Guys, something funny has happened.
And I think it nestles somewhere between getting really into bird-watching and asking the generation below me how to do things on the computer.
I REALLY, REALLY LIKE STYLING UP A DINING TABLE.
There, I said it.
Like, the joy from having a pretty table brings me more joy than a pretty outfit. I take 674657 photos of it from different angles like a proud parent bringing home her first born.
And, last week, Sainsbury’s Home very kindly offered to sponsor me to hold a blogger’s garden party.
Which meant, PRETTY DINING TABLE.
It was lovely because a) I’ve been a long-time fan of their homeware and they’ve got some mega buys available this summer including a copper cutlery set (!!!) and some v chic Moroccan-inspired plates, and b) because it gave me an actual excuse to get together a few of my fave internet ladies.
Like, an actual excuse, and one that I couldn’t back out of because I needed a nap.
I chose some pieces from the Moroccan Luxe range for the shindig, which incorporates lots of lovely soft grey colours mixed with gold metallic detailing.
And, aside from the super dreamy tableware in the range (which is made with trend-led melamine with makes it extra hard-wearing and durable, so perfect for both outdoor and indoor-use), there’s also bedding and lots of lovely little home accessories like lamp shades, candles and trinket boxes – as well as four exclusive fragrances, designed to set the scene on a lazy summer’s day.
Anyway, aside from crisps and guacamole and houmous and olives, I whipped up a couple of fancier dishes too.
(Turns out serving chicken dippers and potato smilies doesn’t fit in with them theme of trying to pretend you’re fancy…).
So yeah, here’s three things I made that look cute but I reckon even my cat could make…
I had a lot of Insta DMs about this bad boy, and the truth is that it literally had five ingredients and took approximately 30 seconds to make. So there’s that.
But it looks colourful and fun and tastes pretty bangin’ too.
All you do it pour a bag of rocket into a serving bowl and top with torn mozzarella, torn proscuitto and slices of peach (you can grill these or cook them in a griddle pan to soften them if you so wish). And then you finish it off with a drizzle of my good friend and soul mate, balsamic glaze.
Served in Sainsbury’s Moroccan Luxe serving bowl, £8
Because it was a Wednesday afternoon and y’know, I’m growing a human, I decided to go alcohol-free and serve some sexy mocktails.
I looked at loads of recipes online and then decided it was best to save time and just, well, cheat.
What you see here are just fancy sparkling soft drinks (I *think* this one’s a raspberry lemonade), topped with blueberries and a sprig of rosemary to make them look way more impressive than they actually are.
Served in Sainsbury’s gold-rimmed wine glasses, £5 each
This is actually my go-to lunch at the moment, but I thought it was good enough to serve in little bowls and hope/pray everyone else liked it too.
(We had some leftover because LOL, made too much and Chris devoured it for dinner, soooo…).
I bought one of those trays of roasted veg, and then once it was cooked, combined it with cous cous (made with boiling water and a vegetable stock cube), and then topped with crumbled feta. It also tastes divine with a spoon of pesto stirred in.
Served in Sainsbury’s Moroccan Luxe cereal bowls, £3.50 each
Other products featured in the images…
Embroidered grey cushion – £12 | Mirror vase – £12 | Table lantern – £8 | Large metal lantern – £22 | Jars – I recycled my own | Copper cutlery – £30 | Gold serving spoons – £6 | Moroccan Luxe dinner plates – £4 | Moroccan Luxe side plates – £3.50 | Moroccan Luxe cereal bwols – Moroccan Luxe crudite platter – £12 | Moroccan Luxe large serving bowl – £8 | Neutral throw – £14 | Metal nibble bowl – £3.50 | Metal serving tray – £12 | Wine glasses – £5 each
Some pieces available online now, but everything else available in selected stores.
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