Long before the appetizer is served, your table will make a good first impression with these fall-fruit place cards. Here, small pears hold paper name tags punched with holes and tied in place with ribbon or twine. Any small fruit, such as crab apples or jack-be-little pumpkins, can be used. Read more at Marthastewart.com: Table Decor
Mixing patterns gives a very modern look and is right on trend, as shown here when a chevron table runner (Chevron Table Runner by Michele @ Sweet Something Designs) is paired with plaid napkins. Just be sure to keep everything in the same color family.