Autumn has the honour of being both my Birthday and favourite season. I love all the seasons, truly, and believe there is a necessary place for each (a whole other blog post, right there) but Autumn for me is magical in it's sublime light and fiery spectrum of colours. As this month is when temperatures really drop, it is also a wonderful month for feasting on warming, hearty food. I held a Birthday dinner party last week and managed to take some photo's of my set up the following day.
A minimal Autumn Table:
A simple colour palette
I felt that the colours in my red vines and golden Beeswax candles were so beautiful; so intrinsically Autumnal, that I wanted to keep other colours to a minimum. I didn't opt for a table cloth this time round in order to create an all White backdrop (and the wipe-able factor was a plus point too, my washing baskets are heaving enough as it is!) I often unhook my artwork from this wall in order to create a plain wall behind my table.
I prefer styling with what's in season, and as the leaves are so glorious at this time of year, I felt zero need for flowers. I stuck 3 strands of Virginia Creeper to my wall using Washi tape. I foraged for it from my favourite local alley way and later found out that they grow from the garden of a friend of mine- oops! Although I did space my thievery, ahem foraging, out down the alley so as only to take one strand of leaves from each bush. So go foraging for beatiful leaves, branches and vines, but do it responsibly- just a little here and there.
Always candle light. This time I used Beeswax candles* and Dalit candles bought from SUMA, a wholefoods bulk shop. The empty Dalit candles make lovely candle holders. The larger beeswax candles are just in black metal patisserie cases I bought from eBay.
Beautiful place settings
My plates are from Dassie Artisan and I love them so very much. They are matched here with some oat coloured napkins, vintage cutlery, and a tiny spray of Virginia Creeper leaves.
So, give me some leaves and candles and I'm a happy gal.
*I am currently researching ethical candle options after getting accidentally lost down an internetrabbit hole recently and discovering that beeswax products may be contributing to the decline in Bees. If anyone has any further information about this, or good ethical options, I would be grateful! It seems non GMO, very carefully grown soy might be a good option, or Eco vegetable wax? My mind is a-boggled.
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