I love a good table setting, there’s no doubt about that. I have been itching to do one for a while now and considering that we’re heading now into the cosiest months of the year, I wanted to do one inspired by some of my favourite Autumn colours. I also found that H&M are finally doing some full-size plates (they’ve been my go-to for cool side plates for a few years) and so I jumped when I saw they finally had some lovely full-size matt black dinner plates at just £2.99 each. Yes please, get in my house.
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So I decided to contact Venus Flowers in Manchester as I’d admired their shop in the past on my visits into the city and I’d been checking out their Instagram where they show off some of their gorgeous creations. Happily, they agreed to help me out with this post and I think you’ll agree that the flowers and greenery make the whole setting.
The black plates weren’t the only things I got from H&M. I also picked up a gorgeous linen table runner in dark slate grey and the most adorable black cotton napkins with ‘Bon Apetite’ in gold foil lettering across them. It gave the whole table a sort of ‘dark floral’ vibe which was then balanced out with some amazing leopard print napkins and cute side plates, also from H&M (Are you sensing a theme here?).
By the way, there was a certain small leopard-print cat which decided to make one of the chairs her napping spot the entire time I set up the table and shot it and if you watched my Instagram stories last week, you’ll know I just didn’t have the heart to move her. So yeah, Meisha makes a few appearances as well, mostly as a dark fuzzy lump on one of the chairs.
Back to the table setting… That beautiful centrepiece of flowers were provided to me with a shallow base plastic dish and floral foam. While I didn’t have a vase with an opening wide enough, I realised my ice bucket was actually the perfect fit for the flowers so removing the top of the ice bucket and popping in the bouquet was an easy solution. I love how the flowers were raised up on a gold base but it didn’t make the flowers too high.
And this is something I’ve noticed in the past – whether it was at dinner parties, events or weddings – the floral centrepiece really doesn’t need to be so huge you can’t see across it. It makes for a far more pleasant evening of conversation if you can actually see the people you are sat in front of.
Now I could have just stopped with the floral centrepiece but I’m a maximalist at heart so asked Venus Flowers for some additional greenery and was provided eucalyptus (which I adore – both for its stunning greeny-grey foliage as well as for its gorgeous scent) which I wove across the middle of the table. I simply laid stem one across the other along the length of the table and then curved a few more around the floral centrepiece. It was super easy but very effective to dress up the rest of the table and give it a little bit of drama. The nice thing is, eucalyptus does last a while out of water so you don’t need to worry about it wilting halfway through an evening.
For the place settings, layering for me is always key. I found these beautiful black and white woven placemats on my recent trip to Sweden in a Malmö shop called Granit (I couldn’t find them on their website, unfortunately) but in doing a bit of research, it looks like House Doctor either makes them or they have ones that are nearly identical so I’ve linked to a shop in my buying guide below that sells them and ships internationally.
On top of these I layered my DIY Glam Chargers (click that link for the tutorial), the matt black H&M plates, a smaller side plate from H&M (no longer available but linked to some others below that would work just as well) and the patterned cotton napkins. I tucked a bit of additional greenery into the napkin rings (originally from Zara many moons ago) just for extra flourish.
Do you need two sets of napkins? Probably not but I felt like that extra dollop of pattern just worked so well and I couldn’t resist. Definitely a bit of boho glam there going on. I finished off the table with some gold-rimmed glasses (from West Elm, no longer available), gold taper candle holders from Vera Wang and some cute little marble tealight holders (a bargain buy, they are just £2 from B&Q believe it or not).
Get The Look
If you want to get the look, do contact Venus Flowers who create the most stunning arrangements and provided exactly what I was looking for (yes, you can go bespoke with flowers, you only need ask) and I’m happy to recommend them! They were fabulous to work with and really friendly and communicative! For the rest of the table, check out my buying guide below.
Woven Black Placemat / DIY White & Gold Charger / Leopard Print Napkins / Calligraphy Black Cotton Napkins / Gold Bow Candlesticks / Dark Grey Linen Table Runner / Marble Tea Light Holders / Gold Napkin Rings / Gold Ice Bucket / Matt Black Dinner Plates / White & Gold Striped Side Plates / Black & Gold Stripe Side Plates / Gold Cutlery Set
I hope you liked my Autumn table setting! I think it’d also make a great alternative Thanksgiving table as well to be honest with you if you wanted to something a little different this year. I’d love to know what you thought and if you’ll be decorating your table this Autumn – what are your tips for a great looking table? The comment box awaits!
Disclaimer: I was not paid for this post but did receive the flowers and greenery free for my review. As always, all images, words and opinions are my own and I only work with brands I love and think you’ll like too! Thanks for supporting the brands that support Swoon Worthy!