Easter Tea Time: Florals, Neon, Chocolate & Geometrics!

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This year in the UK, Easter Sunday falls on the day that clocks go forward, so it’s a sign that spring is truly here! To celebrate, we ditched the traditional pastel palette and opted for vibrant and zingy hues – perfect for the season where nature springs back to life.

This Tablescape makes a bold statement. I layered patterns on patterns, clashing delicate spring florals with sharp geometric prints. I mixed materials, from china and glassware to plastic egg cups and melamine plates. Of course, it wouldn’t be Easter without chocolate bunnies and decorated eggs, and it wouldn’t be a tea party without pretty china and home-baked treats, so there’s plenty of those too. Above all, however, it’s a glorious celebration of colour. In fact, when my husband walked in, he did a double-take and dead-panned ‘… I think that table needs some colour!’ Continue reading

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Brunches & Blood Oranges

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Today’s post is a sunset-hued citrus extravaganza. Blood orange season is short, so I love to make the most of it. This time it’s with a beautiful blood orange brunch.

Fresh blood oranges are sweeter than standard oranges and, of course, they have a gorgeously dappled ruby colour. Whatever you can do with an orange, you can do with their crimson cousins, but with an added dash of colour and aroma. For brunch, I made a fruit-studded yoghurt platter served alongside freshly squeezed juice. For something a little heartier, I made Blood Orange Marmalade and syrup to serve on toast or pancakes – just wait until you see the deep red colour! Continue reading

A Cozy Winter Picnic Lunch

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Ah, January. The weather is miserable and we’re all aching for warmth and comfort. Enter the Indoor Picnic Table Lunch Party to lift our spirits!

To transform your dining area into an incredibly cozy nook, all you need is… a picnic rug used as a tablecloth! Lay it on the table and, all of sudden, you’ll have visions of warm summer picnics dancing in your head. With the addition of a few steaming dishes you’ll be all set until Springtime! This is what I served up earlier this week, for a casual lunch in the office. Read on for my favourite warming recipes and simple styling tips. Continue reading

Porridge, Chia & co: An Autumnal Breakfast Party.

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Autumn has been creeping up on us for a while now, but it’s not all drizzle and gloom! It’s finally porridge weather!

The days are darker and the evenings chillier, and I’m sure I’m not the only one reaching for cozy food to counteract the cold. But why stop at a quick breakfast on a weekday morning? Why not throw a Weekend Breakfast Party, and invite friends over for a colourful, creamy, crunchy, fruity feast?  With a helping hand from cheerful tableware, it’s a sure-fire way to inject joy into these grey-skied days.

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Six Ways to Lay A Table: Playing & Styling with Paper.

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This week we raided the Roger la Borde gift wrap shelf to make some beautiful DIY tablescapes, showing that you don’t need fancy linens to make a statement!

In every shot we used the same basic crockery and glassware, and used a rustic wooden table as a backdrop – no tablecloths or runners. Instead, we used plenty of paper to create cut-out placemats, napkin rings, origami flowers and collage birds. Together with some fresh flowers and foliage (snipped from our back garden) we created six looks: Fresh Foliage, Romantic Roses, Moody Stripes, Dramatic Nature, playful geometrics, and Spring Pastels. Read on for lots of pictures and tips. Continue reading

Humpday Happiness

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This was the dreamiest, creamiest and fluffiest three-tiered pavlova! Summer is on its way (regardless of the colour of the sky!) and I’ve got berries and whipped meringue on my mind. Find a similar recipe here.

Humpday Happiness is a new weekly feature on Jenni’s Table. Think of it as a little Wednesday treat to help you through your week!

Mother’s Day Brunch: Flowers, Wellies & Paper Hats!

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Today’s blog post was inspired by…a hat! As a primary school student, my son made me a fabulous paper hat as a Mother’s Day gift. It’s blue, enormous, and covered in candy-coloured flowers. The hat is a special childhood keepsake, and a very appropriate inspiration for a Mother’s Day Brunch, don’t you think? With the hat in mind, I created a display revolving around pastels and candy colours, fresh spring flowers, and DIY decorations made from paper. Today’s post features gorgeous products from Anthropologie and Designers Guild, not to mention Hunter wellies and paper goodies from Roger la Borde. Scroll to the bottom for shopping links and ideas. Continue reading