Har­vest fan­tasy

Rowan berries and the Au­tumn Equinox in­spire this colour­ful gath­er­ing

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In­spi­ra­tion

Also known as the feast of Mabon, the Au­tumn Equinox is cel­e­brated on 21 Septem­ber. Tra­di­tion­ally in hon­our of the pa­gan Welsh god of the har­vest, it is a time when day and night are equally long and there­fore it is the per­fect bal­ance be­tween light­ness and dark­ness. It is a time to re­flect and say thank you for the earth’s plenty. The colours associated with Mabon are red, or­ange, green, gold and brown, so we have looked for el­e­ments to bring these colours to the table: for­aged herbs and berries and chest­nuts from the fields. Rowan berries are par­tic­u­larly suit­able for their bright or­ange colour. These berries are also associated with magic as in Vic­to­rian times the rowan tree was thought to give pro­tec­tion against evil in­flu­ences and ward off witches which partly ex­plains why the tree is also called witch­wood. The rowan berries can be later used to make purees and juices, or they can be de­hy­drated and ground into pow­der to be mixed in por­ridges or bread

doughs. Rowan berries are a good source of vi­ta­min C and carotene and have medic­i­nal ef­fects and ben­e­fits. If you are su­per­sti­tious, take com­fort from the tiny five pointed star or pen­ta­gram on each berry op­po­site its stalk (the pen­ta­gram be­ing an an­cient pro­tec­tive sym­bol). It ex­plains why, in olden times, crosses made from rowan twigs and bound with red thread were sewn into the lin­ing of coats or car­ried in pock­ets. If that’s not for you, then they also make an ex­cel­lent jelly be­cause of their high amount of pectin.

Au­tumn colours

Our Au­tumn colour pal­ette re­flects the lat­est trend of mix­ing warm and cold tones. A tra­di­tional colour associated with the Fall is or­ange, rich and warm and rem­i­nis­cent of the colours of na­ture at this time of the year. The cold colours are grey­ish blue and zinc green which tone down the warm colours and add an un­ex­pected twist.

The in­di­vid­ual pa­paya and co­conut cakes, from L’Eto, also con­tinue the colour themed table.

Ma­te­ri­als

Nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als are rem­i­nis­cent of na­ture and so we have used linen as the run­ner and nap­kins. A zinc tray adds a rus­tic touch, and gives tex­ture and a wabi sabi look, as well as metallics that add a con­tem­po­rary touch. In con­trast, the vin­tage de­sign of the plates brings out the fan­tasy of the oc­ca­sion.

Flow­ers and berries

The flam­ing or­ange of the rowan berries has been the in­spi­ra­tion for the choice of flow­ers: a bou­quet made of roses and dahlias in tones that range from bright or­ange to earthy pink, im­mersed in fo­liage. Chest­nuts, rowan berries and acorns on the table add a bit of sea­sonal de­tail.

Wabi sabi The dis­tressed zinc tray from An­thro­polo­gie adds a rus­tic touch to the set­ting.

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