Creating an interesting centerpiece can be a challenge for several reasons; It can be expensive, hard to know where to begin, and difficult to figure out the placement of objects. I decided to share this very simple, low cost fall tablescape using things I had on hand, or things from The Dollar Spot at Target to demonstrate that a beautiful, fresh, seasonal change does not have to break the bank.
I suggest starting off with a table runner or some kind of coordinating base. I had a roll of brown Ikea wrapping paper that worked very well as a table runner. Paper is great to use if you are serving food buffet style, using on a kids dinner table, or would just like something low maintenance that can handle stains and be tossed afterwards.
After I lay the runner down, I decide what I want the focal point to be. Do I want the overall look to be symmetrical, asymmetrical, or random? There is usually no rhyme or reason and it is based on personal preference. My opinion varies depending on the situation, but I find balance is very important in the overall presentation of a table. For this tablescape, I chose the main centerpiece based on what was available and within my project budget at The Dollar Spot at Target. This metal faux milk container was $3 and makes the perfect focal point to the most central part of the table. I added some cotton stems that were on hand to give the container some height and polish off the look. Anything you have that is stemmed such as, berries, stalk flowers, or leaves will work well.
After I completed that, I added two small apple crates on either side of the milk container which were also from The Dollar Spot at Target, and filled them with beautiful fresh apples. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
Lastly, I added pinecones, and cute little cream colored acorns from Target. These were sprinkled randomly to fill out the base of the centerpiece and add some natural texture.
I love the way this simple fall tablescape turned out, and I especially love that it cost me under $15!