A Taste of
Those bright sunny days are becoming more frequent and we’re feeling renewed and revitalised with a surplus of energy to share with friends and family.
In this Dispatch, we’re sharing some of our favourite tips for hosting fuss-free dinner parties to say “love you” to the people you couldn’t do without.
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Little things that mean a lot...
Love notes seem like a lost tradition well worth revisiting – anonymous letters in the post, scribbled notes pinned on the fridge, handmade cards slipped into a friend’s bag after catch-ups. Keep a stack of post-it notes close-by to jot down messages for a partner or housemate, leaving them somewhere unexpected to be found later in the day. There’s nothing quite like opening your book in the evening and finding a note in familiar handwriting.
Host a fuss-free Soirée
Simplicity is key to a good dinner party. I have spent too much time researching recipes online and pouring through books packed with twenty-step recipes, requiring 30 ingredients I’ll likely never use again. Some of the best meals are those made using ingredients you already have. A few of my current favourites...
Yotam Ottolenghi ~ Chickpeas & Chard | Anna Jones ~ Miso Jersey Royals | Skye McAlpine ~ Good Luck Salad | Benjamina Ebuehi ~ Quick Flatbreads
Invite friends over for a sunny lunch, mixing and matching napkins with our rainbow cutlery for an extra layer of colour. Don’t get bogged down by creating the perfect table, simply use clippings from the garden or buy a budget-friendly bunch from the local supermarket. When it comes to adding a dose of playfulness to the tabletop, you could make your own fortune cookies with personalised messages (something I'm yet to attempt but looks fun!).
Refresh & Repurpose
As well as buying new,consider updating the items you already have. We recently added the Fado Globe Light by Ikea to our Giant Ceramic Clam Shell and it has brought a whole new personality to the piece...