Whether you are a bride having a fall-themed wedding or just planning a Thanksgiving dinner party, here are a few simple ideas for incorporating the cozy yet colorful style of the season into your table settings.
The produce section at the grocery store is a great and inexpensive resource for fall centerpieces. Obvious choices include apples, pumpkins and squash. Other less obvious, but still attractive and sophisticated choices include: pears, grapes, persimmons, peppers, artichokes, and cranberries. Martha Stewart has a simple monochromatic autumn centerpiece idea using a variety of orange fruit and vegetables in a ceramic compote vessel.
Mini white pumpkins make unique escort cards, as with this example from The Knot.
For a formal or dramatic tablescape, add elements of gold, brass, or copper. Gold is especially beautiful and happens to be one of the hottest current trends for wedding décor. It is a romantic way of incorporating the season, without alluding too much to a particular holiday.
This example from The Knot shows a wedding centerpiece inspired by romantic still-life paintings. Candlelight votives, vases, and platters with gilded accents are artfully arranged with seasonal fruits, vegetables, and flowers.
This DIY project from Martha Stewart would be great for a Thanksgiving table centerpiece.
Candles always lend a warm and peaceful atmosphere to any occasion. They are also fairly inexpensive and you can get creative with decorating the votives and displays that hold them.
One idea from Better Homes and Gardens is a candle centerpiece made by wrapping green vegetables around each candle. It would make a lovely Thanksgiving centerpiece.
An idea from Weddingomania involves tall cylinder glass vases with candles floating on water with festive orange flowers submerged below.