‘Woodsy and Wise’ Whimsical Fall Table


Happy September! Labor Day unofficially marks the end of summer which means we’re closer to autumn’s arrival and my favorite season! I’m ready for a harvest of pumpkins, warm plaid layers, and cozy meals with the flavors of fall on the menu!

In anticipation, I’m at the table as part of a Fall Tablescape Blog Hop this week! You can find more fall inspiration and autumn tablesettings at the end of this post.

A set of “Woodsy and Wise” plates with fanciful portraits of animals provided the inspiration for a whimsical fall table. Artist Vicki Sawyer was inspired by an idea she had one day while walking– “If birds can build nests, then they can make hats”.


This trio of owls are a hoot wearing flowers as bonnets!

 I *deerly* love this doe with Jack-in-the-pulpits blooming on her head . . .


Chipmunks are chattering about the latest fall fashion and pine cone hats. . .


And *ewe* can always count on the vineyard for fresh cluster of grapes to adorn your head.



I started with a pine cone garland for a ‘woodsy’ note and a foundation and base to build a runner as a centerpiece for the table. I like this garland since it can be used as the base for a mantel or table for Christmas or winter. Since I think of pine cones when I think of fall too, I decided it would work equally well for a fall table.

This is a quick and easy centerpiece and one that you can assemble in less than 10 minutes once you’ve gathered your materials. I added some dried hydrangea blooms, sprigs cut from the lorpetalum shrubs, gourds, white pumpkins and votives to create an organic runner for the table.

Place your items next to one another tucking in along the length of the runner. If you’re making your runner in advance, keep your greenery or any foliage that you’ve cut fresh and hydrated in water, adding them in at the last minute.

Tree slice chargers are serving up assorted plaid plates. A subtle antique wash highlights the relief and pattern of trailing leaf and floral vine on square plates, to pair with the white pumpkins on the table.

Bone-handled flatware adds some warmth and an organic accent to the table, while a pair of napkins are married with a copper leaf napkin ring.

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

Make sure *ewe* click on the links below for more fall table inspiration this week!


Home Is Where The Boat Is | A Casa di Bianca Living With Thanksgiving | Everyday Living


Corner of Plaid and Paisley | Belle Bleu Interiors My French Twist | The Painted Hinge


Debbee’s Buzz | Red Cottage Chronicles Panoply | Celebrate & Decorate


Life and Linda | The Painted Apron | Me and My Captain | Our Crafty Mom


Simple Nature Decor Bluesky at Home Sweet Sensations | Follow The Yellow Brick Home

Table Details:

‘Woodsy and Wise’ Paperproducts Design Appetizer Plates / Amazon

Plaid Plates / Pier 1, last year, used here

White Plates / Pfaltzgraff Country Cupboard, used here

Tree Slice Chargers  / Bed, Bath & Beyond, several years ago

Tablecloth/ HomeGoods, several years ago, used here

Napkins &  Napkin Rings / Pier 1, several years ago

Flatware / Towle Seville

Amber Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside

Votives / World Market, several years ago

Are you ready for fall or sorry to see summer go?

Thank you for your visit, sharing with:

 Between Naps on the Porch

  73 comments for “‘Woodsy and Wise’ Whimsical Fall Table

  1. Rita C.
    September 3, 2018 at 6:16 am

    Mary, I love those Vicki Sawyer plates. They make me smile whenever I look at them. Your whole table is definitely inspiring. I always love a natural centerpiece as you so creatively do. Ready for fall temps, but wish the daylight could stick around. Of course, the party animals probably love frolicking at night.😉

  2. September 3, 2018 at 6:38 am

    Mary, Your tables are so inspiring and I love the natural table runner you created using the pine cone garland! Your animal plates bring a smile to my face. Happy Labor Day! Lisa

  3. September 3, 2018 at 6:48 am

    What a delightful and cheery table filled with your woodland creatures and fall touches! I’m so ready for some cool fall temperatures, fall foliage and pumpkins. Thank you for the smiles this morning. I always look forward to your posts. 🌾🍁🍂 Vicky

  4. September 3, 2018 at 7:17 am

    Mary, thank you for starting off our hop this week with such fun! Your whimsy animal plates are adorable, they have so much character to each one. You made such a beautiful natural runner centerpiece to show off this woodland theme, and even better is how simple you make it seem!! I adore your use of plaids, it’s just perfect for the fall crisp weather!!🍁🍂❤️

  5. September 3, 2018 at 7:43 am

    Mary, I love your whimsical woodsy table. The tree slice chargers and plaid plates show off your new woodland whimsical creature plates and your centerpiece runner with natural elements is amazing. There are no baby boos around here and I really haven’t seen gourds either!
    Very creative post as usual. Your witty commentary was fun. Have a great Labor Day!

  6. September 3, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Adorable plates! And I love your beautiful table runner. It’s very elegant, yet has that rustic woodsy fall feel.

  7. September 3, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Those plates just made me smile this morning, Mary! My favorites were the owls, and the chipmunks…so cute! Your plaid tablecloth was the perfect setting for your gorgeous, and so simple -to -make table runner. I always love the wood chargers, and the plaid plates will go with so many Fall table settings. Thank you for getting me in the Fall mood. Happy Labor Day! Give Gracie and Lola a treat and hug from me.

  8. September 3, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Mary, what a fun and whimsical table. I love the Vicki Sawyer plates with the woodland creatures in their quirky hats and your commentary made me laugh out loud this morning. Your organic centerpiece is so perfect for fall, so far there have been no pumpkins or gourds to be found in my neck of the woods. Your table is full of texture and pattern which you mix so perfectly. It is always a pleasure to blog hop with you and Happy Labor Day!❤️

  9. Sue
    September 3, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Those plates are a hoot! I love your garland centerpiece and seeing all the elements separately, something I think I could tackle for a fall table. Thanks for sharing your creativity and sources. Happy September, fall is my favorite season too.🎃🍁🍂🐿

  10. September 3, 2018 at 8:32 am

    What a wonderful, charming table!! I love summer, so I’m one of the few who can wait awhile for fall. Your table arrangement however does inspire the joys of fall…you are an amazingly talented woman. Thank you as always for sharing your talent!!

  11. September 3, 2018 at 8:44 am

    OMG!! I want those plates!! They are the best I’ve ever seen!! BEAUTIFUL!! Another beauty are your pictures especially of the lake in the fall colors..thanks for sharing..ready for some cool weather and fall colors!! ❤️🌻🌾🍂🍁

  12. Debbie
    September 3, 2018 at 8:46 am

    Thank you for another lovely table! I really appreciate the details on putting together the table runner!!

  13. Sandra
    September 3, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Fall….the most wonderful time of the year! Which leads us right into the next most wonderful time of the year! Your tablescape has inspired me and made me happy!

  14. Melissa
    September 3, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Wow! You always amaze me with your decorating and tablescapes❤️

  15. Kim EKim
    September 3, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Mary, your table is Awsome!

  16. September 3, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Someday, I want to see the extra ‘house’ your store all your goodies in. Those plates are are riot…and I can certainly see them hanging up in the shed…eventually. Great colors, but Fall is my ‘lovely’ time—-grins!.

  17. September 3, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Oh my word! Those plates!! They are adorable. All the natural elements gives me the feeling of a walk in the forest in the autumn! The perfect start to an autumn tablescape blog hop!!

  18. Jo
    September 3, 2018 at 9:34 am

    While I’m sorry to see Summer go, I’m looking forward to my favorite season of the year, Autumn!
    Love the tablescape, the “Woodsy and Wise” plates are really cute. Everything goes together for a cohesive look that invites a joy filled meal with family & friends. Enjoy a restful Labor Day.

  19. Kari
    September 3, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Mary Mary Mary….again a beautiful and original tablescape that inspires us all. You bring to life a whimsical and Autumnal setting that makes one go back, and look at it all again, because there is so much to see and one does not want to miss a single element that makes up this gorgeous table. The Vicki Sawyer plates are so cute and original in their design. The pine garland down the center of your table with the “how to” explained in detail is what sets you apart from all others. Love it! Amazing as usual. It is so fun to blog hop with you and it appears many of us have decided to use plaid tablecloths for our Fall backdrops.

  20. September 3, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Mary, those animal plates are so cute and unique. Fit the fall theme so well. I love all your layering ~ adds depth and dimension to a lovely fall table.

  21. Granny Gay:)
    September 3, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Another brilliant posting, Mary…love all of it! Many thanks for the inspiration you give to so many…

  22. Karen
    September 3, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Like ‘ewe’, I look forward to my favorite season – autumn! There’s just something so cozy and welcoming with fall colors and its elements. I’ve been looking through your blogs and will soon decorate my table copying a couple of your amazing ideas. Thanks for all the joy you bring us!

  23. September 3, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Woo-Hoo bring on fall!!! Those plates are super cute and I can’t believe you found gourds! We still don’t have real pumpkins here yet, I was just looking this morning:@) Happy Labor Day Mary-enjoy!

  24. September 3, 2018 at 11:00 am

    I just adore those animal plates! And sharing the steps for creating the woodsy runner is so helpful. What a beautiful table!

  25. September 3, 2018 at 11:14 am

    That chipmunk plate is beyond adorable!

  26. Maria
    September 3, 2018 at 11:41 am

    This is absolutely gorgeous! I love all the glorious fall colors!

  27. Kathleen
    September 3, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    This is the best fall table setting I’ve seen yet! I raise sheep so, of course, the ewe with her grape headdress is my favorite. I also like the white plates set askew instead of square on the charger…it just makes for a very picture perfect setting. Everything is so detailed right down to the napkins and flatware.

  28. Virginia
    September 3, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Mary, Just love and adore your plates especially the hat adorned animal plates. I happen to have the same tablecloth and am going to pin today’s entry for future reference. Thanks for always sharing your creative designs with us.

  29. Cyndi Raines
    September 3, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Another lovely fall table. Love the plaid and the wooden chargers, the playful animal plates are too cute! That deer with her sweet “doeful” eyes! Precious! Love all things fall, but I am clinging to summer a bit longer with my table dressed in lighthouse dishes and a sea shell filled lantern. Very hot and humid here today, I am for sure resting from my labor and having a lazy holiday! Enjoy that new puppy and give Gracie a hug for me. Happy Labor Day! 🇺🇸

  30. Marilyn Morphis
    September 3, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    My favorite time of year is finally here. Also, as a side thought would you consider sometime sharing with us where you keep all your dishes, glassware, flatware, etc.?

  31. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
    September 3, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Mary, I adore those sweet animal plates with their whimsical nature and rich color palette! All of the fall color you have chosen really sets the mood for the approaching season. As always, everything looks just beautiful! It is always a joy to be on these hops with you!!!

  32. September 3, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Oh my!!! I MUST MUST MUST have those plates!!!!!! So precious!!! I didn’t see where you found them in your listing. I played last nite with my table last night but haven’t finished. You’ve given me more ideas now!!!
    So happy for you and Lola!!!!! She’s a doll. My sophiejane is still hanging on at 18 but she’s peeing and pooping all over my house😢. Deaf and blind. I just don’t think I’m going to have the energy for pup when all of this is over😢….

  33. September 3, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Oops! Never mind. Found them and already ordered!!!!!

  34. Marion
    September 3, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    As usual Mary you always have a beautiful tablescape.

  35. Joan
    September 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Mary I love those plaid plates. They are just right for Fall.

  36. Marilyn
    September 3, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    What a beautiful setting. Those plates with the animals are precious. Thank You for sharing this lovely display.

  37. September 3, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    Mary, a wonderful woodsy tablescape! Oh those adorable, whimsical plates — works of art, wall hanging worthy. Pinned and pinned and…

  38. September 4, 2018 at 2:33 am

    Just… wow! Your table is beautiful, and those plates are gorgeous: I think I need them !

  39. Granny 35 (France)
    September 4, 2018 at 3:48 am

    Quelles ravissantes assiettes, j’aime beaucoup également cette nappe écossaise dans des tons automne. Je vais essayer de trouver un équivalent en France. encore un “post” plein d’inspiration !
    Merci,et bonne journée.

  40. Lexy
    September 4, 2018 at 7:43 am

    I can’t figure out where your information is shared about where you bought the plates.
    Please share here again. Thank you.
    You are such a talented, creative, designer and puppy raiser. Hope you share some experienced ways you train your new puppy. I’m tempted to adopt a puppy soon. Any words of wisdom?

    • September 4, 2018 at 7:57 am

      Thank you Lexy, the table details are listed at the bottom of the post. It’s been 13 years since we’ve had a puppy. I needed a refresher course and just read Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution and highly recommend it! He’s got some great YouTube videos too. 🐾

  41. amberlyonferguson2017
    September 4, 2018 at 8:33 am

    “Ewe” have outdone yourself Mary! It is always a pleasure to visit Home Is Where The Boat Is, but I have always especially loved your fall decor! It is my favorite season and I love how you embrace it in all it’s glory. So happy to be on this tablescape hop with you. Have an amazing fall!
    Follow The Yellow Brick Home

  42. Peyton
    September 4, 2018 at 10:13 am

    We enjoyed a full weekend of football…yay!…but no action in Asheville on leaves or color, or cooling off!
    Your table whets my appetite for what’s to come…our favorite Season.
    Can you say where you got the pinecone garland that you started with? It’s simple and natural.
    I dislike the ‘fakeness’ of many that I see in stores. Where do you recommend buying?
    Thanks, Mary; and please keep inspiring us!

    • September 4, 2018 at 10:28 am

      Thank you Peyton, the garland came from Hobby Lobby 🍂🍁🌾🐿🍽

  43. September 4, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    the plates are too adorable Mary! If they can build a nest they can make a hat!! What a wonderful and optimistic outlook! I love fall too, bring on the pumpkins! Your table is fall perfection 🍁

  44. September 4, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    I love your woodsy take on your fall tablescape! All the plaid and the woodland animal plates add the perfect touch. So happy to be on this hop with you!

  45. September 5, 2018 at 6:34 am

    Those dishes are the cutest! Wonderful fall table. Congratulations on your new pup! I miss having a dog but I don’t know if I cold go through that puppy training stage again.

  46. September 5, 2018 at 8:07 am

    Mary, as always, your table is lovely. Those plates are so whimsical and fun! I really like your layered plate stack, too! I especially like the plaid plates, there is nothing like plaid at this time of year, is there? Is your lovely photo of the colors across the lake from this year? Has the color begun already? I look forward to a drive from Ohio to Florida later this fall, hoping to see some of the lovely fall color. Thank you again for joining another hop and sharing your table styling talents!

  47. Sandra Garth
    September 5, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    The animals look so cute and are so right for this season. I love the simplicity of your stack and the plaid chargers are a great accent. Thanks for the tips on making a garland and it’s always a pleasure to hop with you.

  48. September 6, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Oh so lovely. The Vicki Sawyer plates are perfect. In fact, the whole table is perfect. Thank you, Mary.

  49. September 6, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    You always wow us Mary with your lovely tables. The Vicki Sawyer plates are adorable. Each one is so unique. A fun and whimsical table. your use of the garland is going to be a great inspiration for many. The plate stack is so pretty and I love the plaid. We are all ready for fall. Such a pleasure to join you on this fall tablescape journey. Thank you for your well wishes for my Mom.

  50. Norma Rolader
    September 7, 2018 at 6:25 am

    Just gorgeous and makes you wish fall was here

  51. September 8, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Your fall tablescape is just lovely! The dishes are so adorable! Thank you for sharing the tutorial for the garland. I love quick projects that have a big impact and that woodsy runner definitely does! I am always so inspired by your tablescapes!

  52. Fabby
    May 5, 2021 at 11:51 am

    These plates are adorable and fun Mary. The table is beautiful, so warm and inviting. I love Fall decor the most.

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