Holiday Decorating Inspiration: Into the Woods

Now that it’s officially fall, I’ve been dreaming up all things autumnal. This tabletop look features deep berry and bordeaux tones mixed with woodsy details like faux bois and dappled doe fur. Add to the mix different textures like faux burnout velvet and seasonal fruits and berries and you’ve got yourself an earthy, autumnal spread that’s perfect for this year’s Thanksgiving feast or your next dinner party.


thanksgiving flowers for minted by kelli hallThis deep berry-toned centerpiece includes dahlias and kangaroo paw.

thanksgiving table top by kelli hall

Fall is all about warmth—translate that coziness to your dinner table by mixing and matching different patterns. Aim to combine pieces that create richly layered colors, depths, and feel. I chose a berry shade of the “Soft Florals” fabric to evoke the feeling of a carpet of fallen leaves, then complemented it with a trompe l’oeil doe print. I like to experiment with the vibe by tossing the fabrics on the table for a layered effect and then stripping them away if it starts to look too busy. And, speaking of busy: To balance some of the jewel-like colors, I’ve paired them with a neutral, gravelly grey. I’ve also kept the menus and place cards relatively simple to act as a bold counterpoint to the energy of the patterned fabrics.

thanksgiving linen A simple folded linen for the bread bowl.

thanksgiving take home boxes by kelli hall Boxes and stickers make pretty takeaways for leftovers.

Keep reading for more fall decorating inspiration

thanksgiving table styling by kelli hall Experimenting with layered table linens (the doe print looks a lot like real deer hide!)

thanksgiving table place card Foil-pressed place cards act as cheese labels.

fall table styled by kelli hall Faux bois linens add a natural touch.

Why limit color to just the linens? Some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes incorporate jewel-like hues (and taste as good as they look!). Want to add your own color to your menu? Give these a try:
• Pumpkin-hued dishes: Savory acorn squash tart and carrot-ginger soup
• Berry-hued dishes: Grand Marnier cranberry sauce and roasted beet soup with creme fraiche

thanksgiving tabletop styling

I love when the Thanksgiving tabletop itself celebrates food—something of a nod to the traditional cornucopia. Even if you’re not whipping up a from-scratch spread (I have my own habit of pre-ordering an entire turkey dinner from Whole Foods), you can still create a bountiful table by adding a few edible decorations: champagne grapes on a cheeseboard, red pears and pumpkins on the table, and bowls of artichokes. There’s no need to go overboard, though—a few fresh pears mixed with a handful of votive candles are all you need to create a festive fall table.

thanksgiving crudite in oxhorn shot glass styled by kelli hallCrudités nestle in ox horn tumblers (with dip in the bottom!)

thanksgiving menu by stacey meacham styled by kelli hallA simple, bold menu is the perfect counterpoint to a patterned table linen.

thanksgiving table styling for minted by kelli hallOff-the-roll fabric makes the best table topper; the raw, sheared edge gives it even more style.

thanksgiving tabletop for minted by kelli hall

What’s a Thanksgiving feast without leftovers? Pretty boxes and stickers make for a thoughtful dinner send-off. Think: gable boxes with custom stickers or Chinese takeout boxes. Alternatively, you could snag some kraft paper boxes from the salad bar at your local grocery (the inside is already coated so you can just pop in leftovers and secure with a colorful rubber band).

thanksgiving place card by phrosne ras styled by kelli hall

“Garden Lights” napkins in taupe by Hooray Creative
“Soft Florals” table linens in berry by Lehan Veenker
Wine glasses Amara
Copper Bowl Accent Decor
Brass candlesticks Vintage
Waterfall chandelier Wayfair
Trompe l’oeil fawn fabric by Kelli Hall
Pointillism fabric in pumpkin by Alethea and Ruth
Leaf parade napkins in cappuccino by Olivia Raufman
Classic Type wedding favor stickers in mocha by Pistols
Simple Agate foil pressed cards in granite by Petra Kern
Oxhorn tumbler Ebay
The Standard menu in wine by Stacey Meacham
“Secret Fairy Garden” foil pressed place card in amethyst by Phrosne Ras

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