I think it's great when you can make a birthday extra special with a few little personal touches that mean something to the birthday boy or girl. And with this in mind I've created these mini guides for the month.
Here are my October inspirations:
- the birthstone for the month is opal which is linked with hope and innocence
- the flower for the month is the marigold. Also in season are calla lilies, freesia and lily of the valley
- October is named after the number 8 in Latin
- autumn is in full swing with beautiful gold, orange and red colours
- spooky celebrations are creeping in ready for Halloween at the end of the month
- seasonal foods - figs, celeriac, mushrooms, apples, beetroot, globe artichokes, pheasant, lamb, oysters
Birthday Gift Ideas1. Marigold Necklace £18 at Etsy.com by Because of Annie A real flower set in resin
2. Orange Opal Earrings £6 at Folksy.com by Beadish Delight
3. Set of 8 1920s Dessert Plates £51.28 at Etsy.com by Yonks
4. Autumn Leaves Cushion £44 at WowThankYou.co.uk Free Spirit Designs
5. Fig Scented Candle £10 at Folksy.com by Simply Pretty Beautiful
6. Apple Tree and Bird Birthday Card Set £6 at Etsy.com by Pink Flamingo Handcrafting
Autumn Party DecorationsIf you're decorating a party or dinner table for an October birthday the beautiful colours of autumn make a great palette to work with.
|A beautiful autumnal table at French Country Cottage|
For me autumnal food really comes into its own in October with lots of comforting and delicious food. In season this month (based on UK seasons) are figs, kale, cabbages, beetroot, celeriac, grey mullet, oysters, apples. lamb and mushrooms amongst others.
For my virtual October birthday dinner I'd make a creamy mushroom soup as a starter, grilled lamb with celeriac mash and cabbage for the main course and finish with a delicious apple crumble. (I might make this anyway - why wait until a birthday for an excuse?) My recipe for plum crumble can be found here and it's easy to adapt it to make an apple crumble. Just cut the apples into cubes and put them in a saucepan with sugar to taste and a spoonful of water. Cook for a few minutes until soft then use this as the base instead of the plums.
So, there are some ideas to make an October birthday celebration even more thoughtful and special; after all they do say it's the thought that counts!