Candles Aglow Fall Table Setting

Are you loving all the fall decor you’re seeing around blogland and in decorating magazines?  I don’t know which is prettier … Fall or Christmas decor. But let’s stick with Fall for now because Christmas season will be here soon enough (although it’s already arrived in home decor stores). Today I’m joining a lovely group of ladies for an inspirational tour of beautiful tablescapes, which we call “It’s All Set.” I’m calling mine a “candles aglow” fall table setting.

Fall Table Setting with Floating Candles and Votives

Since we’re still in the month of September and it’s still 80 degrees here in Illinois, I tried to balance a mix of cozy feelings with a lighter fall palette. White dishes and Baby Boo pumpkins keep the palette soft, while a variety of candles add warmth and coziness.

Fall Farmhouse Table Setting


My inspiration began with fabulous bowls decorated with fruit drawings from Home Goods. I also knew I wanted to use my burlap chargers to create a bit of texture.  Whenever I set the table, I try to start with one inspirational piece and continue to create from there.

A Collection of Fruit Inspired Bowls Create a Light and Neutral Fall Tablescape


To add a bit of color, I added green linen napkins which pick up the color of the leaves of the fruit inside the bowls. In addition to pears and pomegranates, the bowls include figs and grapes.

A Collection of Fruit Inspired Bowls Create a Light and Neutral Fall Tablescape


Mixed metallic candles wind their way into the centerpiece, surrounded by silvery green leaves and strands of bittersweet.

A variety of votive candle holders create a warm and inviting fall tablescape


As the evening closes in, the candles reflect a cozy glow against their metallic surface. When I spied these copper-style bowls at Hobby Lobby, I knew I had to work them into my fall table setting. They were on sale and cost a mere $2.50 each. I couldn’t find a candle that fit just right inside, but thankfully came up with an idea while wandering the candle aisles.

Mixed Metallic Votive Candleholders


I filled the copper-style bowls with water and floated a somewhat flat, round candle on top. You can do this with any water-tight vessel you might have on hand. Just make sure the candle is light enough to float on top of the water. As the candle starts to melt, you’ll find little wisps of wax on the water’s surface. You can leave it on the water or easily remove it.

Turn any water-tight bowl into a candle holder by floating a small candle inside.


A narrow burlap table runner adds a bit more texture and warmth to my fall table setting centerpiece.

Fall Table Setting with Votive Candles and Silvery Leaves


The corner farmhouse hutch gets a touch of early fall decorating with a few gourds tucked near my white ironstone pieces.



I wonder if the lady at the farm market thought I was a bit off my rocker when I bought two bags full of mini white pumpkins. I like the ones with their dried leaves still clinging to the stem.

Baby Boos and Mini White Pumpkins Create a Lighter Look for Fall Decorating


My dry sink was another happy recipient of white pumpkins.

Fall Table Setting with Candles and Natural Elements


I found an amazing kale plant that provides a bit of architecture to my dry sink.

Farmhouse Dry Sink Decorated for Fall


Tomorrow is the first day of fall and I like to transition slowly into the new season. Although I love autumn, I don’t like what comes next. Illinois receives pretty harsh weather during January and February. But for now I’ll savor this last day of summer and bask in the warm week.

Fall Table Setting


I’m finishing up my fall decorating through the rest of the house and will share a brief fall home tour soon

Fall Table Setting with Candles and Natural Elements


See the rest of the beautiful tablescapes in our It’s All Set series. Participating bloggers are listed below. Enjoy!






The Enchanted Home



Lilacs and Longhorns






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  1. So lovely, it says fall but in a whisper:) I like you, like to ease my way from summer into fall very slowly and though its my favorite season of all, sometimes saying goodbye to the mostly lazy days of summer can be hard! This is beautifully done.

  2. I love the candle glow on the table Jennifer…really makes it all so very lovely! Fun partying with you today…

  3. I just love the light an airy feeling but also the warm glow the chandelles provide. Great fruit bowls!! The burlap is a lovely seasonal touch too. Very nice!!

  4. Beautiful, Jennifer! I love the color combination on your tablescape. I’ve been wanting to incorporate some burlap into one of my tablescapes and this gives me that extra incentive. Thanks so much!

  5. can you tell me the “brand” or “make” of the fruit bowls that you purchased at Home Goods ?
    very pretty,

  6. Liked your fall decorations very much,I loved the touch and contrast of the green in your sink,really natural and understated.

  7. The table setting is so pretty. I love the textures and how you styled the table.

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