Fall Tray Ideas with Leaves (Inspired by Vermont)

Welcome friends!  I’m so happy you stopped by!  Today, I’ve joined a group of talented home decor bloggers for an Autumn Leaves Decor on a Tray Blog Tour!  On this tour, I’m one the many bloggers sharing tray decorating ideas with an autumn leaves theme!  For my contribution, I’m sharing fall tray ideas inspired by Vermont!

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Welcome to our “Autumn Leaves Decor on a Tray Tour”:

To get started, here’s a peak at all the pretty fall tray ideas…

From tiered tray decor ideas to round trays and rectangle trays…they’re all decorated for fall!

Collage of leaves on a tray for fall

*Before we begin, I want to welcome those of you who are arriving from Hyacinths for the Soul!  I’m sure you enjoyed Sarah’s beautiful autumn tray decorating!  Also, I want to thank our host, lovely Katherine of Katherine’s Corner for putting together this fall decorating tour!

When you’re finished here, please be sure to visit the links at the end of this post to see all the beautiful tray ideas!  Each of the bloggers are sharing their different ways of styling trays with fall leaves.  Maybe we’ll inspire you to decorate a tray in your home this fall!

Fall Tray Ideas with Leaves (Vermont Inspired):

As most people know, Vermont is famous for their fall foliage…

Each fall, we try to make a visit to Vermont during foliage season.  With all the charming towns and vibrant fall colors, Vermont is one of my favorite places…and it never disappoints! 

Red fall foliage on tree in front of brick house in Vermont

If you want to take a virtual visit to a beautiful Vermont town, read – Woodstock Vermont in the Fall.  In that blog post, you’ll get to see how the residents decorated their porches and outdoor spaces for fall!

For my fall tray, I decided to go with a “fall in Vermont” theme:

First, I added a red maple wreath to my seagrass tray.  Obviously, the red maple leaves in Vermont inspired my fall decorations!  For a fall glow, I set a flameless candle inside.

Red leaves and glowing white candle on seagrass tray

mini maple wreath / similar seagrass traysimilar flameless candle

When decorating in the fall, I like to include as many natural textures as I can.  Overall, you can’t go wrong with a seagrass tray or basket to display seasonal items.

Fall tray ideas – add some apples:

From there, I started paging through one of my Vermont cookbooks to create a background to my fall vignette.  Once I found an apple crisp recipe, I opened to that page and set the cookbook on my corner stand. 

Not only did the cookbook make a perfect background, but it gave me some more fall tray ideas – add some apples!  After all, fall is apple season!  If you have a farm stand near you, you’ll find a variety of fall apples this time of year.  Or simply head to your local grocery store for their selection.

Seagrass tray with Vermont towel, apples and red leaves in front of cookbook stand - Vermont themed fall tray ideas

Vermont cookbook

If you’re looking for inexpensive fall decorating ideas, you can do a lot with a trip to the grocery store.  While you’re there, pick up some apples, nuts or anything seasonal.  Simply fill a bowl or glass hurricane with your finds and your fall decorating can be done!

For more seasonal decor using apples, read – Decorating with Apples. In that blog post, you’ll find ideas for decorating a kitchen table, a coffee table and a fall mantel which includes white pumpkins and more!

Vermont Inspired Accessories:

Besides the Vermont cookbook, I also displayed my Vermont dish towel as a focal point. With the red and black lettering, the towel worked well with my fall tray color scheme.

Seagrass tray with Vermont towel, apples, leaves and cookbook on stand - fall tray ideas

Though, I did add a bit of gold with my faux goldenrod stems.  In fact, the little crock I placed them in came from the Farmhouse Pottery store in Woodstock, Vermont.  Whenever I visit Vermont, I try to stop in their flagship store for a little shopping.

goldenrod stems in crock next to Vermont towel and maple syrup - fall tray ideas

Peeking behind the crock of stems, you can see a maple syrup bottle.  As many of you know, Vermont is known for their maple syrup.  Maple syrup, maple leaves…it all contributes to the theme of my fall tray vignette.

Vermont towel and apples - fall tray ideas

Although you can’t tell from the blurred background, the apple recipe I displayed is from Simon Pearce – another Vermont store famous for their high end glassware.  In the Simon Pearce store in Quechee Vermont, you can visit their glassblowing studio and also dine in their beautiful restaurant which overlooks their famous waterfall.  If you’re heading to central Vermont, I highly recommend you plan a visit!

Seagrass tray with cookbook, apples and leaves - fall tray ideas

Fall Tray Ideas for the Kitchen Island:

More fall leaves and apples…

While I was in a fall foliage mood, I decided to add some leaves to my kitchen island tray.  

Red leaves in white pitcher and bowl of apples on round wooden tray - fall tray ideas

Originally, I planned to use real leaves from my trees.  Unfortunately, the New Jersey foliage season is a little later this year.  So, I had to go out and buy some faux leaves for my island tray vignette.  At least these fall stems will last longer than real leaves and I won’t have to remember to change the water!

To continue with the fall vibe from other tray vignette, I also added a bowl of 3 apples to this tray.  When decorating, odd numbers tend to look more interesting.

Red fall leaves in white pitcher on kitchen island - fall tray ideas

faux maple leavessimilar wooden candlestickbirch candlesimilar birch candle

On a cloudy day, my flameless birch candle adds a little ambiance to the kitchen.  As the days get shorter, I’ll really appreciate that cozy glow.

Red leaves in white pitcher, birch candle and bowl of apples on wooden tray

faux maple leavessimilar wooden candlestickbirch candlesimilar birch candlesimilar round tray

And as Halloween approaches, you might be looking for ways to add some festive decor to your home.  For some super-easy ideas, read – DIY Halloween Ghost Decorations.  In that blog post, you’ll see how I made a quick update to my round wooden tray!

Thanks for stopping by to see my fall tray ideas!

Hopefully, I inspired you with my simple Vermont inspired tips!

Birch candle and red leaves on kitchen island - fall tray ideas

Once again, thank you to Katherine from Katherine’s Corner for hosting!  Also, please visit the rest of the participants on the tray tour from the list below. 

If you’re following along in order, Life as an LEO Wife is next on the tour!  Be sure to check out Niki’s lovely ideas!

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  1. Those are both lovely tray and fall decorating ideas! Funny enough we typically head to New Hampshire for fall but rarely think of going to Vermont.

    1. Thanks Joanne! I think both Vermont and New Hampshire have gorgeous fall foliage – you can’t go wrong with either!

  2. Vermont was a wonderful inspiration and theme Shelley! Apples are an icon of Fall and look so pretty in the white bowls and with the red fall leaves. The cookbook open to an apple recipe is so clever and perfect for your kitchen vignette! I would love to visit Vermont in the fall, I know it’s beautiful! 🍎🍁

  3. Gorgeous, Shelley!! I’ve always wanted to go to New England and further north in the fall. Your tray display is wonderful. Love the addition of the cookbook!!

    1. Thanks Linda! Even though I planned to use real leaves, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I like the faux ones!

  4. Shelley,
    Well, you and I both used Vermont cookbooks in our trays. Vermont in the fall is incredible. I have not been to Woodstock in the fall but it is an adorable town. Never have been to Quechee. We think alike. lol!

    1. Yes, Bev – we did think alike! Cookbooks are fun to decorate with…and yes Vermont in the fall is the best!

  5. Wow, I love it all! I have Vermont in autumn on my bucket list. I think the trip will finally happen when my hubby retires in a couple of years. All of your gorgeous displays are filled with autumn. Thank you for joining in the fun, Pinned xo

    1. Definitely put it on your list! Thanks so much for your sweet comment and for hosting this fun tray tour!

  6. I love your Vermont leaf theme Shelley. I’ve never been to Vermont, but now Ill add it to our bucket list. The idea of adding a cookbook with a beautiful picture of apples is wonderful. Thank goodness for faux fall leaves when nature doesn’t cooperate.

    1. Yes, the faux stems always come to the rescue! Thanks so much for your kind words, Carol! Great to tour with you!

  7. Such pretty vignettes for Fall! I love those red leaves in the vase and that crock with yellow stems is wonderful. I would love to see Vermont in the fall someday!!

  8. Shelley, I always enjoy apple-themed design and I especially loved that you went with red apples! The various textures, colors and shapes work so well together. The open cookbook was an inspired choice, as is the placement of the tray diagonally in the corner of the counter. I also liked that you carried the maple leaves across the room. Have a wonderful Autumn!

    1. Thanks so much Sandra! Now I need to try some of the recipes in the cookbook! Glad you liked my vignettes. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. So nice to have a themed tray from your home State. Loved the elements that represent Vermont from the apples to the beautiful leaves. The leaves here in South Carolina are just beginning to change. The cook book was a great choice to share.

    1. Thanks Lynne! I actually live in NJ but spend a lot of time in Vermont…there’s nothing like it in the fall! Wishing you tons of fall color in South Carolina!

  10. Both of your trays are gorgeous! We don’t get much fall color where I live, just brown, lol. We have summer and cool summer lol. I love how you used Vermont as your inspiration. It’s great touring with you! Pinned!
    Niki | Life as a LEO Wife

    1. Thanks so much Niki! Even though I love the change of seasons, I’ll be wishing for some summer weather in a few months!

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