Dining Alfresco with a Harvest Tablescape

We are enjoying the last of our nice fall weather and dining alfresco with a Harvest Tablescape.

There is also something about outdoor dining that just makes the food taste better!

a view of the harvest tablescape looking at my gardens

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Preparing the Fall Tablescape

Let’s start by using the burlap tablecloth and napkins that I got from my favorite party supply house efavormart.com on our outdoor table.

I always use a white plate as it just works with pretty much everything. With the white plates, you can just change up your salad plates and chargers and have completely different place settings. Owning a variety of salad plates is also much easier to store than completely different sets of dishes.

Once the placemats, charger, napkin, dinner plate, salad plate, and pumpkin were layered, I added antique Fostoria glassware. I bought these beautifully etched glasses for Annie’s wedding and I just love them. Additionally, I placed a Waterford wine goblet in each place setting.

I topped each salad plate with faux mini pumpkins that I found at Target.

The Flower Arrangement

Finding a very old french transferware tureen at Goodwill is something that usually happens to other people but never me. When I stumbled upon this I immediately knew that this was going to be the centerpiece for my harvest table. After paying my $4.99, I rushed out with my treasure. I knew that I had something special in my possession. (Start the car….Start the car….)

Using flowers and filler from my yard made this focal point even more special.

          al fres-co 
          /al 'freskō/
          (especially with reference to eating) in the open air 
          "in the unlikely event of some sunshine you can dine alfresco"
           done or eaten in the open air "an al fresco supper"
my harvest tablescape in the evening while dining alfresco

Adding The Something Special to A Table

Using some small cutting boards in the kitchen area and it dawned on me; how cute would it be to have individual charcuterie boards at each place setting? We are huge fans of charcuterie boards in our family so this was a fun idea for everyone to have their own.

individual charcuterie boards on my harvest tablescape while dining alfresco

Adding vintage advertising pots to the table to hold the utensils was also a very fun feature that I’m just loving. It just adds something special to this Harvest Tablescape.

individual charcuterie boards and vintage advertising pots on my harvest tablescape while dining alfresco

Make Your Table Special

view of my harvest tablescape for dining alfresco in the fall

Falling in Love with Fall

When we get this beautiful fall weather in Illinois, we take full advantage of it because it seems to just last for a few weeks, and then it snows!

Al fresco dining is such a fun way to share your beautiful tablescape with family members or close friends.

If you’re looking for the perfect meal to go with this al fresco tablescape, you might want to check out my post on my Beef Bourguignon.

I hope this gave you some ideas about how you can be dining alfresco with a Harvest Tablescape. It was so much fun putting it together.


It was recently my birthday and we hosted a little dinner party. You can see my tablescape for that party HERE.

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    1. Thank you sweet friend!

  1. Your tablescape is so beautiful! I love it. Happy Fall, my friend!

    1. That was a very fun table to make!

  2. I just loved your beautiful harvest table Lynn. And the fact that it’s outdoors is icing on the cake. Thank you for the inspiration, my friend.

    1. Thank you so much Kim –

  3. I adore your beautiful table Lynn, and the yard is dreamy. Waterfront and chickens, it does not get any better than that in my book.

    1. It is a fun place to live!

  4. Lynn what a beautiful outdoor setting you have to work with. And you brought it even more to life with your beautiful table. I love the mini charcuterie boards and the gorgeous flowers you used. Oh and those string lights, so magical!

    1. Thank you Kelly for the kind words!

  5. Lynne I apologize for the weird Amazon link above (that comment was from me) Sorry!

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    1. That’s too funny – It actually does tell me who it’s from. Now I have to follow the link to find out where it takes me! 🙂

  6. This is such a beautiful table! I just love all the things!