How to decorate for a medieval feast

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When decorating for a medieval feast, you will want to create an authentic atmosphere and ambience. Serve a medieval feast for a holiday, special event, re-enactment, or a period wedding reception. Fill the room and dining table with rich colours and dramatic prints and decorate the walls with medieval lighting and decor. You and your friends and family will enjoy delicious medieval-style foods, interacting and relaxing in the setting you create.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Medieval print fabrics (optional)
  • Tapestries
  • Dowel curtain rod
  • Medieval banners (optional)
  • Sconces
  • Candles
  • Tablecloth
  • Vase
  • Flowers
  • Pewter chargers
  • Pewter or wood dishes
  • Pewter or wood cutlery
  • Cloth napkins
  • Table candle holders

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    Decorating the Room

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    Remove all electronics and modern furnishings from the room where you serve the feast. Use damask or brocade, medieval-printed fabric to cover any items that you cannot move. Look for prints with large, oversized floral, fleur de lis, and cross prints.

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    Hang tapestries on the walls in the room. You can purchase replicas of medieval tapestry designs and medieval scenes on the Internet. Alternatively, purchase tapestry fabric with a medieval print from a fabric store and hang it over a dowel or curtain rod that is attached to the wall. Medieval banners with heraldic symbols are also available for purchase online.

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    Hang sconces on the walls in the room to add ambience and contribute to the medieval feel. Use as many candle holders on walls or other surfaces as you can, especially when surface space is limited for placing candles. Use candelabras that hold several candles, or use several single candle holders. Gold, silver or wrought iron candle holders are the most true to the period.

    Decorating the Table

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    Place a tablecloth over the dining table. The tablecloths should be large enough to hang almost to the floor on all sides, so buy the sizes you need according to the size of your table. Use damask or brocade cloths in medieval prints and dark burgundy, navy, red, purple or gold colours.

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    Place vases of fresh flowers in the centre of the table. For a small table, seating four to six, place one vase in the middle. For a larger table, place two vases on the table. Use pewter or ceramic vases with an ornate style. Create an arrangement using large, dramatic flowers such as lily's and roses, in deep, jewel-tone colours.

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    Set the feast table before guests arrive. Some ideas include using pewter chargers, plates, goblets and serving pitchers. Use pewter or wood cutlery and ornate and decorative serving trays for the meats and vegetables. Fold the cloth napkins in a triangle and place them on top of each plate.

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    Place candlesticks in the centre of the table for additional lighting. Use unscented taper candles in jewel-tone colours. For a large table, place one or two candelabras in the centre and ends of the table to provide a lot of extra lighting.

Tips and warnings

  • As an alternative to using medieval printed fabrics as coverings, use damask or brocade table clothes with medieval prints.
  • Serve food on dishes made from pewter, wood or ceramic.
  • Other optional wall decor includes swords, shields, ornamental crosses or dragon plaques.
  • Use caution with lit candles around small children.

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