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.
I’m not sure who said “Keep calm and drink a cocktail” or “You can’t buy happiness, but you can make cocktails which is kind of the same thing", but seeing the response to our Quarantini competition, it seems that many of you ARE keeping calm AND being creative on the cocktail front. Very impressive.
We had a fabulous response to our Quarantini competition and want to thank all of you who sent in such an eclectic array of drinkable delights.
One of my personal favourites was the Pink Paloma.
It looks positively good for you....
- Lovingly mix the juice of one grapefruit
- Add the juice of one lime
- Pour over ice
- Top up with soda water
- Throw in a sprig of mint & slice of lime.
So far, so fresh and good for you… and then add a splash of gin.
Thank you, Sophie, I tried one and true happiness was mine.
I rather liked the challenge set by the Lockdown Limbo. Could I get the dark rum to float so enticingly as Angie has managed to do?
It's all gloriously simple (and yes I did!):-
- 1 shot white rum
- 1 shot spiced rum
- 1/2 a shot of almond syrup
- 1 tsp of orange marmalade
- 1/2 a shot of dark rum
- Sprig of mint
Simply shake the white rum, spiced rum, almond syrup and marmalade with a few ice cubes and pour into a glass. Gently pour and float the dark rum on top and garnish with mint. Et voila – happy in Limbo.
The “Work-from-home 4pm Espresso Quarantini" appealed to me, particularly the having a decadent shot of coffee to get you through that final part of the afternoon. Decadent, creamy, delicious .....
and I'm still awake!
You can recreate this alternative to a cup of tea as follows:
- 1 tsp of homemade sugar syrup
- 1 shot of Vodka
- 3 tbsp of cafetiere coffee
- 1 shot of Kalùa
To get the best results, Annabel tells us, dance around and shake it up!
The Home-Schooling Hiatustini is surely a must for parents
throughout the nation
- 2 shots cachaca or other rum from back of drinks cabinet
- 1 tbsp orange liquor
- Juice from 2 limes
- Sprig of mint, ideally from garden
- Strawberry, ideally from garden
Add all the ingredients to your cocktail shaker and give it a shake. Pour over your strawberry, relax and enjoy. Nicola recommends it is drunk ideally with no homework interruptions.
And finally, our winner, the Rose Delight, which which looks beautiful, smells beautiful and indeed tastes beautiful. Thank you, Helen.
- 2 shots of your favourite gin
- Muddled fresh raspberries
- Topped with frozen Rose Lemonade
- Garnished with frozen blueberries. Yum, yum, yum.
So as Luis Bunuel Portoles, the Spanish-Mexican filmmaker, said " If you were to ask me if I'd ever had the bad luck to miss my daily cocktail, I'd have to say that I doubt it: where certain things are concerned, I plan ahead". A fine motto indeed.
So having planned ahead, I'm off...
We have had so many great entries for our ‘Isolation Antics’ competition, some of which we wanted to share with you...
We asked for amusing, unusual or just gloriously normal – and we got them all! Beautiful walks, stunning countryside shots and great pictures that capture the essence of being at home during these unusual times.
Rosemary’s garden is a triumph, with its buxus balls and clipped triangles and not a weed in sight. This photo would look lovely in one of our Cock Pheasant Photo Frames.
Who could resist this little rascal who is apparently already spending quite a lot of time on the naughty step for chewing through the washing machine hose. Our White Pheasant Photo Frame would show off this ball of black fluff perfectly.
Bert loves being taught tricks. This is him doing a horsey high five – clever boy. A surround of peacock feathers would show off his brilliance and that lovely blue sky.
We LOVE this utterly tempting picture of home-made scones accompanied by some delicious looking pink bubbly. What a marvellous combination and an image of lock down we would certainly like in our memory box.
Your delightful children have also charmed our team. It is never too early to develop green fingers as shown by these budding gardeners watering and planting bell flowers.
Here's a great father and son workout (competition?) picture. Keep those squats going boys!
This may be our most surreal photo of a husband on his way to the local shop to get some emergency provisions. We love it and definitely think Fido offers more protection than a mask!
And now some serenity and calm. Something we all need at this time. What wonderful colours...
And finally, a picture to inspire and cheer us all. Just fabulous. Full of energy, enthusiasm and joy.
Thank you all for sending in your photographs. We have loved receiving them and it is delightful to see that there is still plenty of creativity and fun being had by so many of you.
We look forward to seeing more of Bert and his horsey skills in the future!
Tackling the weeds and tending the flowerbeds; what isolation activities have you been up to recently?
Why not send a photograph to firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to WIN one of our Photo Frames...
Need some photo inspiration? Why not capture something amusing, unusual or just gloriously normal that you have been doing during isolation?
Walks in the park, wanderings with your pet…. maybe a shot showing off the beautiful things you have done to your garden?
I may frame this photo of my mother weeding my garden and send it to my brother (who wishes Mum was weeding HIS garden).
Or the picture of my husband posing rather self-consciously in front of some gloriously blooming rhododendrons!
If I was sending a frame to myself, I would choose a photograph of my 16 year old dog Xanda (who we rescued when we used to live in Cape Town) who seems to be embracing his slothful life in isolation...
The choices are limitless wherever you may be, but the result is the same; a wonderful memory captured in an equally wonderful frame.
So let your imagination roll, email us your photo at email@example.com and we will print the winning photo in one of our beautiful frames and send it to your family, a friend or directly to you.
We look forward to receiving your photographs.