We’ve just had the last long weekend in Australia until the ‘silly season’ and the craziness of pre-Christmas entertaining, so before we squeeze in all those ‘Let’s-catch-up-before-Christmas’ drinks, we kicked off the warm weather with a big family lunch at home.

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Share platters make for easy, lazy afternoon entertaining. Pick the best produce in season and complement with deli staples like cheese, smallgoods and olives. Always olives.

Our house – particularly the garden – is still mid-renovation and we are slowly getting our landscaping sorted. Given we managed to create and complete a crushed granite entertaining terrace just a few short weeks ago, we figured we’d give it a good run in.

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Simple country chic was the look we were going for, so a few bunches of flowers, from Flower Haul, split into many inexpensive glass containers centred down the table, was all the decoration needed.

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We love pieces of foliage arranged amongst flowers to give a more natural feel.

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Loose the tablecloth and let the weathered timber add some rustic charm.

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Some simple IKEA placements (made from renewable water hyacinth, no less), plain white plates, monogramed napkins from Mark & Graham and Laguiole cutlery is enough for this simple country lunch.

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 Comfy chairs – that means padded cushions and armrests – set the tone to settle back for a long, lazy lunch.

Some gatherings call for a little more formality, but a country lunch on a Sunday with family is one of those times you can go easy and let the food, setting and fine alcohol do the talking!

Nicki Dobrzynski

Interior Designer | Stylist | Content Creator. Always with a camera in my hand and learning to bake!

November 18, 2016
December 18, 2016

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