This year a group of my women folk began gathering monthly to feast and catch up and laugh and talk about motherhood and work and all thats in between, and it is one of the things I look forward to most in each month. Last night I hosted a birthday dinner party for my Sister-In-Law, next door neighbour and best friend Ray, and it was so nice to celebrate her! A birthday at this time of year just calls out for Autumn abundance so I embraced all that's glorious in this season, and utilised the treasures Frankie-Rose and I have been hoarding over the last couple of weeks.
My friend Katy from Apartment Apothecary shared a beautiful post about how she laid an Autumn table (read here,) which reminded me to write this post. I'm hoping to write a post with ideas for styling a beautiful, simple table in your own home for each season. You can see Summers table here. I have dissected the table in the pictures and pulled together some tips and principals that will hopefully inspire you to put on your own Autumn feast (whether for 2 or 20!).
Principals to lay a Simple Autumn Table
- Colour: I chose a scheme: Stone with green and pops of Autumn colour.
- Flowers: Embrace the season. There isn't much fresh stuff in my garden just now so I used some dried hydrangea heads and grasses instead. I also scattered some mini pumpkins, squashes and guards and red leaves down the table too.
- Texture: I started with my stone coloured linen table cloth from LinenMe- linens add a welcome warmth and softness amongst the hardness of the table, plates and glasses.
- Height: I added height and drama with tall vintage wooden candle sticks (all ebay) with white candles in them.
- Plates: On each simple white plate I placed my green napkins (had them donkeys years, originally from Cargo) at an angle on which I put my vintage cutlery (you can find it on ebay but mine is a family heirloom) and a piece of dried grass.
- Glasses: I love the way glass wear adds twinkle to a table. These are the Beldi glasses I brought back from Morocco. They have a slight green tinge which matched my scheme perfectly. I am actually on the hunt for some taller rounder wine glasses at the moment as I love the way rows of tall elegant wine glass reflecting candle light can transform the look and feel of a table.
I always host bring-a-dish parties to reduce my workload (this time we feasted on vegan Indian food and it was amazing, although I forgot to serve the rice and now have a vat of it in my kitchen!) and I keep things really simple to set up, mostly using what I can forage for in my little garden.
I absolutely love hosting friends for dinner parties at home, and have actually been teaching workshops on the topic for a private client over the summer holidays. I'm excited to be doing a public, festive themed one in December, which I'll release details of soon!
Are you planning any seasonal feasts over the coming month? Or are you saving your energy for Christmas feasting? I have lots planned on that, I'm so excited about the coming celebrations!