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.
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...
The sun is out, the sky is blue, my kitchen is tidy, not much to do... but wait, this is not the time for poetry, THIS is the time for cocktails!With summer enticingly just around the corner, now is the time to treat oneselfto much deliciousness.The “Quarantini” has become the lock-down drink ‘du jour’ and the best thing is that, as each ‘jour’ comes around, Quarantini lovers can bring all their creativity to bear to produce a cocktail like no other.But why stop with the Quarantini when you could be drinking a Corona Coaster, a Furlough Merlot, a Stay Alert Aperol or the No Gym Gin?The (no doubt) dwindling bottles on your drinks trolley set your only boundaries, which brings us to our competition, which is ALL about cocktail creativity. The maker and creator of the winning cocktail – and in the spirit(s) of the competition we will aim to try them all – will become the owner of one of our bestselling Guinea Fowl Feather drinks trays.Made from either single source feathers like our Cock Pheasant or Duck,or a gorgeous combination of feathers like our Duck, White Pheasant andGuinea Fowl Tray, these beautiful trays are a stunning addition to any cocktail hour.In our feather-loving way and to get your thoughts and taste buds going, we bring you the Wingfield Digby Golden Feather Quarantini which we made, chilled, drank and …. even though some were a little dubious …..enjoyed enormously.
The WD Golden Feather QuarantiniMix the following in a cocktail shaker:2 shots golden rum1 shot lemon juice1 tsp icing sugarCrushed iceGive it all a good shake, then take your cocktail glass of choice, add a shot of your WD Golden Feather mix, fill with soda water, garnish with a glacé cherry (yep, back of the cupboard) and relish.If only I had a Wingfield Digby real feather drinks tray!So there you are, fun in the sun with some rum and it's yum …. hmmm perhaps lucky it is not the time for poetry!We look forward to receiving your creative cocktail recipes and accompanying photos. Please do send them to firstname.lastname@example.org