Post, video and photos by Rain San Martin
Join me as I make a Rustic Autumn Tablescape. Using natural elements found out-doors, the table setting will be made in the vintage homemaking spirit. This will be for a simple gathering of four, yet can be adapted for more. The meals dishes will be served buffet style in the kitchen or on our dinning room built-in cabinet.
To make my rustic autumn centerpiece I started with a short trip to my front yard. I used my branch trimmer, (here’s a similar item: https://amzn.to/2QVzQhh -affiliate link) to cut a few festive branches from an American Highbush Cranberry, which is not to be mistaken with the traditional cranberry, yet can apparently be cooked with sugar and turned into a jelly. I love the decorative seasonal properties. The branches I bent into 3-4 inch circles, then tied with a small amount of twine. Narrow branches are most pliable when freshly cut, as they will dry when aged. A small brown plate with scattered leaves served as a base for the centerpiece. Finally I placed an orange pillar candle into the center of the of American Highbush Cranberry ring (here’s a similar unscented candle https://amzn.to/2qUxtja -affiliate link).
Fill out the table. I had a roll of burlap which I cut to match the size of the wooden table. Next I added wine hued leaf place mats by Better Homes and Gardens. Then I used my everyday dinnerware set from Target (International Kenya 16pc Dinnerware Set in Brown). I did not feature any napkins, yet you could wrap matching napkins and silverware with twine or keep open.