Decorating with Fall Foliage

Turn over a new leaf and adorn your tabletop with a few seasonal touches.


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Take a break from flowers and bring a bit of the forest indoors.

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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.


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Go with the glow of candlelight and rich harvest hues like burgundy and chocolate.

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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.


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Make a grouping of candles and fragrant bouquets the center of attention.

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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.


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Mix Flowers in with Fall Accents

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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.