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Spring into Style: Tips for Creating a Beautiful Outdoor Dining Space with West House Pottery


It’s time to dust off the outdoor dining table and soak up the sunshine! As the days grow longer and warmer, there’s nothing quite like a delicious meal enjoyed in the fresh air.

Whether you’re hosting a small gathering or simply enjoying a meal with your loved ones, the right setting can make all the difference in taking your outdoor dining from bland to grand. With West House Pottery’s stunning collection, we’re here to share some tips on how to elevate your outdoor dining experience.


Start with a clean slate.

Before setting the table, make sure your outdoor dining area is clean and free of any debris. Sweep the area, wipe down the table and chairs, and remove any unwanted objects that might detract from the overall ambiance. A clean space not only sets the tone for an enjoyable meal, but it also ensures that your West House Pottery pieces shine.


Layer your table settings.

Layering your table settings adds dimension and visual interest to your outdoor dining experience. Start with a tablecloth or placemats, add dinner plates, salad plates, and bowls, and finish with utensils and West House Pottery accessories like the Curwen ceramic teaspoon or Solway condiment dish. Not only does layering make for a more visually appealing table, but it also makes it easier for guests to navigate their place settings.


Embrace colour and texture.

Spring and summer are all about colour and texture, so don’t be afraid to mix and match your West House Pottery pieces to create a vibrant and textured table setting. Pair the Curwen dinner plate with the Solway medium plate, or mix the Curwen olive bowl with the Solway jug. Use colourful tablecloths, napkins, and placemats to add even more depth and personality to your table.

The possibilities are endless, and the result is a stunning and unique table setting that’s sure to impress your guests.


Plan the Menu.

When planning your menu, keep in mind the outdoor setting. Choose foods that are easy to eat and won’t spoil in the heat. Salads, grilled meats, and fruit are great options for outdoor dining. Don’t forget to have plenty of ice-cold drinks on hand to keep everyone refreshed.

Check out our Moroccan couscous salad recipe, a perfect summer sharing dish for your outdoor dining. 


Add some greenery.

No outdoor dining experience is complete without a touch of nature. Add some greenery to your table with a West House Pottery flower vase, or use the Curwen plant pot to hold your favourite herbs or succulents. Not only does this add a natural element to your table setting, but it also creates a relaxing and serene environment.


Set the mood with lighting.

Outdoor dining often means dining into the evening, so setting the mood with lighting is key. Use West House Pottery candle holders or tea light holders to create a warm and inviting ambiance. Alternatively, string some fairy lights or lanterns around your dining area for a whimsical touch.


Clean Up Easily

After an enjoyable outdoor dining experience with friends, family, and loved ones, the post-meal clean-up can seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, with West House Pottery’s collection of ceramic tableware, cleaning up has never been easier.

Our tableware is designed to be both durable and easy to clean, so you can spend less time worrying about the cleanup and more time enjoying the company of your guests. Our products are dishwasher safe, making it a breeze to clean up after your outdoor meal, and allowing you to relax and enjoy your beautiful surroundings.


With these tips and your West House Pottery pieces, you can create a stunning outdoor dining experience that your guests will remember for years to come. Check out our website to shop our collection and add some new pieces to your outdoor dining arsenal.

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