A Fall Tablescape for Small Families

Over the last year or so I've really started to have a lot of interest in interior design and home decor. Derek attributes it to the fact that I watched nothing but HGTV for three months straight while I was sick during my pregnancy with Em. While that probably has a lot to do with it, I think it's also from the recent discovery of a new favorite blog Design Mom. Her blog is filled with so many beautiful pictures and stories of people and families living in all of these different homes and it's just really inspired me to try and make my house more homey.

This year we're going to be on our own for the holidays. Derek's sister is getting married in Idaho right before Thanksgiving, but Derek couldn't get the week of Thanksgiving off, so we're going the week before and then leaving a few days after the ceremony. Last year  I learned that unless I actually put effort into the holidays, it's not actually going to feel like the holidays for us so I decided to decorate to hep get us in the spirit of the holidays. 

My major goal when decorating is to not spend a lot of money. It really is a frivolous non-necessity thing in life, but at the same time I think it's worth the little splurge for some happiness and fall spirit. I put together this entire tablescape for $60 which I think is pretty inexpensive, and it will be even cheaper for you if you have these items on hand.

The white lace tablecloth is actually a lace curtain that I bought for $2 at a lace warehouse in North Carolina last year that I use as a tablecloth when we need one. I then cut a strip of burlap to the same length as the tablecloth to add more texture and contrast against all the white. Next I added this Ashland centerpiece that I scored at Michael's for 50% off and spent $20 on it. It's not available online, but I just got it in-store, and any fall centerpiece will do. I then balanced it out with two small gold candles on each side that I also found at Michael's.

After that part of the table was done I went to work on the dishes. I love the look of layered plates and found all of these for super cheap. If you have white salad plates already then even better. I found these large gold plates at Michael's for $1.99 each. We only have black dinner plates so  I went to the dollar store and grabbed the fall colored dinner plates there for... you guessed it... a dollar each. We also didn't have four glass, glasses that all matched so I picked up some new ones and I really loved the detailing on them. Super pretty and inexpensive. Finally we didn't have white salad plates so I also grabbed those at the Dollar Tree and called it good. 

When I got home and put everything together it looked good, but I felt like it was missing something. I decided to add these small gourds and pumpkins that I snagged at Trader Joe's last night to the plates instead of place cards (because it's just the four of us and we know where we're sitting), and I felt like it was the perfect final touch to the table. I'm officially in the holiday spirit! 

What are you doing to get in the holiday spirit? I love decorating for the holidays and can't wait to share more ideas with you all over the next few months!


  1. I love this! You did such an amazing job -and your pictures totally look like a page out of Better Homes & Gardens:) And props for finding such pretty things at affordable prices. You've totally inspired me -I also don't quite feel as much in the holiday spirit unless I put some effort into making my house somewhat festive. Gorgeous table.



  2. My mom used to watch HGTV all the time, which made me interested in decor way before any of my friends (I would want to visit the Home Depot near the mall to look at home goods, which they found bizarre). I love this centerpiece, esp the gold accents.

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  3. Your table looks amazing! I really need to decorate my table...and my house. I have absolutely no fall decor out, unless you count a pumpkin smelling candle. lol


  4. This is so pretty! I have a small table in my living room and I always think it's too small to do anything with, but you made it look so pretty! Clearly the answer to everything is to make a Michaels run.

  5. The tablescape looks gorgeous!! I apparently need to go to the dollar tree a lot more because I never thought about doing something like this!