It's the height of summer in Melbourne and my thoughts are floating around cosy picnics and relaxed outdoor entertaining amongst colourful summery fabrics and cushions. Here's a collection of visual inspiration from around the web:
One: An innovative DIY outdoor lounge idea from Living Etc. Magazine
Two: Cath Kidston floral fabric tent. Don't know if this is still available but it's such a gorgeous concept! (via Brigadeiro de Colher)
Three: Go "Glamping" with a Laura Ashley fabric tent. (via Brigadeiro de Colher)
Four: LOVE the relaxing, neutral tones in this outdoor setting. Would be great to set this up in the middle of a forest somewhere. Source unknown. (via Brigadeiro de Colher)
Five: Cutesy outdoor caravan dining setting. Fabrics from No Chintz.
Six: Love this outdoor bed! Photo by Annika Vannerus
We have another giveaway! This time, two lucky readers will win an Eco Hostess Kit from Cat Seto.
Cat designs beautiful stationery including a custom wedding line and
each of her pieces are first hand illustrated or watercoloured. You may
have seen her products before in Kate's Paperie or Bloomingdales. Cat
has been kind enough to offer Eat Drink Chic readers the chance to win
this cute pack filled with her eco-chic designs to add some style to
your parties and events. Perfect for the holidays! Continue for more
One of my favourite blogs of all time is A Field Journal. I'm sure many of you have seen it before and are well aware of just how truly inspiring it is! Through her breathtaking photo-styling and the most adorable creative projects, Livy conjures up a perfect little world in which to get lost.
Last week was 'Apple Week' where Livy provided some tempting autumn-inspired apple recipes accompanied, of course, by her signature gorgeous imagery.
Feast your eyes on these: Apple Cider, Candied Apples, Caramel Apples and Apple Crisp. Yum. Yum. Yum.
I think I've just found my new favourite beverage! I am totally smitten with this Elderflower Pressé by Belvoir Fruit Farms. It really has quite an unusual flavour and is bubbly and refreshing- perfect for a sunny summer afternoon. I don't even know what an Elderflower is, but I thank god for it.
And yes, the packaging is heavenly and quite possibly a contributing factor to my reverence for this product. I am now really keen to try the other flavours in the series. Melbournites- you can find these at The Essential Ingredient in Prahran Market.
Very cute table design with recipes and free printables including these little flags in a multitude of pretty patterns from Morning by Foley.
Stunning in their simplicity and natural aesthetic, wooden
tableware has become a recent fascination of mine, especially pieces of
the miniature variety! They add such a beautiful touch to a table
design- great for parties and entertaining! Continue for more info on
my own personal collection as well as items on the wishlist!
It was just before Christmas last year and my mother and I were in a
car headed towards Armadale when we discovered a little shop packed to
the brim with brightly coloured packages in a variety of beautiful and
exotic patterns. We were intrigued! Continue for more details and pics.
Was flicking through old editions of Inside Out magazine, garnering inspiration for some future projects when I happened upon this gorgeous table design by stylist Jenny Louey in their Xmas 07 edition. I love the surprising juxtaposition of cherries with Haigh's chocolate frogs- I think it strikes a lovely balance between sophistication and whimsy. I also love the rich colour scheme with deep reds and browns and the inclusion of easily sourced, everyday food items like Petit écolier biscuits and Lamingtons within such a stylish and elegant context. Gorgeous! Is it too early to be pondering Christmas?
Ok, I am totally smitten with these Ceramic Cheese Markers by Rae Dunn- definitely one for the wishlist. Available at Rain Collection. What an awesome entertaining idea! They add a stylish finishing touch to any cheese platter.
Growing up in a family that originally hailed from Singapore I was
extremely blessed to be exposed to the wonders of Rose Syrup. I love this stuff!
Rose Syrup apparently originated in Singapore and as far as I'm
concerned, Singapore's T.G Kiat and Co. is the best brand to get!
Established in 1935, the company have obviously tried to retain an air
of tradition in their branding with their awesome vintage label.
I have yet to find a syrup that compares and we've only found one asian
grocery store in Melbourne that stocks it. If you've never tried the
stuff, I urge you to hunt it down. I think it's the perfect summer
drink, a unique idea for entertaining and definitely the perfect afternoon pick me up!(In fact, I"m having a glass right now!)
I recently found Mymouné Rose Syrup online from Simon Johnson (above)- It's a Lebanese brand. I've never tried it before but I'm intensely curious to see how it compares. It also has a pretty cool label! If anyone has tried it please let me know if it's any good.
Happy friday afternoon!
Wouldn't these bonbonera chocolates from xocoa make an elegant offering for guests when they drop by, be a great little gift, or be beautiful as part of a dessert buffet for your party?
I saw this on At Home with Kim Vallee and I simply had to link it myself! Ninutik's unique presentation of maple sugar make such stylish ideas for entertaining and for gifts.
Ninutik products are designed by Dianne Croteau and Richard Brault, the founding partners of Studio Innova.
The lollipops are my personal favourite :)
Send your Tea by Postcard!
These teas from London company "Postcard Teas" make an excellent gift idea.
Just hop onto their site, choose your tea, then fill out the virtual postcard and they will print it out and post your tea anywhere around the world.