Making a Meal of It
How to Lay a Table (when you’re locked down)
We’re big fans of Laura Jackson at The Hambledon so we’re riffing on her absolutely lovely Make a Meal of It idea (check out the hashtag on Instagram) in which she encourages us to take pleasure in cooking and eating and finding ways of socialising over a meal, even while we’re in varying degrees of isolation. Celebrate with the people you’re sharing a house with or get together with friends virtually over video. Laura can provide the perfect menu (she hosts supper clubs, has written cookery books and seems to know her way around the kitchen). We can help out with the perfectly laid table.
Well, there aren’t really any rules but it’s nice, in this instance, not to cut too many corners. Let’s face it, many of us now have plenty of time to look after the garden; to launder and iron table linen; to wash and dry up copious quantities of crockery; to sit down and chat and ruminate. There’s time later in the evening for that Netflix box set you’re tearing through and you should really be rationing each precious episode of Detectorists. So venture into the garden for freshly picked flowers to make a beautiful centrepiece. Proper cloth napkins (which usually only make an appearance at Christmas when relatives may be judging) add a level of grown up elegance and sophistication. Use serving crockery. A saucepan is not really an oven to table item in this new world. And use plenty of wine glasses. There’s something very glamorous, and cheering, about the prospect of so many different kinds of wine that you need four different shapes of glasses.
Pearl White stoneware from Portugal, inspired by 18th and 19th century European ceramics, is perfect for straddling the everyday and the special. We’ve paired it with the Bungalow striped table cloth which has a similar relaxed style and used the block print floral napkins (re-purposed t towels) so it’s not too match matchy. We’ve cheated a bit with the flowers (who has a garden this spectacular?) but toned down the drama by putting the flowers in Falcon’s utility enamel jugs, pitchers and pots.
By Mutti is great. It’s great for gifts. It’s great for vases. It’s great for a full table setting (just ask Lucy, who has the entire set of absolutely everything, because she is the kind of girl who always lays a table properly). We’ve paired it on a bare table with simple blue striped napkins. For your wine drinking needs, Vintage List can offer all manner of shapes. Make sure you start with a cocktail.
This is undoubtedly an incredibly weird time but how absolutely glorious the weather has been. This table celebrates the days of sunshine and relishes sparkling surfaces and joyful colour. Pearl glassware is the very simple base. Accessorise with a few softly coloured vases and glasses. We picked garden hellebores (although they’re very prone to drooping you can definitely get a meal out of them pert and jolly). Bungalow block prints to the rescue yet again with tea towels repurposed as placemats.