18th May 2016
It’s not just about food when it comes to Summer dining. Make your table look extra-special with our Artisan sharing plates, beautiful glassware and gorgeous table linen.
Celebrate the arrival of long-awaited, beautiful sunny days and long balmy evenings by moving your dinner parties outside. When it comes to alfresco entertaining, good company, delicious food and a great table will make everyone happy as the Summer feast is served. Create an idyllic setting with our six simple hosting ideas, so that whatever your space, you can enjoy Summer dining at its best.
Step 2: Choose crowd-pleasing platters
Our Artisan Stoneware collection is perfect for every course from starter to dessert. To create a relaxed, communal dining experience, lay stacks of our Artisan Stoneware Dinner Plates, Side Plates and Bowls down the table so that guests can help themselves.
TIP: Catering for guests with different dietary requirements? Try serving a selection of suitable nibbles on our woodenServing Boards for a simplistic approach to pleasing all.
Step 3: Decant your condiments and dips
Don’t let unwelcome wasps gatecrash your garden party. Our sleek Glass Compote Pots, made from chunky lime-soda glass, not only look stylish, they also help to keep your delicious condiments lovely and fresh.
TIP: We think these versatile pots are also the perfect accessory for a luxurious at-home afternoon tea – just fill with jam and cream.
Step 4: Serve ice-cold pitchers
Who doesn’t love a glass of refreshing homemade lemonade under the heat of the baking sun? For a classic with a twist, serve delicious pink lemonade to guests upon arrival, and leave pitchers of our beautiful Plastic Jugs out so guests can replenish their glass throughout the day. What’s more, our premium Plastic Wine Glasses and Tumblers are a practical yet beautiful addition to your alfresco dinner table.
TIP: Pop your glasses in the freezer for 15 minutes before guests arrive so they can enjoy an extra-cold refreshment.
Step 5: Enjoy a cheese course
For savoury sunshine flavour that’s just perfect for sharing, serve a delicious course of cheese and wine. Our Handwoven Cloche and Tray keeps your cheese board perfectly cool, and is a sophisticated addition to your table.
TIP: Remove your cheese from the fridge an hour before serving, as the cold temperature can mute the flavours.
Step 6: Create a relaxing post-dinner zone
Let guests bask in the sun in comfort and style by placing our pure-cotton Henley Scatter Cushions or Chambray Seat Padson the grass. Simply Pair with a beautiful throw or our Henley Outdoor Mattress and let the drinks continue to flow.
TIP: Place little bowls of strawberries among the setting for guests to pop in their drinks.
Looking for more ways to transform your outdoor space into a beautiful haven? We have plenty of inspirational ideas here.