One of the joys of this glorious summer weather is eating outdoors. And there’s nothing quite like getting friends and family together for a BBQ, whether in the garden or on the beach. If you’re planning a gathering and are bored with the usual sausages and potato salads, we’ve got 5 delicious recipes for a winning BBQ.
Need some culinary inspiration? Tie on your apron, and get those coals fired up.
Isn’t this time of year crazy busy? There’s all the end-of-term stuff if you have children: sports days, moving on workshops, visits to colleges, exams, revision, sports team parties. If you work you can feel like you have to get everything in order before people disappear for the summer, of before you take a vacation. And if, like us, you are experiencing soaring temperatures it’s hard to get much done without wilting. Not that we’re complaining. Summer is grand and the long days mean there’s more time for being outside. It’s just that July seems frantic. So, we thought we’d look up some of the best personal organisers and diaries to help stay on top of things.
Getting organised needn’t be boring or rigid. In fact, like Mrs Miniver standing in front of a shelf of diaries, prepare to enjoy yourself. There’s something very reassuring about opening up the clean, blank pages of a diary or planner. It feels like things can be rationalised and clear, rather than just stumbling from one event to the next. As well as the inside pages, the cover and look of your organiser is important. It will be in your purse, on your kitchen table or by your side on your desk most of the time, so choose something you love to look at too. Chose carefully so that you really use it.
Whether or not you celebrate the festival of Easter there are plenty of reasons to make the next few weeks special. There’s the coming of Spring now the Equinox has passed, there’s the lengthening of the days which means more time outdoors, there’s the chance to plant seeds and see what has self-seeded in the garden over the winter months. Many of us have the urge for a Spring clean, sorting through our wardrobes and storing away winter woollies, and decluttering after a season spent mainly indoors.
Table and kitchen linens take a bit of a hammering, what with wine spills, candle wax drips, lipstick marks and food stains. If you’ve wondered about how to treat stains on your linen tablecloth, or get marks out of your napkins, here’s a handy table linens care guide.
Let’s face it – planning a dinner is great, but preparing for it takes a lot of time and effort. The most terrifying and excruciating work that needs to be done before the dinner party is to iron your tablecloths and dozens of napkins. If you are having tough time ironing, maybe you are doing it wrong. When done properly, this work actually doesn’t require a lot of your energy and the results can be quite astonishing – neat lines, no mess at all, that’s how tablecloths should look.
As we begin to welcome in the warmer seasons, prepare outdoor spaces for al fresco entertaining with 100% linen textiles from LinenMe. The exclusive collection features a stylish and affordable selection of lightweight tablecloths, napkins and runners, as well as decorative cushion covers, perfect for dressing garden tables and seating.
Quality linen napkins are an essential part of a tasteful setting of the table, whether it’s a casual weekend breakfast with spouse, a festive dinner or some stylish party for friends. Sizes and designs of linen napkins have varied greatly over the years and today we have a huge assortment of linen table napkins available.
The function of table napkins is very simple – they are meant to wipe food and drink from the mouth, and they also can be used as a protection for clothing while eating. Napkins – and especially linen napkins as they are extremely absorbent – are also used as coasters when serving a drink, or serve as a dishtowel to soak up small spills of liquids at the table.
As we all probably know well – linen fabric or weave is produced of fiber of the flax plant. Its softness, natural origins, durability and strength, as well as its antifungal and antibacterial properties are the reasons linen fabric is loved by its fans for. And of course there are various linen fabric types – distinguished from each other by the texture and weave pattern.
Damask linen fabric is a type that is woven on a jacquard loom, using a mix of plain and satin weaves. The fibers most often are flat and reversible, and therefore damask fabric has a smooth texture with a reversible pattern. To make the design and pattern stand out, damask usually comes in one color and is usually used for linen napkins, linen tablecloths, linen table runners and other home textile pieces.? A variation of damask is a Venise linen fabric. It is very finely textured and characterized by large floral patterns.??
Plain-woven linen fabric is also called a glass toweling one because of its most common use – wiping glassware. This fabric has typically a checkered or striped pattern of red or blue or both on a white background. This type of linen fabric has a loose weave that makes it more absorbent and better suited for cleaning purposes, but also less durable.? Another variation of plani-woven fabric is Holland linen that is treated with oil and starch, making it opaque and hard for the sunlight to penetrate. It is used in making window shades and lampshades? Cambric linen is also a plain woven linen fabric and probably the thinnest and finest variety of linen fabrics. This gets its name from Cambria, France, where it was first produced. Typically handkerchiefs, lingerie, etc. are made of it? Butcher’s linen is a type of strong plain weave linen which is stiff, coarse and commonly used for heavy-duty clothing such as butcher aprons.
Loosely woven linen fabrics are made this way to make them highly absorbent. They are commonly used for diapers and sanitary towels. One of the varieties of loosely woven fabrics is bird’s eye linen, which is characterized by small geometric patterns that are reminiscent of a bird’s eye. Another variety is called huckaback linen fabric and is commonly produced from a pure linen or blend of cotton and linen. It is usually woven in towel lengths. Loosely woven art linen is produced from hand-twisted yarns and is very smooth.
Sheeting linen is a heavy type and is usually used in the manufacture of sheets. It is being made wide for this purpose. Suits and dresses and other linen clothing can be also made of it.
Toweling is the name that is given for all the types of linen that are suitable to produce towels. It comes in different sizes and towels that are made can be used for a wide range of purposes.
Linen fabric is considered a luxurious one because processing it from the flax plant is a time and effort consuming procedure. And yet the end products are luxurious – usually very strong and gorgeous.
If you follow our advice and use linen tablecloths and linen napkins every day rather than saving them for special occasions, sure there is a need to wash them regulary. Although it is not a tough task, washing linen tablecloths and napkins properly requires using carefully selected detergents and following instructions that would not make any harm for the fabric.
Use following method to wash your linen tablecloths and linen napkins:
- Fill a sink or washtub with lukewarm water. Add gentle laundry soap to the water. Check the detergent’s label for the exact amount of soap to use. Add a dash of bleach to the water if your linen tablecloth or napkins are white. Agitate the water with your hands.
- Place your linen table linen into the washtub. Wash colored and white items separately. Do not try to wash wash too many items at onece.
- Wash your linens with your hands by gently rubbing and squeezing. Do this until the fabric is thoroughly clean.
- Drain the water from the washtub or sink. Remove the table linen aside and rinse all of the soap residue from the washtub.
- Fill the washtub or sink with water again and place the linens back.
- Agitate table linen items in the water to remove all of the soap. If the rinse water becomes soapy, drain the water and refill the sink with plain water, rinse items again. All the soap traces must be removed from the linen tablecloths and linen napkins.
- Hang carefully or lay the items flat to dry. They can also be dried in a dryer on low temperatures. Do not wring out the linens before drying.
Linen tablecloth and other table linen can be washed in the washing machine as well. Just be sure to use the gentle cycle and mild laundry soap. It is important to wash colored and white table linens separately.
Read also our article on how to iron table linen like a pro!
It seems everyone decorates their surroundings during Christmas. We all want our house or yard or windows are decorated with Christmas lights, we all decorate Christmas trees and mantles and place lots of candles everywhere. But what about the dining room? Are your best table linens ready? Would you like to purchase something new? Or will you match your old favorite linen tablecloth with new linen napkins?
It’s crystal clear – if you want your Christmas dinner guests feel the holiday season mood immediately upon entering the dining room, you have to prepare your dinner table thoughtfully. And your table linen are there to help you. Decorating beautifully the table for Christmas dinner is a perfect way to make the day even more festive and memorable.