The menu has been finalised, cocktail recipes approved, now all that’s left for your summer soirée is the perfect table setting. The pretty picnic range at Marks & Spencer is bright, cheerful and perfect for not just picnics but any outdoor entertaining – and if summer showers force the party inside, these tableware sets are sure to brighten up any dining room table.
Bring the whole animal kingdom to the party with the Sun Baked collection. Sunshine shades of burnt ochre, baked clay and pastel pink will sit perfectly in sync with the the delicious Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire Rosé 2018. Dress the table with seasonal flowers picked from the garden, foliage and add subtly scented candles when the sun goes down.
Make a splash with Marks & Spencer’s nautical collection. Linen napkins in sky blue are the perfect complement. Add to the theme by planning some pre-party beachcombing to search for large flat shells which you can use as butter and salt dishes.
Serve your dishes family style on sharing platters and larger plates. The brushstroke effect on this range will make your table setting as pretty as a picture. Use the smaller side bowls for serving a scoop of brilliantly bright gelato or sorbet for dessert. La Dolce Vita complete-a!
Whatever the weather, make your own sunshine with this tropical collection. Flamingos, pineapples and palm trees will add some fun to the party – and kids will love the playful range too. Use the pineapple jug to serve your grapefruit rosé fizz and leave sprigs of fresh rosemary and wedges of grapefruit in side bowls so that guests can serve themselves.
Check back in next Thursday when we’ll be sharing hostess tips for the ultimate summer barbecue.
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