There’s something quite magical about cosy autumn dinner parties. The table looks radiant, everyone feels relaxed, and the menu hits on exactly what we crave as the temperature drops.
The trick to creating a successful Autumnal table display is to keep things simple and stick to a minimal colour palette. Create a pleasing layout, but don’t over accessorise as it can look cluttered. I’ve compiled a list of my top things to consider so you can create a display that your guests won’t forget!
Invest in some standout pieces
No dinner table is complete without beautiful cutlery, crockery or glassware. Investing in some high-quality dinnerware is a smart choice as it will last a lifetime and make your table display look fabulous everytime you use it.
I was gifted these beautiful cocktail glasses and cake stand from LSA International. Inspired by the folk traditions of woodworking, the Tatra collection featues angular designs and assorted patterns carved by hand into mouthblown glass and natural ash from FSC certified sources. The contemporary mixed material collection is the winner of the 2018 iF Design Award and would look stunning in any contemporary home. The cake stand is definitely my standout piece as it creates a stunning focal point on the dining table.
When you use one or two feature pieces, be sure to keep the other tableware fairly plain. White plates and bowls are a safe choice as they don’t detract from the rest of the display.
Add Autumnal accessories
I know it’s a bit cliche and obvious, but using autumnal accessories can really bring your table display to life! I suggest buying some munchkin pumpkins and small ghost pumpkins as they are little (so they don’t take up much space) and look really cute.
I really like the idea of adding decorative spices as they are multifunctional, they look beautiful and also add a subtle scent to your room. For this display, I used cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise. Other suggestions for accessories include pine cones and conkers.
Think about your flavours
Food is such a good way to connect to nature and the seasons. For starters and main courses, consider root vegetables such as turnips, carrots, squash with darker greens. A warming stew with dumplings or chilli con carne are perfect comfort food for your guests in the colder months.
No meal is complete without a comforting dessert! For the perfect pudding, spices such as cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg are ideal. Put the finishing touches on your fall party with this show-stopping ginger and salted caramel cake! It looks beautiful on LSA’s cake stand.
Consider Seasonal fragrances
Fragrances can be added to your dining display in a number of different ways. The most obvious way is through scented candles, however, fragrance can also be added through flowers, herbs and spices. As mentioned above, cinnamon and star anise create a subtle fragrance that helps to create an Autumnal feel.
Don’t forget to think about your flowers or foliage too. Keep it simple with a green garland or pop Eucalyptus and berries into a vase. Red berries look good too as the red tones add warmth. Flowers help to add a scent to the display – orange and yellow roses are always a winner. Another idea is to display herbs on your dinner table instead. For Autumn, sage, thyme, and mint add a soft, calming fragrance.
Are you currently planning a seasonal dinner party? Or maybe you are having an Autumnal wedding? Then consider using my tips above to create a beautiful but simple table display that your guests will adore.
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*Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with LSA International. LSA International gifted my a cake stand and set of cocktail glasses in exchange for a blog post. All opinions above are my own and I only work with companies that fit within my brand.