Fall Tablescape Tutorial

We have a a little mix in this post…part Fall Decorating…part Pumpkin Carving! When you think of Fall Decorating you probably think of pumpkins, gourds, leaves, etc. But how about fruit, vegetables and carved pumpkins?

As I was gathering ideas to add to my Fall Decorating Pinterest Board, I came across a Fall Tablescape that I loved. So when Walmart asked that I share some Pumpkin Carving ideas with you, I knew just what I wanted to share. But, these aren’t your typical carved pumpkins.

We used Pie Pumpkins for our Fall Tablescape. Not only does Walmart carry the large pumpkins that the family carves, they also have pie pumpkins {which of course are great for baking} and also the mini pumpkins and gourds.

Let’s begin with the base for our Fall Tablescape, the tablecloths…

I created a cozy, warm feeling by layering the tablecloths. I started with solid rustic gold, then added a warm plaid throw for texture and something a little different. On top of that came some ivory color burlap for more texture and interest.

Next came the wood, a little while ago I shared the amazing Office Desk that Doug built for me with barn doors we found along the roadside. Well, after dropping off a thank you note {and a link to the desk so they could see what we built} where we found the doors, the folks emailed me to say they had more wood. So we hopped in the truck and headed over to gather more wood.

On the wood, I laid down a base of Ornamental Grasses that I cut from the yard. If you don’t have them in your yard, you can usually find them along side the road or at a park.

Next the fresh pineapples was added to the center, and surrounded by candles. Here’s a little tip to save money on candles, buy a shorter size and then place it on top of an inverted bowl or dish. It will give the candles different heights, without paying extra for the taller candle.

Now let’s chat about the Carved Pumpkins. Like I mentioned above, these are Pie Pumpkins, mostly because they are the perfect size for the table. The skin is a little tougher than a regular pumpkin, so it took a little more time to carve. But I left that up to Doug and his strong arm.

Doug used 2 different Pumpkin Carving tools that we found at Walmart. The Power Saw worked well, the only problem he had was keeping the bottom on, but he just taped it closed. The Deluxe Scraper Scoop has teeth on the end making it easier to clean out the pumpkin.

Here is our #1 Tip for Carving Pumpkins…cut a circle out of the bottom to clean it out, then the stem is still intact and looks better and it’s also easier to light the candle or turn on the light.

Now it was time to start filling in with smaller items. Just keep in mind, when you are creating a centerpiece, you want your guests to be able to see each other. I used…

  • Gourds
  • Apples
  • Artichokes
  • Grapes
  • Silk leaves
  • Ivy from the Yard
  • Mini Pumpkins
  • Tall taper candles

After you have your foundation built, it’s just like putting together a puzzle. Just fill in the empty holes.

For the Taper Candles, I used a mini terra cotta pot and simply glued them in with hot glue.

Fall Tablescape Resources:

  • Tablecloths, Blanket and Burlap – had on hand
  • Solid color plates, glasses and silverware – had on hand
  • Printed smaller plates – from Walmart
  • Napkins – from Walmart
  • Pumpkins, Gourds, Vegetables and Fruit – from Walmart
  • Pumpkin Carving Tools – from Walmart
  • Dried materials and Ivy – cut from the yard
  • Candles – from Walmart
  • Wood – free from our friendly neighborhood gentlemen

The table is set…would you like to come over for dinner? I’d LOVE to have you!

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  1. You ROCK!!! This is awesome! But, then, I LOVE everything you do/make!!!
    Keep it up!

  2. kate says:

    Looks absolutely beautiful!

  3. Debra says:


  4. Amy says:

    This looks so pretty, Liz! Great job, lady!!
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  5. KCoake says:

    Your table looks so pretty!
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  6. Christina at I Gotta Create! says:

    Your centerpiece is so lovely! I love the stars cut into the pumpkin. Very pleasing ambiance.

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  7. Truly a lovely tablescape! Now I’m wondering why I have never used ivy for fall centerpieces…..it’s the perfect extra touch!
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  8. Vee says:

    Now that is impressive! In fact, I’m sitting here with my mouth open. It just looks amazing. Thank you for sharing step by step what you did.
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  9. Tricia says:

    Seriously LOVE this!! The fruit, gourds, and pumpkins remind me of a cornucopia and nothing says Thanksgiving like a cornucopia! I also love your tips and tricks with the pumpkins and the candles! Why have I never thought to cut the bottom out of a pumpkin instead of the top???

  10. Barbara (WA) says:

    Popped over here from The Inspired Room and think this is one of the prettiest tablescapes I’ve seen! Love the layering and warmth it conveys.

  11. Hi Liz, just discovered your site tonight, everything you do is so beautiful.

    We’re hosting my bf’s work Christmas party at our house this year (only about 10 people). Any suggestions for decorating the table? Something elegant and sophisticated. It will be the middle of Summer here in Australia so we will be dragging our 10 – 12 seater timber dining table outside onto our alfresco area.
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  12. So pretty!! love it.

  13. Charlene says:

    I LOVE the tablescape you created! Using things on hand makes it so much better!!! The little plates are so pretty & I LOVE the way you carved the small pumpkins. I didn’t do much fall decorating this year as I am in the middle of a lot pf remodeling & I have so much “STUFF” sitting around & moving from room to room. But, fall just is so beautiful I love to look at all the blog posts out there & put out a few favorites. Thanks for sharing!
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  14. Beautiful tablescape! I especially love the stars on the pumpkin!

  15. Ann says:

    These are so pretty but I have always wondered – where do you put the food? Do you remove the centerpiece before eating (defeats the purpose in my opinion) or do you serve from the stove or sideboard?

  16. This is gorgeous!
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  17. Michelle says:

    Hello Liz….this is my first time on your site. I love your tablescape and plan on trying to make one of my own.

    Thank you for sharing,

  18. Sarah says:

    Wow! Gorgeous stuff! I am your newest follower and was hoping that you would hop on over to my blog and return the favor!!


    Thank you!

  19. BJ says:

    Thanks for sharing your fun ideas. I just love this!


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