Table Setting Ideas for Fall & Halloween

Today I was on a mission, unfortunately my mission failed. I was trying to find small-to-medium size cookie cutters in the shape of flowers. I struck out in Michaels, Party City (it was next door so I gave it a shot), Bed, Bath and Beyond, Pottery Barn and the Dollar Store. The cookie cutters I found today were either way too big or were in large sets and were too expensive. I finally gave up and decided to let my fingers do the searching online. So the table I had hoped to post for tomorrow’s Tablescape Thursday is getting delayed another week.

I didn’t expect Pottery Barn to have cookie cutters but I couldn’t resist stopping in since they are in the same shopping center as B B and B. I was hoping to get a little preview of their fall goodies.  It’s dangerous living 2 miles away from a Pottery Barn!

Here’s the first table setting I stumbled across.

Pottery Barn Table Setting


It has a summery feel doesn’t it, although it would easily work as a winter table setting, too. I love the rustic lanterns. Couldn’t you see this come January in a dining room with a wood burning fireplace. The china and napkins feel wintry while the centerpiece says warm and rustic by the fire.

Pottery Barn Table Settings Tablescapes for Fall and Halloween


It could even work as a New Years setting with all the glitz and glam of the napkin rings.

Pottery Barn Table Settings Tablescapes for Fall and Halloween


This setting definitely says summer. I have hydrangeas on the brain right now because I’ve come to realize my back yard is perfect for them! I’m headed out to a huge nursery tomorrow to check out the possibilities.

Pottery Barn Table Settings Tablescapes for Fall and Halloween


I don’t know how P B does it but their silver pieces do a pretty good imitation of silver that’s developed a beautiful patina. The pitcher had the word “Drink” engraved into the side. It made me think of Alice in Wonderland with the “Drink Me” messages. I like the ruffled napkins. Cute!

Pottery Barn Table Settings Tablescapes for Fall and Halloween


On the other side of the store, I found a pretty blue and green setting.

Pottery Barn Table Settings Tablescapes for Fall and Halloween


Pottery Barn Table Settings Tablescapes for Fall and Halloween


This china could definitely work for fall. Like those napkin rings.

Pottery Barn Table Settings Tablescapes for Fall and Halloween


I saved my fave for last. I love Halloween…just love it.

Pottery Barn Table Settings Tablescapes for Fall and Halloween


I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I am. When I first walked up to this table, I stared at the pumpkin below for a second, trying to figure out why it said, 1300. I thought, “Well, 13 is supposed to be an unlucky number so that’s kind of Halloween-ish, but why would they put 1300 on a pumpkin?”  Then the light bulb went off and I had a good laugh at myself! Yup, I think I’ve been spending a little too much time out in the hot sun lately.

Pottery Barn Table Settings Tablescapes for Fall and Halloween


Cute pumpkin plates! I’m sure they will all be gone weeks before Halloween. I have some orange pumpkin plates, so I’m good in the pumpkin plate department.

Do you see the cute little mice holding the bowls? I turned them over to check if they were salt cellars and they were! I was surprised! If you scroll back up to the blue table, you’ll see two swan salt cellars on that table. I love salt cellars and have used them in table settings for years. Apparently, they are making a bit of a come back.

Pottery Barn Table Settings Tablescapes for Fall and Halloween


Does this table put you in the mood for fall? I don’t know why, but I’m actually looking forward to it this year. I’m the one who normally holds onto summer to the very end, but this year I find myself getting excited about fall.

Looking for a little early fall inspiration?  You’ll find plenty here: Fall Table Settings

And don’t forget, when you really want to scare someone this Halloween, just sneak up behind them and in your spookiest voice yell, THIRTEEN HUNDRED! πŸ˜‰

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  1. You are a hoot! 1300! That is just too funny, but you know, it really does sort of look like it says that. Thank goodness (I hope) that you kept your puzzlement to yourself.

    • LOL No, blabbermouth that I am, there was a lady shopping at the table and a sales clerk came over about that time. I told them and they both laughed at me! πŸ™‚ You have to be able to laugh at yourself in this life. hee, hee

  2. Loved the tour susan, I always love the way pottery barn displays their wares…oh my their web sight is just as good…I have been eyeing those saltcellars as well the mice ones..they are the cutest and so unique, where would you ever find them again…good luck at the nursery…Hydrangas is the perfect solution….Phyllis

  3. I absolutely love those pumpkin plates!! Thanks for sharing. I see a trip to Pottery Barn in my near future. It is a 30 minute drive from my house.

  4. Linda Page says

    I love the pumpkin plates. I wish there was a Pottery Barn in my town but there isn’t. I think I will look at getting some pretty Fall dishes. I have Christmas dishes but I love the fall colors and pumpkins. Thanks for giving us a jump start on Fall decorating!

    • Linda, you can always order online. I try to watch for their “free shipping” days. You may want to sign up for their emails because they normally send out an email when they are having free shipping or things go on sale. Some things go so quickly, they never go on sale. I’ve learned that the hard way a time or two.

  5. Peggy Thal says

    Such beautiful tables with cute items. I love Pottery Barn, they have such fun things for everyone. Love Pier 1 too. I like when the centerpieces are large. The only problem if you use them for dinner it is very annoying to try to look over all the items. Sometimes I do a large centerpiece and than move it for dinner. Then replace it with a smaller flower piece. I always find this an issue. I too am getting excited for all the Fall and Halloween decorations. Just love all the colors and the cute pumpkins. You inspired me to head over to Pottery Barn!

    • Peggy, that’s what I do. When folks sit down, if it’s a tall centerpiece, I’ll move it to the sideboard or someplace out of the way. I love the big centerpieces! πŸ™‚

  6. Loved the mice salt and peppers-Halloween is my favorite holiday. I guess because it’s pretty boring after July 4th. I’m itching long before September to get my things out. In fact I’m starting on some tree decorations this month. Thanks for the shopping trip!

  7. Try
    They have thousands of cookie cutters

  8. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    Susan, I’m just the opposite this year. Normally, I can’t wait for fall to being. I’m like a little kid the night before Christmas, I just LOVE autumn. But since I have a new pool this year, I want to get as much use out of it as I can, especially since we’ve had such a weird, uncharacteristically rainy summer. πŸ™

    It’s funny, when you said, Do you see the cute little mice holding the bowls – I looked closely and thought, not only do I not see the mice, I don’t see the bowls! πŸ˜€ Lol. Have a good one, Susan.

    • The mice are black and hard to see in the picture unfortunately. They are cute! lol I don’t blame you. I would want it to last as long as possible with a pool out back! πŸ™‚

      • pam ~ crumpety cottage says

        I just thought it was funny, what with you reading Boo as 1300 and me not even being able to see the bowls, lol. *Sigh* Sometimes I enlarge my page so much it’s laughable, just so I can see stuff online or read text better. This getting old thing is for the birds. πŸ˜›

  9. I loved this! It’s not too early to think about fall and fall decorating! I wonder if our PB has theirs set up, too?

  10. I had to laugh about the “1300 pumpkin” That is sooooo, something I would have done. I too love and have a good collection of salt cellars. I should really share them. I have some very pretty sterling salt spoon as well. I do love “Fancy”.
    I know why you are looking for fall, you are exhausted from the lawn redo and you want a change of pace. You deserve it.
    Have a great evening, Ginger

    • I love salt cellars, too Ginger. The idea of having your own little salt at your disposal just makes me feel totally spoiled. Doesn’t take much to make me feel spoiled, does it? πŸ™‚ Maybe that’s it! I’m craving the fall colors lately…very strange since I LOVE summer!

  11. Check out Limelight Hydrangeas. They bloom late when pinks and blues are gone . They are white.Another good white is Annabelle.
    Love your blog

    • Belinda, I’ll definitely check Limelight out. That was one of the ones the place I’m going to visit recommended. They also recommended Little Lime and Endless Summer. I love the Annabelle Hydrangeas, they are gorgeous!

  12. Mary from Virginia says

    It feels like early fall here today. I don’t know if I am ready or not for fall. Knowing our weather, it will be 100 in September and 80 in October! That I am NOT ready for πŸ˜‰

    Beautiful tables from P B, thanks for showing them.

    I hope you find your cookie cutters.

  13. I imagine an all-neutral table setting is attractive to a lot of people, but for myself, I always need a pop of color somewhere. Love the lanterns, though. Maybe I could use them with the green and blue table setting, my fav of these three.

  14. Marilyn in Mt. Vernon, VA says

    I think it looks more like “1300” than “boo,” but, you’re so right, we do need to be able to laugh at ourselves. Susan, sometimes I’ve been accused of being just a little too literal…I can’t imagine why. Anyway, I just adore autumn and can’t wait to do a little fall decorating; I’ll try to restrain myself for a couple more weeks, but it won’t be easy.

  15. Wow! Loved it & now I need to check out PB! (I need to get my fall decorations out too…)

    Did you check Crate & Barrell for cookie cutters? They’ve carried a large selection in the past – might be a good place to look.

  16. Rosie Moreno says

    Hi, Susan,
    Those pumpkin plates are calling my name!! Thanks for the giggle about “1300”; I needed it today==

  17. I too live just a few miles from a PB and fear it, lol.

    What wonderful tablescapes you shared – but, even getting cooler I am holding onto summer just a tiny bit longer. I am just NOT ready for fall in my soul. Probably because summer was so awful this year, so rainy and hot and bleh. I am loving this better weather and find myself outdoors as much as possible.

    Ebay is a great source for cookie cutters too, but not if you are in a big hurry.

  18. I looked at the pics before reading the text and I have to say I thought it said 1300 too! Glad I’m not the only one ;).

    As for me, I’m holding on to summer. As a matter of fact I just sewed some summer looking pillows. Guess I’ll need to stop doing that soon. πŸ™

  19. I am a design consultant for PB in MA and one of our favorite things is to re-theme a table setting. Just wish I could do the same at home but it can get a bit pricey, even with my discount- hahaha. I have to say that I have the Antique Flatware set and it is really awesome with a great patina. I hope to add to my collection with the serving pieces and pitchers.

    • What an awesome career/job that would be! Wendy, we are all jealous!!! πŸ™‚ I was eyeing the flatware today. I have the “Family/Friends” napkin rings and love them. They would be great with the flatware.

  20. I had a good chuckle about the “1300” on the pumpkin (funny how our eyes can play tricks on us)! Also, I was in Pier 1 today and they too, have similar pumpkin plates.

  21. I enjoyed your BOO story. Sounds like something I would do. Funny how we see things sometimes. I’m excited to hear you are considering hydrangea for your yard. Another one to consider is Pinky Winky by Proven Winners. Here’s a video to make you drool πŸ™‚
    Vikki in VA

    • Gorgeous! Vikki, I could be in trouble here…my whole backyard may turn into a Hydrangea garden! lol I’m glad now we ran out of sod and didn’t put it all the way to the tree line because I think I’m going to have a lot of hydrangeas across that area.

  22. 1300???? That is a RIOT!!!!!!!!!!! I have pumpkin plates too but I LOOOOVE those pumpkin napkins. I am going to try to get some of them! I ALWAYS love Fall but also hang onto the last of summer by my fingertips. Right now we are having Fall weather: it only got UP to 72 today and it is 65 right now!!!! WEIRD for August. XO, Pinky

  23. Thanks for the laugh! I love laughing at myself! Have a great day!

  24. Elaine in Laguna says

    That’s too funny! And I needed a laugh today! Love PB, their wares and table settings. That’s why I just window shop through your blog! As for your yard, love love love hydrangeas – so beautiful. Will look great in your lovely and revitalized landscape. I’m still trying to hold on to summer here. It’s been beautiful during the day, but was just 62 during the commute to work this morning. Kind of chilly for nearly mid -August on the West Coast! Enjoy the rest of the week! Can’t wait for what you See next!

  25. Thanks for the tour, Susan. I can’t wait for Fall!

  26. This was so much fun to read and look at! And you’re right… it does look more like ‘1300’ than ‘BOO’! I absolutely love fall… it’s my fave season and, though I love Christmas, I think Thanksgiving is my true favorite!
    I’m a new blogger and I hate that I didn’t get to meet you at Haven. I should’ve tried harder to find you! Thank you for the wonderful content on your blog.

    • Sondra, I’m sorry I missed meeting you, too! Did you enjoy it? It’s always like a big reunion! lol Thanks for making me feel better about seeing 1300! πŸ™‚ I’m so looking forward to Christmas this year, too! It’s amazing how quickly it comes around each year!

  27. Great tablescapes from PB – thanks so much for sharing them. Love the mice. I am so ready for fall even though we have had a great summer.
    The hydrangea’s would be stunning in your new back yard.
    Have a great weekend.

  28. OMG, Susan!
    You are the best! I can’t describe how much I love you and your amazing blog!
    Unfortunately, I had to go to bed without reading your post yesterday, (because of the time difference between our countries) so… can you guess, what’s the first thing I’m doing today? Right! Typing BNOTP into Google! πŸ™‚
    Ok, that’s what I do EVERY day but to be honest, usually I make an “espresso” first, before I open my laptop!
    (Can you tell, I became addicted to your blog? Do you think I need to see a doc? Nah… right? πŸ™‚ )
    Susan, you really made my day! I can’t stop laughing! I looove that 1300 (supposed to be a BOO!) Sooo funny!
    (Even though, the number 13 is considered a lucky number to us Italians… crazy, huh? lol)
    Susan, I love all those table settings and not only I’ve noticed those cute mice holding the salt bowls, but I also noticed those very very cute “owl butter knives” on that little black tree! I β™₯ them!
    Thank you Susan, for the laugh, today! “See” you later…

    • Cecilia, you are so sweet…just love you girl! Your comments always make my day! I forgot to mention those cute owls…glad you spotted them. This time of year is so much fun! I can feel the anticipation building for the holidays! πŸ™‚

  29. Lois from PA says

    Ohhhh Susan!
    I have to confess I TOO read it as 1300!!! had to go get my glasses thinking I was misreading it! OMG!
    too funny!
    I love the pumpkin table, PB always has beautiful tablescapes don’t they? So much to see – so little time!
    I have already gotten my “Autumn” boxes out of the attic! my husband keeps telling me to stop rushing the season but I am a Fall girl!
    Here in Pennsylvania I woke up at 5:00 am to 51 degrees! YES Fall is slowly coming up the hill!
    Have a great day everyone

    • Lois, you are making me feel better! πŸ™‚ You and I both would have been standing in front of that table puzzling over that for a few seconds. lol It’s like those silhouette puzzle thingies where it changes depending on how you’re looking at it. We’ll just pretend that since we saw it that way, we must be really creative! Yeah, that sounds good…we’re just very creative. πŸ™‚

  30. Lois from PA says

    We would be dangerous together in PB! good thing I live up north! LOL!
    Here’s to all things “13” or Boo – depending on how you look at it!!
    too early to be laughing this hard, the dogs are looking at me funny!
    Enjoy your morning……


  31. Looks like 1300 to me, just as easily as BOO. It really is one of those things some people (me) might have to ponder for a second. I’ll chalk it up to the creative mind-set. Gotta have some excuse, don’t we? I’m just glad it isn’t just me.

  32. Susan,
    thanks for sharing these tables…they are beautiful and full of so much inspiration….
    Love, Mona

  33. “Yell Thirteen Hundred” is just too, too funny and perfect wrap to your post.
    Hope you have a Halloween post with that title and see how many remember!

  34. It would be a hoot if kids went around the neighborhood at Halloween screaming:”Thirteen”! lol I saw it too until I realized it wasn’t. I have a Portuguese porcelain salt cellar next to my stove. Two of my sisters have insisted I pass it along to them. No way!

  35. Judy Anderson says

    Hi Susan
    I too have been following your landscaping and it looks amazing. I have 3 of the most fabulous hydrangea on the front lawn it’s all you can see when you drive up the street.
    another quick often do you change your table settings , I have sooo many table settings it seems I never get to use them all.
    from Bedford Nova Scotia

    • Thanks, Judy! It is 69 degrees here today! Where were these cool temps when I was spreading 110 bags of mulch?! lol I hope it does warm back up or my annuals won’t get to grow at all. I am really excited about growing hydrangeas. I’ve never grown them but love the blossoms! About the table settings, since I blog full time now, I’m always changing up the table. I usually have a couple of different table settings going in my head and sometimes actually in the house/porch. I try to create a table setting 2-3 times a month for Tablescape Thursday, and I love to create them when friends or family are here. Sometimes I’ll leave one up for a while and just enjoy it. I hate to take them apart sometimes. πŸ™‚

  36. SharonFromMichigan says

    1300! That’s so funny – I would have “blabbed” on myself too!
    Those smallish pumpkin plates just gave me an idea for Christmas. I have a set of smaller Radko Christmas plates that have never been used and they would look perfect on a Christmasy table like the pumpkin plates. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Sharon, shhh, don’t tell anyone but that’s the biggest, sneaky secret of all. Makes it look like you have a whole new set of china and have set a whole new table, just by changing out the salad plates. πŸ™‚

  37. Looked like 1300 to me. How funny!!! The pumpkin plates do bring to mind that Fall in just around the corner. That and the 50 degree nights in this Ohio neighborhood. I am ready to start going through all of my fall goodies and start decorating with sunflowers and crows.

    • It was 69 degrees on my porch today…totally weird for August in Georgia! Does get one to thinking about fall! The cool nights feel good, don’t they? Good sleeping weather.

  38. I will never look at another 1300 .. I mean BOO, pumpkin the same again πŸ™‚ That’s so funny! Pottery Barn table settings are nice but they don’t hold a candle to yours! It was fun to sit at home and go virtual shopping with you! Would be much more fun in person!

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