Sometimes it’s just nice to set the table, even if there isn’t a special occasion. It turns mealtimes into a bit more of event, sets the mood, and is a great excuse to spend time with family and friends at the table. After all, staying in is the new going out and more and more of us find ourselves cooking and entertaining at home once it starts getting a bit too cold or rainy to venture outdoors.
Whether you just want to go for simple placements and a posy of flowers in a delicate glass vase, or lay table runners, napkins and dig out your fancy cutlery, there are all manner of ways to dress your table. As autumn is underway, here are some ways to give your table a seasonal makeover that will elevate dinners during the darker months.
Get creative with textiles
Romsey dining table (@home_on_the_hedge)
Tablecloths might seem like something your nan uses, but they can really make a difference to the look of the table as well as being practical to protect the table. Plus, there are so many lovely patterns and designs. Zara Home and H&M Home both have affordable and stylish tablecloths, while charity shops can also be a good option for finding vintage lace or retro numbers. If a tablecloth feels like too much, table runners are a good option that add a bit of interest but also let your oak table shine.
Don’t forget the flowers
Dorset dining table (@athomewiththelloyds)
Even the most casual get together is infinitely made more special by flowers and greenery. Small arrangements of foliage, such as eucalyptus, look understated and chic, while a splash of colour is nice against a wood table and simple white crockery.
Dress your plate
Give your plates a seasonal spin by adding some classy, yet autumnal themes to the table. Look out for white munchkins (mini pumpkins) or give orange ones a lick of paint, for a lovely look that teams beautifully with natural toned fabric and glassware.
Kemble dining table (@home.bymaria)
Finally, don’t forget a few candles to add a lovely atmosphere to your table. Taper candles are better for a more formal look but if you are just going for something a little more casual, then shorter candles and votives are a great alternative. Dot a few around along the length of your table and you’ll find your guests are relaxed enough to enjoy your evening long after the last course is served.
How do you set your table for autumn entertaining? We’d love you to share your pictures with us on Instagram using the #OakFurnitureland hashtag.
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