We’ve been back from Centerparcs for all of three days and already I’m willing the Summer holidays to be here – I want the lazy days where me and the boys can just be at home, in the garden, in the [let’s all cross our fingers right now] sunshine. As our Easter celebrations this year were pretty much non existent thanks to the lurgy that the boys caught from their cousin, we’re looking forward to May Day first though, and a special meal in the garden as I recently got very excited about Amara’s new range of ocean themed tableware. Despite my lack of cupboard storage space in our home, I just love buying new plates, cups, teapots [I might have a bit of an addiction to pretty teapots – this year my new one is a white rabbit] themed for the season. Last year I found the perfect starfish bowl for our table in a magazine, and it was instantly sold out from every store and online. This year Amara were very kind and sent me the most beautiful bowls and platters for Spring Dining Inspiration [and Summer] under the sea themed dining outdoors. As I’m still saving them ready for May Day, here’s a little look at some of my favourite items for alfresco dining down here on the South Coast.
1. Triton Salad Bowl
It’s so beautiful and pearly on the inside, like a huge shell, and stands on four little feet. It’s very heavyweight too, and so there’s no fear of your little people passing it around and dropping it.
2. Crab Serving Dish
If I told you how much this cost, you would cry. But it’s absolutely gorgeous and if my ship comes in, that little crab will be on my kitchen wish list.
3. Pearl White Wine Glasses
Although I’m not a wine drinker, the rest of my family are and these are beautiful. The pearl sheen compliments the rest of the shell collection beautifully.
4. Triton Starfish Serving Bowl
Now this is my favourite. I love pieces which are so unique and which have such a high level of attention to detail. It’s so textured, heavyweight and just draws everyone over.
5. Cutipol Mezza Cutlery
Having three boys means that I also have a backyard full with cutlery that they have squirreled away from the cutlery drawer to use in their excavating efforts. One day I’ll have a beautiful set and hide is somewhere very secure. Haha. This set is just exqusite though, and perfect for Under the Sea themes as it reminds me of coral for some reason – the reefs and structures beneath the waves.
6. Triton Mussel Serving Platter
This is my absolute favourite and I’m saving it for a special meal with the boys as soon as the sunshine decides to appear this year. Even though I’m no fan of mussels thanks to so many childhood urban legends about not so fresh ones which quite frankly scarred me for life [I did eat them at River Cottage though, and they were delicious there, but only because I trust the chefs].
7. Octopus Snack Bowl
These are amazing. If I had more cupboard space I would have two or three. They’re so brilliant for adding a little height to the table and such talking pieces too! The boys, of course, love them.
8. Triton Anemone Bowl
These are so tactile that if you’re on the sofa eating from one [as my children so often are], you find yourself absentmindedly stroking the outside of them, haha! They’re perfect for little people and soup or cereals too as the lips of the bowls are curved inwards, and we love that. Less spills = happy mommy.
9. Lexington Table Runner.
I’m a table runner kind of girl. I have far more table runners than I should have – but this neutral stripes one by Lexington is gorgeous. We used it at Easter also. They make amazing linens – my crab and lobster tablecloth is so unique.
10. Lobster Fork
I included this because when we were in Disney World and we ate at Fulton’s Crab House, I actually had lobster [and then wished I had ordered the crab claws when I tasted Gav’s] and I had no idea how to eat it until one of these came along with our server. These ones are so sweet with little lobsters on them – and we all know how I feel about anything with a lobster on it!
I’m looking forward to setting my first outdoor table of the year – does your family enjoy outdoor dining; do you have the weather for it all year round unlike us here in Hampshire?