A Fall Table with Woodland Friends and DIY Table Runner

September is just a few days away which means we’re closer to autumn’s arrival and my favorite season!

I’m counting down the days until fall, anxious for autumnal hues, a harvest of pumpkins, warm plaid layers, and cozy meals with the flavors of fall on the menu!

In celebration, I’m at the table as part of a Fall Tablescape Blog Hop this week! You can find more fall inspiration and autumn tables from this talented group of bloggers at the end of this post.

For this is an early fall table, I harvested materials for an easy and natural table runner. Endless summer hydrangeas have faded and dried to a papery texture, joining green oak leaves and clippings from the shrubs, faux fall leaves, wooden acorns, grapevine pumpkins and mercury glass votives.

They’re placed down the center of the table, allowing the colors and textures to blend and transition from summer to fall for a casual and organic table runner.

This is an easy method to add a little nature and interest to the table, and one you can use to assemble a runner in less than 10 minutes once you’ve gathered your materials.

 Let me introduce you to some woodland friends that have joined me at the table in anticipation of fall’s arrival. . .

 Daisy the Fox is ready for fall, dressed for the season and adorned with a plaid ribbon, leaves and acorns.

Chloe the Jack Rabbit hopped to the table. . .

Her whiskers are twitching in anticipation of an abundant autumn.

And last but not least, Mazey the Squirrel is foraging for acorns. . .

And perched on a pumpkin, awaiting fall’s arrival!

Amber goblets are waiting to be filled with Apple Cider Sangria, an easy seasonal cocktail using fresh apple cider. . .

 Ideal for tailgating or sipping, just because it’s fall!

Place settings are layered to add color and texture starting with a linen textured tablecloth as a foundation for the table. Pumpkin-colored hemstitch napkins are placed on the diagonal for accent and color, framing natural jute placemats.

And a farmhouse plaid napkin is paired with a butterscotch yellow twill, topped with an acorn branch napkin ring. Bone handled flatware provides some added texture and warmth to the table.

Thank you to Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate for organizing this Fall Tablescape Blog Hop!

Click on the links below for more fall table inspiration this week!

Everyday Living • Home is Where the Boat Is •My Kentucky Living •
Bluesky Kitchen • My Thrift Store Addiction

Rattlebridge Farm • Knock it Off Kim • The Painted Apron • Savvy Apron • Living With Thanksgiving

Sweet Sensations • Twelve On Main • Life and Linda • Rosemary and Thyme

Table Details:

Woodland friends salad plates/ Pier 1

 Plaid  & Yellow Napkins / Pier 1

Jute Placemats / Target

Tablecloth/ HomeGoods, Hemstich Napkins

Acorn Leaf Napkin Rings / Mud Pie, last year

Flatware / Towle Seville, several years ago

Goblets / Hobby Lobby, several years ago

Wooden Acorns, Grapevine Pumpkins / Hobby Lobby, several years ago

Votives / World Market, several years ago

Thank you for your visit, sharing with:

 Metamorphosis MondayThe Scoop,
Wow Us WednesdaysTablescape ThursdayHome Sweet Home,  Feathered Nest Friday
 Foodie Friday and Everything Else Link Party

  88 comments for “A Fall Table with Woodland Friends and DIY Table Runner

  1. August 28, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Hello you made a beautifull fall table. I wish I were in the State to buy so lovely table complements.
    Congratulation for your exquisite taste.

  2. August 28, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Mary, your creative flair never ceases to amaze me. No one but you would think to name the cute woodland animals on your plates. Great layers of texture and autumn colors and patterns. My favorite item is your pumpkin colored hemstitched linen napkins place on the diagonal framing your jute placemats. Plaid napkins with acorn leaf napkin rings pull everything together as does your creative organic table runner.

    • August 28, 2017 at 6:39 am

      Thank you Bonnie! I can’t take credit for naming the plates, they were named by Pier 1 🐿 🐰 🦊 🍂🍁

      • Kay Arnold
        August 29, 2017 at 7:49 pm

        Those plates are the cutest thing ever! Just love how you have put everything together. Miss the old days when we were all on the forum. I enjoy visiting your blog, you are very talented. Kay aka Luvstocraft

  3. Marty Larson
    August 28, 2017 at 6:58 am

    I can not put into words how warm, cozy, happy, content, excited for Autumn….these beautiful pictures make me feel. (Are you familiar with Hygge?) The layers of beautiful texture are so inspiring. I spend hours admiring your tablescapes. Thank you for doing what you do.

  4. August 28, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Mary, you are such a master at tablescaping! Your details are simply unsurpassed of any I’ve ever seen. I’m a little late to the Mud Pie party, but found it in abundance in Naples and picked up a couple things. Love it, and I love your table. I’m looking forward to fall too.

  5. August 28, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Beautiful tablescape! Salad plates are so cute with they woodland’s puppies 🐿

  6. Barbara Barnes
    August 28, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Wow! I am awestruck…completely gorgeous autumn table. I went to Pier 1 website and cannot find those salad plates. They are perfect. Can you help?

  7. Granny Gay
    August 28, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Come on FALL!!! We are ready in Louisiana and your blog today certainly is encouraging that it will arrive soon. Along with fall, always come football, and your table would be one to duplicate on a smaller scale for a tailgate party…not only are the pictures spectacular, but your words used in describing what you have done are also top notch and add so much interest. They always tell a brief story…many thanks again…:)

  8. Jane Teague
    August 28, 2017 at 8:20 am

    As the days get shorter, a lighter twinkling of lights amid nature seems just right. Your color choices and hues are perfect to gently Lead us into this most beautiful season ahead. Your table is so very nice.

  9. RS
    August 28, 2017 at 8:32 am

    TILT! Love this tablescape, I don’t want to leave (pun intended). Thank you for the work you put into sharing it with us.

  10. Kim
    August 28, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Perfect and so beautiful for the season, not to mention a great way to kick off this hop! The past few days have been a bit cool in the morning – fall is definitely on it’s way. I’m really loving your woodland creature dinnerware!

  11. Yarlette Gebarowski
    August 28, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Love everything about your beautiful table setting. I love Autumn and all the beautiful colors.you are so talented in design .Love everything you do.

  12. Jo
    August 28, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Love this Autumn tablescape, the woodland animal plates are lovely! Everything works together-different textures of linens, mats, & napkins, and flowers all add up to an inviting table. Love Autumn, so I’m looking forward to all your ideas this Fall, this is a great start! Thank you. Jo

  13. Sandi Allen
    August 28, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Simply Beautiful as always! Love the Fall colors and the animal plates are so adorable. Thank You for sharing!

  14. August 28, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Gorgeous as usual!! I love Fall.. ready for the waning flowers and garden items to be done!! Thank you for sharing!!! 🌻🌼🌽

  15. August 28, 2017 at 9:29 am

    The woodland creatures are irresistible Mary, and I can almost see them frolicking among the leaves and fall things down the center of your table! I love these bountiful centerpieces you do, running the length of the table, they are so pretty and every place has a view. The dried hydrangeas and grapevine pumpkins are wonderful with the soft autumn colors you’ve chosen for the napkins and place settings. Fabulous Fall! Happy Hopping~

  16. August 28, 2017 at 9:43 am

    I love your woodland friends on your plates, Mary, and your easy runner arrangement is so pretty! It also makes it easy to see your guests, and not have to talk to me over some thing tall. Your flatware, napkins, and goblets complement everything perfectly.

  17. August 28, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Your seasonal tablescapes are so beautiful…inspiring! Love your Fall photos! Thank you for sharing!

  18. August 28, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Mary, I love everything about your fall table! Your natural table runner is so lovely and I adore your sweet dishes! I’m excited to be participating in the blog hop with you. Blessings, Cecilia

  19. August 28, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Classic Fall Table Setting by Mary
    This table scape should be in a magazine! You are a Master at decorating!!
    BEAUTIFUL….I’m ready to decorate for Fall. Thanks for such inspiration in all you do!

  20. Marty Oravetz
    August 28, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Your tablesettings are always stunning

  21. Karen
    August 28, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Good morning Mary. At first, I was a little surprised at seeing your fall tablescape. Here in Los Angeles, temperatures are soaring well over 100 and we have September coming, the hottest month of the year. But in reflection, taking my mind off the heat and looking forward to cooler days and nights is a wonderful distraction! Thanks for helping taking the edge off the heat!

  22. August 28, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful table scape. I love all this little details that make it fabulous! And those animal plates…just darling!

  23. August 28, 2017 at 10:40 am

    I just have to say, those plates are the cutest! I love them…..
    Your table setting is wonderful….

  24. August 28, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Hey Mary, This is just lovely. The colors warm my heart and make me anxious for fall. Looking forward to seeing what else you have in store for us during this beautiful Fall season.

  25. Cynthia Raines
    August 28, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Oh Mary it is so very pretty, love all of it, especially the napkin rings and the natural table runner . Not quite ready to say good bye to summer, we are at the lake, but it is cooler and starting to feel like fall.

  26. August 28, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Mary, your woodland friends table is absolutely stunning. I have been eyeing those Pier 1 plates. The natural table runner is so perfect for transitioning from summer to fall. I am swooning over the flatware! Thanks for sharing your gift with all of us!

  27. Jane
    August 28, 2017 at 11:02 am


  28. August 28, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Oh my goodness, those plates! Adorable. Your table really sets the stage for a cozy fall dinner with family or friends. So very pretty!

  29. Kari
    August 28, 2017 at 11:26 am

    I love your tablescape Mary. I am using something similar in the way of salad plates for my table setting. Great minds think alike….I really like the little animals in a Fall setting.

  30. August 28, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Simply Lovely, inspiring me to at least do a late summer tablescape. I’m always behind, love this though, Thank you, Sandi

  31. August 28, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    L-O-V-E these dishes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. August 28, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Mary, you never cease to amaze me with another stunning tablescape. You have really captured the feeling of fall, both with your creative runner/centerpiece and all of the details you have added to your table. I love your stemware, something I need to collect more of. My favorite accent is those pretty acorn napkin rings, just beautiful! Thank you again for joining another tablescape blog hop!

  33. August 28, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    As always so beautiful and inspirational. Thanks again.

  34. Marion
    August 28, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Mary I too am a fan of Autumn. You have made me want to start decorating for the season. your table setting is gorgeous as it always is. Thank You for sharing.

  35. Joan
    August 28, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Fall is my favorite season also. I am in love with your animal Autumn plates. Everything is beautiful.
    Thank You for sharing your home .

  36. Marilyn
    August 28, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Thank You for sharing your Autumn settings. The plates,runner and napkins are very lovely. Autumn is my favorite season. We will start decorating this week for the season. Thank You for always giving your readers great ideas to decorate.

  37. August 28, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Just amazing as usual Mary. I have been following your blog longer than any other. You are a master at this and I love your fur babies. Keep it coming!

  38. Norma Rolader
    August 28, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    WOW!!!! Come on fall!!!! Beautiful table thank you for sharing God bless

  39. Aquitelife
    August 28, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    It is 113, I can’t imagine a cool fall is on our horizon! If you did your table here it would spontaneously explode… fall is my favorite season too, along with our matching dishes, every night I have 5 foxes on my deck, I think these are the sweetest dish Fox I have seen :-) I started pack ing my dishes, it will take a year to move over a set a day ;-)

    Thanks for the fall preview, it’s truly a dreamscape in today’s heat!

  40. August 28, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    The woodland creatures are just adorable and you paint a perfect picture of fall.

  41. August 28, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Your table is beautiful, Mary, and I especially love the little fox plate! I like his collar made from fall ribbon, leaves, and acorns!

  42. Rattlebridge Farm
    August 28, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Mary, your tablescape puts me in the mood for the cozy season. I love how you layered the placemats to echo the layers of fall clothing (the temp dropped today, and I had to find a wrap–lovely!). The plates are so cute, and your centerpiece glows with the votives. I am looking forward to seeing the season at your table and she shed. 🍄🍁🍂🌾🌻

  43. August 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    I remeber when you first did a natural runner like this and I copied it immediately! I will do it again this year! The setting is gorgeous and I LOVE those goblets and the flatware! We are having some early fallish weather and I am loving it! High today, 72! Have a beautiful week, Mary!

  44. August 28, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    OMG Mary, I love those dishes. And the wooden acorns and the silverware. And the hydrangeas. So pretty. Makes me kind of want fall to get here. Everything is just lovely. Super job.

  45. August 28, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    The first thing I thought was, “now i did not see those adorable plates that truly come to life at PB?” then when I saw your source list I see that they are Pier 1 …. they are super adorable and you placed “your friends” on a table of something that they would adore…as they are in their habitat of their woodland forest….As always, you have layered the table with such pretties and create a stunning place where your guest will dine and want to linger because it makes them happy! Cannot believe that September is just around the corner!

  46. August 28, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Your tables are always stunning Mary and this one is no exception. I love those adorable plates from Pier 1. I was almost tempted to buy them… They truly look beautiful on your table. The place mats, napkin rings and centerpiece are also very pretty. You certainly captured autumn’s beautiful color palette. I can’t help but be inspired!!! And may I say, your photography is incredible.

    It is a pleasure visiting you and joining you on this fun bloghop.


  47. Paula
    August 28, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    OmyGoodness , I love those plates !! I will be heading to Pier1 tomorrow !! (you’re such a trouble maker wink wink) and the flatware is perfect !! Yes, who doesn’t love Fall !?!! we are heading out east to R.I. in a week or so, hope we see a peek of leaves changing colors ?!!?!
    Looking forward to the changing seasons with all your wonderful posts coming our way, Thanks again for sharing!

    • August 29, 2017 at 5:18 am

      Hi Paula, We’ve never been to Rhode Island, it’s on our bucket list and would love to leaf peep in New England! Enjoy your trip! 🍂 🍁🛫

  48. August 28, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    So enjoyed seeing your beautiful fall tablescape with the terrific colour scheme, fantastic dishes and accessories. My very favourite though is the gorgeous centerpiece – I love how it meanders down the length of the table and creates such a statement. Mixing real with faux florals/greenery is a wonderful trick that really fools the eye and you’ve done it to perfection.

  49. August 29, 2017 at 1:06 am

    Beautiful tablescape! Salad plates are so cute with they woodland’s puppies

  50. Micy
    August 29, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Absolutely gorgeous fall arrangement! Your attention to detail always inspires me! Thank you for proving me with hours of enjoyment and happiness when looking at your designs.

  51. Bobbi Duncan
    August 29, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Mary, you always amaze me with the number of gorgeous table settings you create. I have copied many and this one is now on my list as well Would you be so kind to tell me where you found the white dinner and salad plates. I just love the look…seems to go with most everything. Crushing on that flatware! We’re starting to see just a hint of fall color starting here in SE PA and temps have dropped into the low 70’s. I’m loving every minute as we had an unusually hot and humid summer this year.

    • August 29, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you Bobbi! The dinner plates are Mikasa French Countryside and the white chargers are not marked, except for “Portugal” on the back. I found the chargers at HomeGoods several years ago. We’ve enjoyed the same wonderful weather as you have, an anomaly for this time of year and nice change to the 90s!

  52. August 30, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Mary, what a lovely tablescape for fall. The plates are darling and I am sure anyone who gets the privilege of sitting there is loving it. You cannot go wrong using those pretty white plates. The fall arrangement is so pretty and those napkins are perfect with this theme. A pleasure to share this tablescape blog hop with you.

  53. August 31, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Those plates are adorable! I love them! Your tablescape is so beautiful! I love the layered placemats and charger, it gives it so much texture! The colors are so lovely too!

  54. September 1, 2017 at 8:39 am

    I’m completely blown away, such a gorgeous table. Makes me wish that the trees would start turning color right now. Your woodland friends are just adorable Mary and the table runner is wonderful. I love the texture it’s bringing. I could sit and enjoy it for hours.

  55. September 2, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Your table is so beautiful! The woodland animal theme dishes are so pretty and I just love those fall colors! Its been so much fun visiting all the pretty fall tables on this hop…

  56. September 2, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    How lovely your tablesetting is! Thank you for many wonderful ideas.

  57. Michelle James
    September 4, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    I so enjoyed your beautiful tablescape!! The woodland dishes are so pretty & I love all the flowers!

  58. Fabby
    August 29, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Your table is stunning dear friend. You did an amazing job with the DIY great runner. The plates are awesome too !

  59. November 3, 2020 at 7:33 am

    I just love your traditional style. Bravo!

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