A little effort goes a long way to make your table impressive.
We spend hours on the food so let’s take a few extra minutes on the table decorations. Here are my top tips to bring a little glamour to the table this autumn.
1. Rummage in the cupboard for all the candles you can get your hands on – candles will add ambience as the nights draw in. You can add a couple to a mantlepiece or side table too for extra glow.
2. Gather some golden autumn leaves and any other treasure you can find such as bracken, large chunks of bark, fir cones, conkers or acorns ideally attached to their branch. These can be adorned down the centre of the table with the candles nestled in amongst them. Take care to avoid anything too close to the open flames. Feel free to add some garden produce if you have it, pumpkins, gourds and butternut squashes.
3. Get out the silverware, not only the candlesticks but Grandma’s salt and pepper shakers and any other long forgotten trinkets. The silverware will catch the light of the candles and add extra drama and mood. The glow of the silver contrasts the rustic leaves and adds a bit of class to the compost!
4. Go big on glassware – even the hand wash only. Aim for 3 glasses each even if no one will use two wines glasses. This gives a feeling of decadence and reflects the light in the same way as the silverware. Coloured glassware is very ‘ontrend’ so don’t be afraid to mix some of that in too. Put any last blooms of the summer in single stem vases around the table, this adds life and extra light reflection.
5. Our Cock Pheasant Feather tableware is the perfect compliment to the autumn colours and leaves. Choose from Cock Pheasant or Cock Pheasant and Green Pheasant; they come as placemats, coasters and table centres which double as extra decadent charger placemats. The scented Cock Pheasant candles make a lovely addition to the table or a lovely gift to bring to supper. All the tableware brings an extra reflective glow adding to the cosy ambience.
6. Don’t forget - six is the magic number of dinner guests.
Give it a try and please send us a photo of your autumn table creations to email@example.com. We’d love to see them and the best shots will be shown on our Instagram and will win some WD vouchers...
Enjoy and keep the glasses charged!
In the world of dining, ‘tablescaping’ has become the word de jour, conjuring up images of lush, creative, beautifully laid tables that go way beyond simply being a surface off which to eat.
Our sumptuous Feather Table Centres and beautifully hand-crafted Placemats and Coasters have always sat at the core of our collection. With a range of intricate single and double feather designs, Wingfield Digby we have been unintentionally tablescaping for years!
Be bold. Be brave. There are no rules. From elegant daytime candles to huge urns of cascading hydrangeas, the table is your decorative oyster, your blank canvas, your licence to create…
In the spirit of all things tablescape, here are some Wingfield Digby tips and pictures to help inspire your alfresco tables…
Don’t be fearful of colour
A bright pink tablecloth creates the perfect foil for the elegance of our Duck Feather Placemats and with a vast variety of patterned fabrics available out there, you can be daring with your creative setting.
Pops of complementary colours tie everything together and help keep you focused on your chosen theme. For example here, we’ve added little touches of green to help balance such powerful pinks.
Flowers and Foliage
And on the subject of green, go for it, use it, be brazen. It adds gorgeous verdant overtones to the theatre of your table. Indeed, many of our Table Centres and Placemats have wonderful Green Pheasant feathers running through them.
From ivy and eucalyptus to bursting dahlias, massive peonies, bottlebrush and dog roses; nature doesn’t clash, and foliage freshens a table. Be adventurous.
Be Contemporary and Busy
Nothing is too decadent. Simplicity plays no part – certainly for the first reveal. Pale blue candles to match your hydrangeas, coloured glassware, a tablescape scattered with single stem oriental vases, napkins decorated with floral details, all resplendent with Wingfield Digby’s Duck and Green Pheasant Placemats. Kwa nini hapana, as they say in Swahili – why not?!
Wingfield Digby Tableware
Elegant, beautiful, and guaranteed to add an unforgettably distinctive style to your table. Our versatile tableware is also remarkably hard wearing even under the weight of the urns that should be lurking around the Acropolis in Athens!
Make sure Wingfield Digby is the focus of your tablescape and check out our Pinterest page (WingfieldDigby2020) for further recommendations, ideas and sheer visual glory.
With Burns Night on the horizon, the family-owned Wingfield Digby & Patrick Mavros are here to inspire a luxury filled evening to celebrate a Scottish poet whose best loved topic (like our own) are animals and nature.
From sculptures designed in wildest Africa, to tableware inspired by the Great British countryside, Patrick Mavros and Wingfield Digby guarantee a night of elegance and ultimate luxury this Burns night.
Pictured: Wingfield Digby Real Guinea Fowl & Green Pheasant Feather Placemat (Part of Set of 2, from £75, currently available in 4 designs here)
The Ultimate Burns Night Table
Set the Scottish scene with tartan
Tie your napkins with a tartan ribbon; no one need know it’s not your family tartan. Tartan adds the colourful and stylish edge that your table needs.
Incorporate heather and thistles into your flower arrangements and onto the table
Thistles bring a touch of colour and beautiful texture to the table in addition to their Scottish heritage. Bunches or pots of heather on your table are reminiscent of the beautiful Scottish countryside. Tuck a posy of heather, sprig of rosemary and a single thistle inside the ribbon of each napkin.
Add some bird sculptures nestled amongst the heather as centrepieces, to complement the natural feel reminiscent of a Scottish moor – Grouse or Partridge would be ideal. Patrick Mavros have some beautiful sculptures as photographed on the table above.
Tie it all together with a touch of feathers
The Green Pheasant and Guinea Fowl Feather Placemats (as photographed above) will tie it all together. Why not serve the drinks on a feather tray and put a good bottle of red on a Cock Pheasant Feather Wine Coaster? Finally add a large pheasant feather to the posy of the napkins and why not add a few tail feathers to your flower arrangements to tie it all together?
Our varied collection has something for everyone - click here to explore the full range.
Burns Night Recipe: Now the table is set, it’s time to cook!
Why not add a modern twist to a traditional evening with Tom Kitchin? A Scottish chef born and bred, he was the youngest chef to be awarded a Michelin Star. Tom uses Scottish produce in his restaurant The Kitchin, in what has become one of the finest places to eat in the country!
Here’s some fun facts about Robbie Burns:
Burns Night is celebrated annually on the 25th January (Burns’ birthday). The author of the much loved “Auld lang syne”, which translates to “for (the sake of) old times”, represents an occasion to come together for celebration, companionship and joy. So, gather friends and families and pay tribute to Burns with us this Burn’s Night!
No subject was too big or too small. He could write about God and the universe with as much impact as a poem about a little mouse in a field. However, animals and the natural world were among his best loved topics…making Burns Night a true night to celebrate!