How To Style An Elegant Table Setting With Pastels

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Pastel table setting ideas and tips for fall or any season using unexpected elements to create a softly beautiful table.
shabby chic french style dining room decorating

No it’s not spring, but if you read my post on How To Make A Vegetable Centerpiece from the other day then the colors are similar in today’s TABLESCAPE. I love the softness of pale, faded colors and neutrals and since autumn is my favorite season why not use them instead of being traditional? Table setting is an form that I love to participate in. Cooking takes a back burner so to speak to the setting! I started with this…

french farmhouse style

A duvet cover in the palest of blues from Shabby Chic Couture that I love so much that I have it in white as well.

Pastel Table Setting For Fall

shabby chic furniture

Tablesetting Tips

A trick to make any duvet or sheet work as a tablecloth is to pin it in the center on both of the long ends. Duvets are often wide, especially if they are from a king sized bed…so this will keep it off the floor. I used a couple of safety pins and then wove some flowers through the pins to cover them.

fall wedding garland with vegetables and fruit

The way that I start out is always by finding flowers and taking it from there to form a tablescape. I think that floral arrangements can make or break a table setting. In designing this pastel table setting I wanted to make a table garland, so I took some handfuls of eucalyptus and spread them across the middle. The next step was adding in dried flower, and my supply at hand consisted of fluffy blush spray roses and carnations. Somewhat commonplace, carnations can be found at just about every grocery store and/or drug store. Don’t poo-poo carnations. They really can be lovely and fit in with elegant table settings from every day to wedding events. In this pastel table setting they add a pop of soft color.

eucalyptus table garland


Drape your table garland all the way to the end of the table and then over the edges. If you can bend it slightly to follow the lines of the table then all the prettier. My table is rather rustic and for this look I wanted the style of shabby chic furniture, so covering it gave me that look without changing the table out or painting it.

french country cottage table decorating

I used placemats that are somewhat rustic because although I didn’t want the table top to be shown, I did want to juxtapose soft and pretty with some farmhouse looks. The placemats were actually gifts when we got married…and they still look great and the neutral tone will never go out of date! The plates are a simple white and are our everyday dishes.

decorating a table for autumn


beautiful autumn inspired table


neutral table ideas wedding

I don’t really remember there being such a great selection of gourds in soft greens before this year and I’m loving how they look!

shabby chic table

Vintage brass candleholders with vintage wedgewood blue candles. My favorite tabletop accessories in my decor are always the vintage collections that I’ve sourced over the years!

vintage dough bowl

At the center of the table is a vintage dough bowl filled with white baby boo pumpkins that are faux and painted with white chalky paint. It’s a low centerpiece, much like the VEGETABLE CENTERPIECE, so allows for easy convo to flow.


pottery barn dishes on a table


fall table setting


pastel table setting ideas for fall

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  1. Cathy Gunn says:

    So Beautiful ?where did you purchase the goblets please?

    1. Thank you Cathy! I have had them for several years and I think they were from HomeGoods. Enjoy your week!

  2. BEAUTIFUL, Janet!
    I love the soft colors! I’m definitely going to be painting some little faux pumpkins!!! Every detail you’ve implemented just sets this table to the next level of excellence! xoxo

    1. Thanks Kathleen! I know that whatever you do will be beautiful! xo…Janet

  3. This is so stunning Janet! So romantic, soft and beautiful…I am just dying over this! XO

    1. Oh Holly…thank you so much for that and I hope that you have a fabulous week!

  4. Judy Whitten says:

    Oh, how refreshing. I know that many like to decorate for autumn with a Halloween vibe. I am not an orange and black prone decorator. One of my favorite memories was being in Zurich, Switzerland on October 30th. At home the theme would have been on the dark side but in Zurich there were beautiful twinkle lights and greenery. They were probably getting a start for the Christmas season but I loved the feeling of it all! By the way, I just adore the name “Shabbyfufu!!”

    1. Judy, I have to admit to doing Halloween when my daughters were small, but since they are grown I gravitate to pastels. My husband grew up in Zurich. Did you see my post about our recent trip?

  5. The Duvet pinned up with the ruffle is like showing a “little leg”. It is so eye catching. Love it. Painting the pumpkins would have never thought of it. All great ideas and Love Pastels.

    1. Thank you Frances and it kind of looks like a petticoat I think!

  6. C. Coquette says:

    The pictures and writing make me pause, reflect, and re-think *Fall* colors. I have often wondered how pastels would look in this seasons settings and find myself gravitating to that color pallet. Of course it must be why I am so thankful for your blogs. :o)

    Thank you for your help in helping me see all colors and pallets ARE possible when you choose to color your home in the loveliest of romantic colors.

    PS. Could you help me with question, please? How do you start or find inspiration for the season you decorate? I would LOVE to know your secret sage advice on how to begin!

    1. What a thoughtful comment and I thank you! I really don’t look at trends and mostly take my inspiration from nature. For tablescapes I start with flowers and then take it from there. Lots of blog posts for each season…just hover over SEASONAL.

  7. Jean Windham says:

    Blue is one of my favorite colors and using it in this fall tablescape is lovely. This is a must try for my blue dining room. Thanks for sharing. Jean

    1. Thanks Jean and I love timeless blues! Hope you enjoy setting your table…

  8. Susan Pussilano says:

    Hi there. Beautiful as always. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Love all the pastels! I’ve never been one to really care for the deep warm oranges & browns, so I’ll have to try doing something like this. It’s beautiful!

  10. Sweet. I think the tablecloth and the goblets and the flowers are a great combo. Somewhere in my tablecloth stash I have a white/pale blue embroidered cloth that I have never used (a bit wrinkled) and another somewhere I have brass candlesticks. I am a fairly new subscribed and now I may use your tablescape to do mine. Thank you. Also, it is fun to read other’s comments, esp Switzerland and your connection. These comments were so positive.

    1. Happy to have you hear Donna and hopefully continue to inspire you!

  11. Renae Frey says:

    Your tablescape is so charming. I love it. Happy Fall!

  12. You do such beautiful table settings I get a new idea every time I see them , and sometimes end up Etsy shopping for vintage, ThankYou😊

  13. Annatjie Kurfurst says:

    Happy to hear you are safe. Thinking of all of you in Florida. 🙏🏻
    Always inspired.. Always excited to see your blog in my mailbox.

    1. Thanks so much Annatjie, I appreciate it and glad that you enjoy the blog!