8 Festive Fall Table Decor Ideas

Dress up your dining room with fall centerpieces, seasonal color, and autumn accents.

copper fall table decor

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With the arrival of crisp fall temperatures, it’s time to move the fun inside for the season. During autumn, the dining table is the hub of the home and the center point of all social activity, especially with all the Halloween parties and Thanksgiving celebrations. Dress your home for the occasion with creative fall decorations for the table that also serve as a guaranteed conversation starter.

Take inspiration from the natural beauty of autumn with rich, warm hues and the colorful produce of fall’s harvest. Welcome guests with a striking fall centerpiece composed of foraged goods, or give a pumpkin a newfound use. Whatever the occasion, our budget-friendly DIY fall table decor ideas are sure to make an impression.

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Harvest Bowl Centerpiece

Gourd and cabbage bowl centerpiece

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It might not be edible, but this harvest bowl is a feast for the eyes. Full of the season’s most prized produce, this bowl makes a simple yet effective centerpiece with a grateful message. The round gourds mirror the circular seating arrangement, reinforcing the idea of coming together to celebrate and give thanks for a fruitful harvest. Hit the farmer's market (or head to your own garden) to hunt down the vividly colored vegetables that flourish in autumn, like gourds and red cabbage.

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Bittersweet Branches

Table setting with branches, berries
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Pluck some bittersweet branches out of the forest (or the local greenhouse) and pop them in a vase. The simple, spindly decor looks particularly effective in a modern minimalist aesthetic. The bright red berries add a vibrant burst of color against a bright neutral backdrop. As the berries start to fall, collect them in a vase or small glass bowl and nestle them next to a flameless candle for a warm, inviting glow.

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Rustic Outdoor Fall Table Decor

Gourd pinecone table centerpiece

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A bed of verdant cedar boughs acts as a natural table runner for casual outdoor dining. Layer a trail of gourds, pinecones, acorns, and other fall accents on top to create an elegant yet rustic centerpiece. Long table decor like this is perfect for a rectangular table; all the guests can equally admire it without obstructing views or the passing of food. Later, reuse the fall table decor to spruce up a mantelpiece or sideboard. Smarten up a rustic tablescape with a linen tablecloth and a pillar candle or two for a romantic glow once the sun goes down.

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Gourd Vase Centerpiece

Gourd flower vase centerpiece

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Repurpose gourds for an innovative fall-inspired vase. While you're at the pumpkin patch, pick the gourd to suit your florals. For a large bouquet, opt for a tall, oblong-shaped butternut squash. A small pumpkin looks cute with a singular dahlia or a small bunch of mums. Group different-sized gourd vases together on a cake stand to anchor the focal point and complete your gourd-geous centerpiece. 

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Farmhouse Pumpkin Decor

dining room white pumpkins chandelier
Edmund Barr

Paint pumpkins white to match your whitewashed farmhouse decor. Lay a small pallet on a linen cloth in the center of the table to display your artful pumpkin compilation. Nestle in some fall foliage to add a dash of autumnal color and a rustic touch. Bonus: wrap cotton balls in white tissue paper and dangle them along a piece of string for easy DIY ghost bunting.

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Autumn Leaves Centerpiece

autumn leaves table decor

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Branch out from florals and enjoy the fiery autumnal palette with this simple yet vibrant fall table decor idea. Golden tree branches add just as much color and liveliness to a table as a bunch of flowers. Simply clip a few branches and place them in an oversized vase in the middle of the table. Complete the composition with a bowl of gourds and a plate of walnuts.

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Fall Tray Decor

rustic dining room fall centerpiece decor

Decorative trays are practical table decor because they are contained and transportable. Quickly whip the decor out of the way once the food is ready, or move it over to the coffee table to set the scene for an after-dinner digestif. This wicker tray piled with gourds and pine cones complements the country dining room aesthetic. Anchor the rustic centerpiece with a burlap table runner and allow the fall accents to overflow and trickle down the length of the table.

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Copper Table Decor

copper fall table decor

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Amplify the fiery tones of fall with copper table decor. The gleaming metallic brings a sense of warmth and brilliance to the table, evocative of a roaring fire. Get creative by covering fall features in copper leaf, like gourds, leaves, and walnuts. Mix them amongst candle holders, vases, and other copper decors in a casual, artful display. Combine different copper finishes, like polished, hammered, or antiqued, for an eclectic look.

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