I am really looking forward to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Of course, there’s the historic milestone of 70-years-service from a British Monarch to celebrate. There’s also the extended bank holiday weekend and a golden opportunity for a right royal knees-up!
Whether you’re one of the thousands organising a street party, or having a more private event, a lavish lunch is sure to be central to celebrations with family, friends and neighbours.
I will be celebrating and making a special effort with our table, whilst aiming to be as sustainable as possible - so no red, white or blue disposable partyware in paper or plastic.
Instead, I will opt for linen in soft vintage tones which I will use on repeat throughout the year. Good quality linen, such as this linen table runner and these blush pink napkins, gives lasting service and lifts your lunch from outdoor picnic to al fresco feast. A luxury tablecloth adds a sense of occasion and doesn’t tear or flap in the wind. Or disintegrate in the rain!
Bricketta Davda artisan ceramics bestow a banquet feel and eating from an artisan plate is more pleasurable and much easier than wrestling with a flimsy paper one! This deliciously deep bowl will hold plenty of Platinum pudding – perfect if you are recreating Jemma Melvin's Lemon Swiss Roll and Amaretti Trifle!
Add to the feeling of festivity with raffia placemats and coasters to mark each setting; a calligraphy place card is a special finishing touch. Pretty faceted glasses work flexibly for as water glasses, vases for flowers or scented tealight candle holders; brass trays and bowls bring a luxurious touch and double as holders for candles or snacks.
Heaps of late spring flowers in recycled glass bud vases offer a natural and sustainable way to decorate and celebrate the best of British blooms.
Forgo plastic glow sticks and opt for pure beeswax candles which bring height to the table and add flattering light as the celebrations continue into night.
Finally, fingers crossed for the weather to be kind (and not the type we typically get on a British bank holiday!)