Top tableware ideas for your gift list
01 Apr 2016
Discover your signature style in tableware with these ideas from Prezola
There is a lot to be said about a couple’s tableware choices. Whether entertaining is your thing or not, tableware forms an integral part of the marital home – so much so that it becomes an extension of a couple’s character, mirroring their likes and dislikes, their tastes and styles. And the options for tableware are endless, especially when there are different occasions to cater for; so how do you decide which is right for you?
Ali Beaven of online gift list provider, Prezola offers her take on what you should think about when deciding what tableware you should add to your gift list.
Let’s do brunch
If you love having a leisurely breakfast together then think about choosing bright and breezy, brunch tableware to breathe freshness into your dining room. Cornish blue ceramics with yellow accents, rustic wooden serving boards and pure white porcelain combine to create a morning worth getting out of bed for.
Ali says: “It doesn't have to take a lot of time and effort to turn breakfast and brunch into a real event. Make an everyday breakfast special with a little imagination and creativity. Celebrate special occasions with a themed pancake breakfast or create the perfect breakfast in bed for someone special. I love traditional blue and white Cornishware for a slightly nostalgic English feel. Just add fresh coffee, croissants and homemade jam of course.”
For an afternoon pick-me-up, vintage tea parties have become the ‘in’ thing, offering an opportunity for a catch up among friends while indulging in copious amounts of cake and clotted cream. What more could a girl (or guy) want?
The height of sophistication and elegance, tea parties should never stray far from English heritage and tableware plays a vital role in setting the mood. Sharp blues against a crisp white background, glimpses of willow pattern and hints of gold finishes play the perfect part.
Ali says: “There is no question that afternoon tea is en vogue. I do think The Great British Bake Off has a lot to do with our renewed love of cake. Afternoon tea isn’t an everyday activity, it is an opportunity to indulge and to take time relaxing with friends and family. I love to pick a fun tea service like this Pip Studio set and serve finger sandwiches, scones and pastries on a tiered cake stand to make a real occasion of it.”
Scandinavian (Scandi) living continues to ride high as an interior trend for 2016 and it’s perfect if you love informal dining. Contemporary, cool and casual, the theme can be transposed from your décor to your tableware – think minimalist and low-key. Earthy tones unite with wooden accessories and natural striped linens to conjure a laid-back aura that allows both you and your guests to relax in the comfort of home.
Ali says: “We do entertain quite a lot and I love a good dinner party – nothing too stressful though, so I normally keep everything quite casual with sharing plates and one pot meals. Dinner parties needn't be stuffy and formal. I love the trend for marble and wooden sharing platters, casual linen table runners and toning dinnerware like this wonderful range from Kelly Hoppen in my favourite neutral palette.”
When staying in is the new going out and you want to pull out all the stops for an evening that no-one will forget, consider your tableware carefully. Make a statement with bold white-on-white and clean grey, silver and marble elements, broken up by natural foliage displays.
Ali says: “We're a gregarious nation that loves to socialise with family and friends and this is becoming increasingly apparent with our wedding gift lists. Sometimes it’s great fun to hold a proper ‘grown up’ dinner party and bring out the best tableware, cutlery that you keep for the best and all your most gorgeous glassware. I adore this Jasper Conran for Wedgwood dinner service – you can make it classic and elegant with silver candlesticks and a champagne bucket, add bright coloured flowers for a summer party al fresco or make it festive with red and gold for Christmas lunch.”