At the Table: Fall’s Last Hurrah and Cornucopia Napkin Fold

Happy Monday! I’m at the table for fall’s last hurrah, with plaid, pumpkins, and the last of the hydrangeas.

Fall is my favorite season and has been late to arrive in North Carolina this year.


I took my cue from Mother Nature, using her color palette as inspiration for a ‘fall’s last hurrah’ table.

 I cut the last of the hydrangeas before they were frost-nipped over the weekend. They’re paired with mini pumpkins, nuts, leaves and votives for a casual and organic runner for the table. I love using natural elements and the interest they add to the table. This runner is easy to recreate, varying your elements to coordinate with your table or dinnerware. Keep them low enough to see over and not interfere with conversation while dining.


I blame my recent purchase of ‘new-to-me’ plates on this little transferware pitcher/creamer that I found for $4 this summer.


I found a set of four dinner plates on eBay to add to a collection of brown transferware.

Mason’s Ascot with its scalloped border and brown multicolor floral basket seemed perfectly suited for an autumn or Thanksgiving table. I loved the little butterfly detail too!

Hydrangeas, mini pumpkins, nuts, and leaves are placed down the center of the table for an easy centerpiece and natural and organic table runner. Mercury glass votives add a little sparkle and soft glow.

Arrange your elements down the center of your table. If you’re using natural leaves that will wilt, place them in a zip top bag in the refrigerator to keep them fresh and from wilting or in vases of water, and add them at the last minute. If you’re using perishable flowers or greenery, you can use floral water picks, available at the craft store, concealing them under leaves or hidden among the other elements in your runner.


Napkins are folded in cornucopia shape or Tussie Mussie with Thanksgiving on the horizon.

To make a cornucopia, start by folding napkin in half, and then half again, to make a square.


Roll your napkin into a cone shape. I added a piece of wrapping tissue inside the bottom of the cone to help it keep its shape.

 Tie your napkin with decorative ribbon. I used a double-sided wire edge ribbon. Fill your cornucopia with treats for your guests or family members.

‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice, and I filled the cornucopias with Lindor Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Truffles and Pumpkin Spice Hersey’s Kisses.


Our November weather has been like a roller coaster, with daytime temperatures fluctuating from the 40s to 70s.

November’s weather is typically mild and pleasant for dining on our porch through Thanksgiving.




Table Details:

Transferware dinner plates / Mason’s Ascot

White chargers / HomeGoods, several years ago

Plaid Tablecloth / HomeGoods

Copper chargers / Hobby Lobby

Napkins / Pier1, several years ago

Flatware / Mikasa Cameo Gold

 Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside

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  41 comments for “At the Table: Fall’s Last Hurrah and Cornucopia Napkin Fold

  1. November 13, 2017 at 8:10 am

    WOW!! Beautiful table setting! Of course my favorite is the dishes..what a find…I love brown transferware but have not seen this are very lucky to have gotten the first pieces so cheap!! Weather has been a roller coaster up here too..but we here, expect that in the Fall..thanks for another great center piece…🍂🍁🦃

  2. November 13, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Delightful napkins and love the cornucopia fold. Mason’s has some of the prettiest patterns. I’m loving your natural centerpiece and those scalloped chargers! Great tip about freezing the leaves.
    Wow, You have so many tablecloths! Both my tables are so wide it is hard to find tablecloths that fit.

    • Jane Teague
      November 13, 2017 at 9:16 am

      Bonnie, I don’t think you want to freeze the leaves for fear of a sloppy mess on your tablecloth when they thaw. Just refrigerate them, as Mary suggests.

  3. November 13, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Your table is positively stunning! I can always depend on you to provide plenty of eye candy! Enjoy your week.

  4. RS
    November 13, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Wow, a luscious table! Love the Mason transferware, it was made for you.

  5. November 13, 2017 at 9:10 am

    That is so, so pretty Mary. I remember that Mason’s Ascot pitcher – good job finding the plates! Beautiful overhead shots. The first one of us to break a hip standing precariously for a photo shoot must fess up! Funny, not funny. Have a good week.

  6. Jane Teague
    November 13, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Mary, Your Balance of color is always so spot on. I love the napkins, as well as the entire living centerpiece. Isnt it fun to make November so beautiful? Enjoy these last days of autumn splendor!

  7. November 13, 2017 at 9:54 am

    I’m loving your beautiful, living runner, Mary, and your new dinner plates! Oh how I love brown transferware, and the Mason Ascot pattern is so pretty. Thanks for sharing the easy cornucopia napkin fold, with yummy treats inside.

  8. Cyndi Raines
    November 13, 2017 at 10:18 am

    What a lovely table setting, that new little pitcher is darling! Thanks for the napkin tutorial, have pinned and will try. Right now my napkins are in the turkey fan-tail you showed us how to do last week. Love all the special details, another show-stopper Mary!

  9. November 13, 2017 at 10:34 am

    An absolutely perfect table! I kept going back and scrolling through all the components. Your dinnerware is an extraordinary find and I love everything else as well: your living runner, your tablecloth, your chargers……..the whole space epitomizes what all we tablescapers love about the fall. Bravo!!! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  10. Donna Milazzo
    November 13, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Those new brown transferware plates are adorable! The white chargers give them the perfect base to show off.

  11. franki
    November 13, 2017 at 11:12 am

    WELL..I fell for your fall tablescape!! LUV IT!! franki

  12. November 13, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    I love this Mary- could be a perfect table for Thanksgiving too! The dishes are wonderful and I love how the napkins were rolled into a cone. I think I will be borrowing that for my table!

  13. November 13, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Mary – those plates are to die for!!! I’ll be on the hunt for those at a reasonable price :-) Everything about this table screams Thanksgiving. I love it!

  14. November 13, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Pinned away!….The table is stunning and I gasped when I saw the Tussie Mussie/Cornucopia napkin fold! I am sad to see the leaves fall as we wind down Fall…your table certainly is a most beautiful send off to Fall.

  15. Marilyn
    November 13, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    As usual everything is beautiful. The napkins are so pretty.
    Thanks for sharing.

  16. Joan
    November 13, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Mary I love your new dinner plates and they match beautifully with the pitcher.

  17. Joan
    November 13, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Your table setting is breathtaking. Fall has been late in New York too.

  18. November 13, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    I would love to have Thanksgiving dinner at this table Mary! The satin ribbon around the napkins is such a pretty touch:@)

  19. November 13, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Another gorgeous tablescape! I love the cornucopia napkins filled with truffles –very clever.

  20. November 13, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    What a cornucopia of beautiful images!!! This table is Autumn perfection! We have had a hard freeze already so the pumpkins froze and went in the trash and all the flowers are brown or dead:(:( I would have to do this in Oct. I am pinning away though for inspiration for next year! Gorgeous, Mary!

  21. Norma Rolader
    November 13, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Oh my thank you Love the napkin

  22. November 13, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Beautiful, Mary! I love the napkin fold idea and pinned it. I can see filling it with a variety of things. Your table is stunning. Love the transfer ware! Happy Thanksgiving!

  23. November 14, 2017 at 1:32 am

    Beautifull arrangement for the table and I love love your white dishes.
    Have a great week Mary

  24. November 14, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Gorgeous tablescape! Loving the napkin fold. Mason’s Ascot pattern is also my autumn/Thanksgiving china. I love it, and it goes with so many different colors.

  25. Virginia
    November 14, 2017 at 11:59 am

    As always so very beautiful. Thank you.

  26. November 14, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    LOVE the cornucopia Tussie Mussies! So cute and so pretty! Everything is Thanksgiving perfect Mary, just gorgeous!

  27. Rattlebridge Farm
    November 15, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Love the fresh centerpiece and the transferware, along with the pretty tussle mussie napkin fold. The view from your porch shows a blazing Carolina autumn, and the foggy water photo is breathtaking. I love your neck of the woods!

  28. November 16, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Such a nice way to leave a sweet treat for each guest at their place setting. I love the natural elements you have used for your centerpiece. Enjoy the last of your Fall weather!!

  29. November 16, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Your table is beautiful! I love the little treat for every guest! Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

  30. Debra Wilbourn
    November 17, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Love decorating with nature’s elements!! The table is stunning!!

  31. Kim Ezman
    November 19, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Mary, I so enjoy your posts….love your style! Happy Thanksgiving

  32. Nancy
    November 8, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    What a lovely table! We may get snow here in Michigan tomorrow. Our trees still have leaves and fall has been a roller coaster here too. Thank you for making my dreary day a little brighter. I love those dishes. As always, you find the most beautiful dinnerware and add your delightful, creative touches to the tablescape.

  33. barbaramantelandtablecom
    November 14, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    This is such a gorgeous table, Mary! I love your tussie mussie napkins and their goodies, too! :) Your landscape is absolutely stunning, and your photos of it are beautiful – I want to just sit there at the water’s edge all day! 💗 Thanks for more wonderful inspiration!

  34. Marilyn
    August 2, 2021 at 10:58 am

    Beautiful!!! I know this is probably much too late, but could you tell me the brand of the tablecloth?

    • August 2, 2021 at 11:44 am

      Hi Marilyn, All the sources are the bottom of the post. The plaid tablecloth came from HomeGoods several years ago. Check their stores around September. :)

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