[unpaid/affiliate] I’m going to start by saying forgive the photography – my suggestions are from TK Maxx where I get my platters from – if you can try to see past the greyness! So, outdoor dining – pick up any interiors or home magazine and you’ll hang your head in shame for not having a pristine linen table cloth on a table for twenty, scattered with variegated leaves and artfully rag-tag jam jars of wild flowers all sitting below a festoon of solar lights. In the real world here, we just drag the pizza boxes to the uncovered table and pray it doesn’t rain. But, one way to elevate your eating outside game is to invest in a couple of platters and pile them with help-yourself food.

Above is a great example of the perfect, clean, large (45 x 30 cm) platter that looks so impressive with beautiful sharing food on top – whether you make a tricolour salad on one and serve cold meats on another or you pile them high with meringues dripping cream and topped with strawberries, they’re just going to look great. This is £14.99 HERE which I think is an absolute bargain and worth getting two or three for a complete serve-yourself table which is much more sociable than individual servings.

One of my favourite things that Mr BBB makes is what we call ‘lemony spaghetti’ HERE by Skye McAlpine (we bought the book but never cooked another thing from it..) and this lemon platter above (40 x 31 cm) is perfect for that with a couple of bowls of salad (and French bread – we’re not saints). This is £19.99 HERE. I use my platters all year round – they just look so generous and I have some outsize bowls as well for pasta or salads. You’ll find a much better selection in store I imagine – particularly the stuff that comes from Portugal (which these do) – but they’re a pain to carry home because they’re weighty.

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