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How to: make casual dining look cool

The insider tricks to making nibbles look like you’ve made an effort

We think hummus and some pitta chips are the perfect meal for entertaining during summer when casual will do, but the home lover in us can’t resist the urge to dress it up a bit so it feels more stylish. Keep scrolling to see how.

Laidback seating


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Snacks and nibbles don’t need a full table setting. Instead, take your soiree to the couch – or the floor. Some chic cushions are all you need. Simply arrange them around a low coffee table to create a zen dining experience. The perfect complement for some pitta and olives… and a glass of the good stuff.

Finger food


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Take finger food up a notch with some stylish serveware. Real oak serving boards, slate dip trays and eclectic print plates will make even leftovers look like gourmet nosh.

Serve yourself


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Take the stress out of running back and forth for your guests’ drinks by letting them serve themselves. Try serving up a yummy summer punch – Pimms anyone? – in our Shibori print jug. Your guests can top up whenever they fancy, which means you won’t have to stop good conversation to rush back to the kitchen. Suits us.

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