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Crispy falling leaves, cold weather and hot drinks... there are so many things that we associate with autumn, but it's also traditionally seen as a time of harvest, a festival which has been celebrated since pagan times. Why not recapture the traditional spirit of the season by hosting your own harvest supper? Here are some fab projects to get you inspired...
Impress your guests with a beautifully decorated table at your harvest feast. To make a table runner, cut a long rectangle out of coloured felt, slightly longer than the length of your table. Next, draw or print out some leaf shapes and cut these out of complementary shades of felt – you could go for a traditional autumn colour scheme, pared-back neutrals or unexpected shades like blue. The simply stitch your leaf shapes onto the runner in your desired design and voilà – you have a stunning table runner!
While crispy fallen leaves are beautiful to look at, they're a little too delicate to craft with – fortunately, fake leaves are readily available and perfect for your crafting needs. To make a super-simple homespun garland, use a length of twine, some fake autumn leaves and some mini pegs, such as those included in the Hobby House embellishment collection. Attach the leaves to the garland using the pegs, and hang above your mantelpiece for a stylish, rustic look.
No table setting is complete without some personalised name cards, plus it's a great way to make a thoughtful seating plan. To create simple yet effective place cards, gather some brown card, a leaf stamp – such as this Blockwallah Indian leaf stamp – and metallic marker pens. Create a small tent-folded blank from the card and stamp a leaf onto it, then write each guest's name in the centre. To add an extra special touch, you could try decorating the bottom edge with a thin line of glitter.
With a simple candle and a few items from around your home, you can whip up an eye-catching table centrepiece in no time. Start with a lage pillar candle, then use a glue gun to attach cinnamon sitcks all around the outside. Then, tie a ribon around the outside and complete the centrepiece by gluing some fake leaves along the bottom. When you light the candle, it'll give off a beautiful spiced scent!
Of course, the most important part of all has to be the food! There are so many wonderful seasonal recipes out there, so we'd recommend making the most of what's in season, and cooking traditional foods with a twist. For a delicious starter or main, try making some pumpkin ravioli or squash risotto and make the most of that beautiful seasonal veg. When it comes to pudding, try an apple and blackberry crumble, pecan pie, or poached pears.