Pretty in pink
Made in Stoke-on-Trent British-made Branksome China is a two-tone porcelain that is back in vogue – having first found favour with Queen Mary in the 1940s. The vogue for all things pink has moved from walls, sofas and bed linen to the table where its Blossom Pink dinner set will make anything you serve look good.
You can buy a whole dinner service in this shade; round dinner plates cost about ¤22; dessert plates about ¤19.50; an oval dinner plate that doubles as a serving platter costs about ¤49, or you can introduce contrast; the covered serving dish has a white base and a coloured top and can be pre-ordered. It costs about ¤72 or you could mix and match the service – the handled soup bowl, pictured in Arctic Blue costs about ¤21. (branksomechina.com) A little linen helps turn a simple repast into a memorable supper. Next Direct sells cotton/linen mix tablecloths in three sizes; medium, ¤39; large, ¤46 and extra-large, ¤53 as well as sets of four easy-to-launder napkins in the same mix for ¤15.50. Add simple platinum-banded dinnerware, ¤56 for a 12-piece set, some ribbed red wine glasses that feel good to hold, ¤26 for a set of four and a Country Luxe candle and serve.