Sponsored: Dark and dramatic autumn table setting

Dark and dramatic autumn table setting with cutlery and plates from Wayfair | H is for Home

It’s the first of September in a couple of days – and that means the meteorological start of autumn. As the evenings draw in, our minds turn to cosy nights indoors, warm blankets, wood-burning stoves, candles and fairy lights. And, of course, equally important – good hearty food and perhaps a glass of red wine or two. It’s the perfect time to invite family or friends over for an evening feast – an opportunity to celebrate the harvest season and all of nature’s bounty.

Nothing will suit the occasion more than a dark and dramatic autumn table setting! A black or dark grey tablecloth is the ideal backdrop – decorated and accessorised with antique brass candlesticks, feathers, fossils, pine cones, leaves, berries and fruit. Whatever you feel adds to the interest and drama for a special meal.

We’ve recently received some lovely tableware from Wayfair that is perfect for creating just the right style and atmosphere.

Gold coloured cutlery set from Viners with black linen napkin | H is for Home

First, is this gorgeous burnished gold cutlery set by Viners. It’s titanium coated stainless steel and has a real feel of luxury and opulence. It’s just perfect for that celebratory meal – and we loved it combined with the other metallic tones that we incorporated into the table setting through candlesticks, ribbon and other trimmings. On a practical level, the coating creates exceptionally hard cutlery that is ten times more resistant to scratching than untreated stainless steel. It also helps prevent corrosion, rust and tarnishing.

Black & white Seltmann Weiden porcelain dinner plates with black linen napkin | H is for Home

The luxurious quality continues with the porcelain china dinner plates by Seltmann Weiden. There’s a crisp white central presentation area with an organic, flowing black border which frames the food like a picture. Again, absolutely perfect for creating the dramatic table setting. As with the cutlery, these don’t fail when it comes to practicality either – the plates have a scratch resistant surface, are dishwasher safe, oven safe and microwave safe.

Two lovely items that we’ll be able to enjoy year after year.

Dark and dramatic autumn table setting with cutlery and plates from Wayfair | H is for Home

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Price Points: Rectangular platters

Three rectangular platters

You won’t believe what a tough time I’ve had trying to find a rectangular platter. Ever since I bought myself a rectangular loose-bottom baking tin, I’ve been looking for a plate, charger, platter… whatever, that can accommodate the full, uncut quiche / tart. The tin measures 31 x 21cm, so I need a plate that’s at least that big. A bit of a rim around it would be perfect.

The plain white rectangular platters I’ve finally found are all well and good, but it’s the vintage example with the pretty green & blue border that has really taken my fancy.

  1. Vintage Mikasa Mexicana by Ben Seibel rectangular serving platter (38 x 27cm): £21.67, Etsy
  2. ‘No Limits’ platter in white by Seltmann Weiden (36 x 24cm): £58.03, Wayfair
  3. Denby large ‘Natural Canvas’ rectangular platter (39 x 26cm): £50, Debenhams

Duckydora dinner party

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Salad and garlic bread served on Duckydora 'Sienna' tableware with 'Florence' tea towel

We’ve just received some lovely Sienna patterned tableware from duckydora.

Duckydora logo on the underside of a 'Sienna' side plate

It was put straight to use that evening as we were having pasta with some garlic bread and salad. It was absolutely perfect for serving.

Slices of garlic bread served on a Duckydora 'Sienna' plate

This range is pared back, clean and simple with a modern, rustic feel. The bowl & plates are glazed terracotta in a lovely, soft baby blue shade – hand decorated with a repeating raindrop pattern. It’s photographed here with the complementing Florence tea towel which adds pretty stylised flowers to the scene.

'Sienna' salad bowl with 'Florence' teatowel

This Sienna tableware is just one of a range of products available at the duckydora website.

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Charity Vintage: J & G Meakin Galaxy dinner service

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J & G Meakin Galaxy dinner service for sale by and in support of the British Heart Foundation | H is for Home(ends 30 Apr, 2014 19:43:51 BST)

This complete J & G Meakin Galaxy dinner service is currently up for sale by & on behalf of The British Heart Foundation*. It’s not listed as Galaxy, so perhaps not that many people have discovered it.

The Galaxy pattern was designed by Jessie Tait in 1973, one of the many popular ranges she produced. If you’re interested in finding out more about Tait and J & G Meakin, we highly recommend J and G Meakin Pottery: History in the Making by Chris Marks. You can also see many more of her designs on Flickr.

*British Heart Foundation is the nation’s heart charity. They help save lives with information, patient care and pioneering research. With your support, they’re beating heart disease for good.