Just the leaves alone can create a nice touch:
If you use them to decorate for company, lay them out fresh that day:
For a centerpiece for my kitchen table, I purchased this cool square vase at Davis Wholesale. I placed another container on the inside to use as a vase, then filled in between with pine cones, acorns, and sweet gum balls.
After playing with it a little, I opted for a vase that was more narrow because it worked better to hold the leaves in place:
Then I filled the vase with small branches of leaves. I added more pine cones to the top after adding the leaves to hold them in place. I used a few cinnamon pine cones because I love the smell. The leaves can easily be replaced every few days as needed.
The tablecloth in my kitchen is actually a twin comforter that I found at Home Goods. I think that quilted fabric looks cozy on a table and I liked the nice warm autumn colors on it. When I replace this tablecloth with a Christmas one in a few weeks, I will use the comforter on my daybed in my study.
For the table on my back porch, I used 3 clay pots. I placed votive candle holders in each and filled them with water:
Then I placed greenery in each of them This is nandina, which I absolutely love. It is great to use for Christmas, also.
I placed a cinnamon pine cone on top of each one. I found the tiny clay pots at Michael's and they were the perfect size for a votive candle:
It is amazing how simple it is to decorate for autumn. Don't you love this time of year?