Traditional table settings donâ€™t have to be overly formal or lacking in individuality. Put a modern twist on traditional style with highly contrasted colors and classic patterns, such as botanicals or florals, in a larger scale.
Think outside of the fruit bowl and tuck some edible goodness into flower bouquets as well. Black grapes look striking against hydrangeas and eucalyptus leaves. Pinecones and mini artichokes still look "floral," but add a different texture. Play around with combinations to see what looks interesting. Tip: The grapes were simply nestled into this flower arrangement, but larger fruit can be stuck on wooden skewers.
Silk floral is available in a wide variety of styles and materials. For a more authentic look, search for blooms and leaves designed with discoloration that mimics the sun-faded, wind-blown look of real flowers. Mask the foam wreath with burlap bought by the yard, then cut the burlap to size and attach it to the wreath form with hot glue.
If youâre stumped as to what kind of cut floral to use when entertaining for fall, consider using berry branches. Create a unique look for your home by displaying different colored berries in vessels of varied height.
If youâre looking to add a centerpiece to your table top without the added expense of cut floral, consider using potted greenery. This look can be formal with the use of more elegant ceramic pots, or keep it casual and classic with basic terra cotta vessels.
In place of cut floral stems, consider adding the rich look of cotton stems to your Fall setup. Simply gather the stems in odd numbers, five and seven working best, then place them into a large vessel. The neutral tones work well for year-round use, and work gorgeously with Fall tones such as orange and dark brown.
Let Mother Nature be your guide the next time you're setting the dining room table for guests. A large vase of tall, leafy branches, several floral arrangements in various sizes, colorful leaves as name-tag holders, plus apples and pumpkins combine for a gorgeous yet easy-to-achieve look for fall.
Ilex verticillata is a holly that loses its leaves in fall, leaving stems studded with berries. Commonly known as winterberries, ilex berries are available in bright red, orange or yellow; the yellow ones are great for Thanksgiving and fall arrangements, says grower Bill Prescott, of Stargazer Barn. "Winterberries grow all over the U.S.," he says. "Ours are bred for floral use, so they have long stems and nice, lateral branches that are dense with berries."
Fill spring and fall with eye-catching color and sweet floral perfume by planting a container overflowing with fragrant annuals. This pot features a trio of plants that thrive in the seasons when days and nights are cool. Perennial ‘Lucius’ snowy woodrush (Luzula nivea ‘Lucius’) is the grassy green plant in the center of the container (hardy in Zones 4-9). It’s surrounded by Cool Wave Lavender Blue Trailing Pansy, which has a light floral fragrance. Clear Crystal white sweet alyssum offers a sweet perfume. This group of plants beckons early and late season pollinator insects.
Choose plants for your meadow so that you’ll have interest in every season. For fall, native New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) bursts into floral fireworks in shades from deep-violet to lavender-pink. Stems can grow up to 6 feet high, adding towering height to a meadow. Flowers appear in autumn, providing a nectar source for migrating monarch butterflies. Hardy in Zones 3-8.