It’s officially barbecue season!
In the Northern Hemisphere, the darker months of the year are finally behind us, and we can look forward to enjoying warm, bright evenings spent outside. Spring and summer months are the time to take advantage of relaxed entertaining and outdoor grilling. With school holidays around the corner, the annual rituals of opening cabins and cottages for the summer involves heavy lifting. Before the relaxation can begin, there are chores to be done that include docks, deck chairs, gardens and boat trailers.
Make entertaining easy this season
Consider easy food preparation and presentation with a new wooden serving board. Hand carved from Canadian hardwood and finished with food-safe beeswax & mineral oil paste these boards are versatile serving platters. These Schooner Lane Designs boards transition effortlessly from a chopping surface to an elegant serving tray.
Arrange a tempting pre-dinner snack for your guests on a wooden backdrop. All you need is a selection of cheese, cold cuts and some mixed antipasto to get the evening started.
Choose from one of several board sizes, shapes and wood types. Kathy at Schooner Lane Designs works with maple, black walnut and cherry.
Choose the long, narrow baguette style board for bread and cheese.
For a contemporary variation select this angular version.
Show your guests you love them with the heart handle board.
Bonus: These serving and chopping boards are available in a variety of sizes, and can be engraved to personalise your selection.
What about the table?
Add a touch of colour with leather napkin rings. Summer entertaining may mean there is no need for a formal table and often “come and get it” is how it rolls. Dress-up the evening with a set bright leather napkin rings. Each piece of leather is cut by hand and cross-stitched with a strong, waxed cord. These napkin rings by Iron Art are available in several leather colour options: chartreuse, blue, red, white, purple, orange, grey and pink. Sold in sets of four (4) choose your preferred colour here.
Are you looking for natural leather? The napkin rings are also available in five leather hues – explore the options here.
Long warm evenings call for a bit of romance once the sun finally sets. Chandler Jill Smith has created a group of beautiful 100% beeswax candles. Beeswax provides a long-lasting, bright light. Read about the benefits of beeswax over paraffin here.
The Simple Fern will burn for over 50 hours.
Expect the Vintage Bee to last up to 30 hours.
The smaller Key to My Heart should burn brightly for over 15 hours.
Make a house a home – the cosy touches
Alpine-themed fabric tea towels and aprons are whimsical touches for your kitchen and make for excellent hostess gifts. Anouk works with fine European linen as the base for their naturally inspired designs. Find out why they use this durable linen here.
Enjoy your BBQ season!