’t tell you how many times it’s been warm enough to wear flip flops until late December 🙂 so we’ll have to give it a try. Hugs, CoCo

  5. What a beautiful outdoor space to enjoy the season! Those dishes are adorable and I love the colours you’ve woven into your tablescape!

    1. Thanks so much, Kristi, I really appreciate it. I know it’s been colder than what you guys would probably like but I hope you and your family are able to soak in every bit of Fall possible. The seasons don’t really change in Florida so it’s been fun to follow along on all your adventures. Hugs, CoCo

  6. Sabrena Reed says:

    I LOVE THE PLATES! Beautiful Table…

    1. Thanks so much, Sabrena! Check out the Family Dollar and see if you can find them too. They were very inexpensive! Hugs for a happy day, CoCo

  7. I simply adore your outdoor tablescape and dessert buffet! It all looks so inviting. I can imagine a dinner party with lots of laughter and smiles. How fun. Thanks for being in the hop. I’ve truly enjoyed it and have pinned it for my inspiration later.

    1. Thank you bunches, Cindy! It’s always fun to be on this hop with you too. You are so creative and your Fall mantel is beautiful. One day we’ll have to sit around this table and swap our best junkin tips. Sending you hugs, CoCo

  8. Hi there Coco, oh myyyyyyy you went all out with your outdoor fall table. I am in love with all the natural elements you used. Gorgeous set up and I hope you will actually be able to eat outdoors before it get’s too cold!

    1. Thanks so much Christine! I swear as soon as it gets down in the 80s and the coastal winds are blowing I’m all, “Fall is coming!” ha ha. We love to eat outside so you know I’m looking for any possible excuse. I can’t wait to see your Fall porch. Your porches are always amazing in every season. Hugs, CoCo

  9. I simply adore your outdoor fall tablescape! I love how you arranged the tablecloth. The neutral pumpkins and eucalyptus centerpiece is gorgeous. And those pumpkin and gourd plates are just too cute! You’ve really captured the essence of fall! So happy to be on this hop with you!

    1. I appreciate your sweet words, Michelle, thank you so much. Decorating for Fall is my favorite time of year because we actually get to enjoy it. We travel a lot during the holidays so we try to take full advantage of Fall whenever possible 🙂 I can’t wait to see your Fall vignette on Thursday! Hugs, CoCo

  10. Malinda Linnebur says:

    We love to eat outdoors especially in the spring and fall when the weather is so beautiful!! And I absolutely love your tablescape and your runner!! Thank you for such wonderful ideas!!

    1. Thank you bunches, Malinda! We love to eat outside too. Sometimes we get to sleep late on a Saturday and we’ll have brunch out on the back patio and it feels like the biggest luxury. It’s been so fun blog hopping with you! I hope you and your family are having a happy Fall season so far. Hugs, CoCo

  11. Great tips for decorating and dining outdoors! I love your fall table 😉

    1. I appreciate your kind words, Cindy, thank you so much! Hugs and Happy Fall, CoCo

  12. CoCo – your outdoor tablescape is gorgeous! As always, you have blown us away with your style and grace. We never would have guessed that the beautiful plates were melamine!!! Perfect for outdoor entertaining. Your decorating tips are so inspiring and helpful. Much love.

    1. You guys are the best and as always your sweet comments make my day! You both have a standing invitation to snuggle up out here any day of the week! Big hugs, CoCo

  13. I just appreciate all the goodness you share and the creativity you have! I love sharing this blog hop with you! Thank you again!!

    1. Thank you so much Kelly! It’s been so much fun hopping with you too. You guys area seriously so talented and creative. I love everything you share. Hugs for a happy day, CoCo

  14. Love your beautiful Tablescape!! I’m in Florida as well so I know what you mean about the temps!?? Your side table all decorated for Fall is gorgeous!! Happy hopping with you!

    1. Oh my gosh, Desiree, you definitely know all about the Florida heat and sticky ha ha! I tell all my friends don’t come in the summer or during hurricane season. Visit Florida in April or November 🙂 Thank you so much for all your sweet words. It’s been a lot of fun hopping with you too. Hugs, CoCo

  15. I love your beautiful fall table. All of the soft green pumpkins you added match perfectly with your pretty plates. Such a festive spot to enjoy a fall meal.

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