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