Turn over a new leaf and adorn your tabletop with a few seasonal touches.
Produced by John Loecke
Instead of using a runner, gather a bunch of colorful leaves—or buy some from a craft store—and scatter them down the middle of the table. Dress up everyday white dinnerware by layering on patterned plates. Natural woven placemats and napkin rings add a layer of texture.
Arrange lanterns of varying heights in a row to add visual interest without blocking the sight lines of guests seated across from one another. For a similar effect, choose glass hurricane lamps or candlesticks.
Transform simple glass cylinders by filling them with dried seedpods, acorns or other nuts before adding pillar candles, and arrange them in a cluster. Position bouquets at either end of the table. An easy way to mix and match plates with varying patterns: Place a small colorful print on top of a big two-tone motif.
Casual mixed arrangements of roses and sunflowers in birch bark-wrapped pots give the table a dose of fall flair.
Originally published in the October 17, 2011 issue of Family Circle magazine.