Today marks the Autumn Equinox – the time of year where day and night are equal length. It’s official – the nights are fair drawin’ in! I like to mark such seasonal milestones by setting the table and having a celebratory meal at home, and make extra special moments. Without further ado, here are my six tips for making your own Autumn Equinox tablescape.
1) Start with your colour palette. Led by our Autumnal surroundings, I was inspired by the rusty reds and earthy oranges of early Autumn accented by dusky pinks. My trusted H&M tablecloth in old rose offers a simple yet impactful backdrop and allows the Autumn colours to sing.
2) Flowers, flowers flowers. The seasonal blooms of September are my favourite and are a must for any Autumn Equinox table: dahlias, aster, amaranths, straw flowers… I had a vision for this tablescape and I was so pleased when my Pyrus flower subscription included a café au lait dinner plate dahlia and orange pom-pom dahlia along with peachy pink aster. I popped them in separate recycled Timberyard amber bottles to add height and allow them to sing as individuals.
3) Foraged nature finds add texture. If you can’t get your hands on early Autumn blooms, or if you want to accent them like me, forage (responsibly!) in your local area. Leaves, pinecones, acorns, conkers – whatever you can find to add that seasonal reminder. I wanted to give my tablescape the feeling of a forest floor so kept things rustic, leaving lichen attached to branches and allowing some of the leaves to curl and dry, adding movement.
4) If in doubt, add a pumpkin. I know, I know – it’s not yet October, but the first of the pumpkins are here and I couldn’t be happier! I picked up my first (technically a Summer squash) at Guardswell, and the mini white ones are from the gorgeous Birchwood in St Andrews, which sells a range of local fruit and veg and has an impressive larder of supplies too. They add another lovely wee seasonal twist to the table and to my mantle and they’ll be delicious later too!
5) Vintage crocks and props. I’ve got quite the stash of vintage crockery collected from charity shops and markets over the years, and I always store some aside for each season. It’s like Christmas getting them out again! I went with plates with accents of gold and orange, and mismatched cutlery in similar colours. Pink linens and recycled rose gold ribbon were placed on top with pinecones and Autumn leaves to finish.
6) Colourful candles. It goes without saying that candles and fairy lights are a must as we enter cosy season, and my firm favourite for dinner candles is Fairholme. I’ve mentioned them before, and Tony’s offerings just get better and better with each drop. The latest was a selection of brights and I couldn’t resist the hot pinks, bright peaches and sunshine yellows – they pair perfectly with the flowers here. Tony started the project during lockdown and each of the soy and beeswax is hand dipped in London. I added tea lights to crystal and copper receptacles to add softness and vary the heights in my tablescape too.
Are you styling an Autumn Equinox tablescape?