24894_1All this sunshine is making us a little giddy and has had me rushing outside to sit at every opportunity.  Only to rush right back in again for a warm jacket and scarf, as the air temperature is still brisk, to say the least.

It’s never too early to get picnic and alfresco eating ready, though.  So despite the somewhat misleading brightness of the sun I’ve been spurred on to get all our outdoors paraphenalia into order.

And just look what I’ve found.  This lightweight, colourful outdoor tableware with a retro vibe is practical as well as colourful.

24893 Lifestyle_1An eco-friendly alternative to plastic outdoor tableware, it’s made from a composite of bamboo, corn-starch and other natural fibres.

Which means that it’s suitable for hot and cold foods and liquids, reusable and dishwasher safe (on a cool setting only on the top rack).

And then when it’s got to the end of its life it’s fully compostable, so you can put it into the garden waste recycling or the compost heap.


There are two sizes of plate; large, medium and small bowls; a tumbler; and a handy travel cup.

I came across it in a little gift shop in Devon over the Easter holidays.  And was smitten by the bright colours, simple pattern, and the silky, semi-matte finish.  It’s also incredibly lightweight.

I think it’s the kind of colourful outdoor tableware that will appeal to grown ups and children alike, and make summer eating fun and memorable.

I’ve managed to track it down online, and you can get it from Rex London.  (There are also more items with the same pattern – Vintage Ivy – including mugs, lunch boxes and bags, and flasks).

Now to hunt out all those outdoor blankets until the mercury starts to rise….

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