Summer Dining in Style!

Bringing sunshine to the table for the Great British Summer.

June might have mostly been a wash-out, but now that the sun is rearing its radiant face once more we can’t wait to get back to the great outdoors, dine alfresco, and entertain friends and family.

If chowing down on some Mediterranean favourites – washed down with a glass or two of some quality vino – is your idea of a good time this summer, let us help you get prepared so that all you need to worry about is the cooking itself.

First stop, drinks. Summer doesn’t seem quite the right time for formal affairs, instead imbuing us with a feeling of casualness. Let this permeate your choice of glassware, and opt for more rustic options when it comes to wine glasses, tumblers and carafes. Our range of Uma recycled glassware from Nkuku is awash with characterful imperfections as a result of being handmade, and it boasts eco-friendly credentials so you don’t need to feel guilty about updating your collection. The carafe and tumbler are dressed with handwoven, natural cane, accentuating the holiday look. With its shorter stem, the wine glass also blends into a rustic scene – keeping your favourite drink on a raised pedestal without all of the pomp and pretence of more formal glassware.

Enjoying a real renaissance at the moment is terrazzo. Confined to floors and kitchen worktops no more, the tough, composite material is finding its way into homes in all sorts of ways. Our set of four terrazzo coasters provide a sturdy platform on which your drinks can sit.

Gone are the days of dishing up in the kitchen while everyone waits impatiently at the dining table to be fed. We’re living in the self-serve age, so you’ll want some spacious vessels for guests to grab salads, dips and other foody goods from. Try the dip glazed ombre pink pasta bowl and pair it with some recycled glass bistro bowls to keep your green credentials running throughout the table setup.

A sure way to up your hosting game is to go for some show-stopper serving spoons. Our sleek but relaxed walnut servers from Grace Souky are just that. Combining machine and handmade techniques, their modern design is just what you need to take your food from looking like a shop-bought picnic to an Ottolenghi feast. Plus, providing larger spoons keeps the line moving quickly, allowing hungry guests to pile up the grub in one large scoop.

Finally, a summery food fiesta wouldn’t be complete without a splash of colour. Nothing makes us think of summer more than yellow – we’re thinking of the bright sunshine, blooming flowers, or refreshing citrus fruits. Sprinkle some fun onto your table with our tropical lemon salt & pepper shakers – kitsch as anything, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

If you’re lucky enough to be jetting off on a summer break, we salute you. To those staying put this year, we hope we’ve given a little helping hand to enjoy the Great British Summer – rain or shine!

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