My family and I are thoroughly embracing autumn and spending as much time outdoors as possible. In my post today, we invite you to Enjoy a dinner under the stars this season. The Chimnea is burning away and the table decor screams galactic. A lovely evening treat of good food and company for my family.
We live deep in the countryside and our skies are not affected by light pollution. On a clear night, we can spend hours stargazing and chatting amongst ourselves about astronomy. Tonight is a special night and we are out here for an extremely exciting reason. The International space station is due to fly over our house at 20.18pm and we are waiting to spot the station shooting through the skies and lit up in all its glory. First, we must keep warm and fill our bellies with something stodgy and satisfying. I have used bright white fairy lights and candles to illuminate our eating area. To create a low hanging lighting effect along the length of my table, I made myself two simple poles which stand at either end. I simply cemented long bamboo canes into terracotta pots and popped a nail in the opposite end of the cane. I have used my DIY holders for lights and banners at events throughout the summer and store them in the shed when not in use.
Our bowls are from Homesense and have a deep dark blue splash effect around the rim. They are of a good size and hold a feast of steamed tagliatelle pasta ribbons. I also have a square serving dish filled with Bolognese and a tablecloth also from Homesense with a similar pattern on them too. Splashes of blue hues everywhere, highlighted by shimmers of white lights and shadows from flickering flames. Baked garlic bread is served on dark plum dishes from IKEA. Olivia drank a goblet of blackcurrant juice as she agreed on the colours added to our space theme really well.
Oversized linen napkins caught the crumbs from our laps and were laid over thick black blankets used to keep our knees warm from the evening chill. Each guest had their own blanket flung across the back of their chair and free to use when needed. The heat from the Chimnea was ample for me with an aroma of burning wood thrown in for good measure.
Dessert was adorable and laid out on glass dishes ready to be devoured as the night grew darker. I served ring doughnuts iced with blue and green sprinkles. I bought them in aid of Macmillan and knew they would intertwine with my table lay whilst donating to a great cause. We also had fruit balls of raspberry and strawberry flavoured candy. I told my family they represented the planets which led to a great conversation starter about the subject our Daughter is studying at school at present! And of course marshmallows on sticks ready to be toasted over the fire.
Pudding went down a treat.
We had time to tidy away before retreating back to the darkest part of the garden to spot the International space station. We switched off the lights and the dog joined us in search of tonight’s sighting. We saw it!!
The international space station was similar to a clear bright star and it floated way above our heads across the sky. We witnessed it for just over a minute before it disappeared behind a looming cloud.
We hope you take inspiration and prompt your family to enjoy a dinner underneath the stars this season.