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National BBQ week soon, BBQ in style this Summer with fabulous homeware from Driftwood Designs

With National BBQ week starting on 3rd June, now is the time to treat your BBQ guests to fun and great looking style this summer with some of gorgeous BBQ-suitable homewares from Driftwood Designs.

Whether you are out scrubbing the BBQ at the first hint of a break in the clouds or are more likely to be firing up the grill when the weather is scorching, there’s nothing like cooking and dining al fresco, surrounded by friends and family.

Traditionalists, experimental chefs, and all hosts in between like to think their BBQ will be remembered at least until the weather starts cooling and the garden furniture goes back in the shed.

So, why not make your BBQ / kitchen equipment an element of what sets your event apart this summer, with affordable but stunning accessories from Driftwood Designs? The range was born from artist Lizzie Spikes’ passion for creating colourful illustrations that can be translated to homewares, stationery, prints and more. This means her art can be incorporated into everyday life in the form of practical, and attractive objects.

The Driftwood range includes designs that are replicated across all or some of their product series. From colourful hearts to cheerful daffodils, from landscapes of woodlands to beaches, from summer meadows to autumn mushrooms, glittering fish to woolly sheep, and lots more besides, there are designs that will suit any mood or colour scheme – and all inspired by Lizzie’s love Wales and creating a beautiful environment to live in.

Here are some ideas for you:

Aprons

Check out the apron in the Hearty range. The design is bold, vibrant, and striking, with a simple heart image repeated across the products in different colours and designs and with varying backgrounds, rather like an old-fashioned quilt.

The Hearty apron is far from outdated, though. Full length, with an adjustable neck loop, it is also machine washable so is ultimately practical as well as looking fabulous, as with all the apron designs. Being unisex, you and your partner can have one each, regardless of who is cooking, prepping, entertaining or enjoying the Pimms!

If you are a lover of fish, the distinctly different Mackerel range features another stunning repeated design which is sure to draw the eye to your apron.

Or, if your ideal BQ spot is the beach, then why not bring the beach to you with an apron featuring the seafront of Aberystwyth, complete with a beautiful rainbow in the background?

RRP: £19.00

https://driftwooddesigns.co.uk/product-category/all-homewares/kitchen/aprons/

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Oven Gloves

If you like everything to match, then your oven glove choice is easy. But if prefer to mix things up, like a lime with chilli marinade, there is plenty more to choose from.

Welcoming Welsh seafronts feature on some of the oven gloves, including the cheerfully coloured houses and boats at the harbours of both Tenby and Aberaeron. For something more dramatic, there is the stunning Sunset and Starlings design, with moody blues, purples and oranges creating a striking design.

For the countryside lover, pick up a pair of the Woodland gloves, which depict all four seasons in the woods, across four blending panels. Featuring rich colours and beautiful British animals including badgers, foxes, squirrels and deer, this really is like using a work of art to handle your hot dishes.

RRP: £25.00

https://driftwooddesigns.co.uk/product-category/all-homewares/kitchen/oven-gloves/

Chopping Boards

For kitchen preparation and your outside cooking area, a chopping board is a must. But it doesn’t have to be a basic essential. Why not compliment your summer fayre with the summer landscape of the June chopping board, for example, featuring a foreground of summer fauna in front of a small river, with some idyllic cottages set against rolling hills and a beautiful blue summer sky.

If you are a veggie chef and / or have vegetarian or vegan guests, we all know the humble mushroom cannot be overappreciated, but do you know your chanterelle from your parasol? The Mushrooms chopping board features an infographic of numerous mushrooms, toadstools and fungi with labelled illustrations. There are also boards with seashells, daffodils, harebells, chickens, countryside and beach views, tractors and stirring Welsh song lyrics, to name but a few.

The chopping boards are not only attractive, like the aprons and oven gloves, they are designed to be practical. Made from sustainable Eucalyptus hardboard, they are scratch, stain and heat resistant (to 145°C).

RRP: Small £12.00 / large £24.00

https://driftwooddesigns.co.uk/product-category/all-homewares/kitchen/chopping-boards/

Get the drinks in

If you have opted for an all-matching range of accessories, no doubt your guests will already be impressed, but imagine if you also have matching bottle openers and coasters for when they settle down with a cold beer or soft drink? These items are also available in many of the colourful Driftwood designs, with new products regularly added.

If you choose not to match, you can still coordinate by choosing complementary designs from wide variety on offer. How about coasters featuring hares or songbirds, or an autumn woodland scene or summer at Aberaeron harbour for example? Or a bottle opener covered in pictures of tractors in all models and colours imaginable, or one that shows the paths up Cader Idris (Snowdonia)?

RRP: Bottle openers £8.00 / coasters £4.50

https://driftwooddesigns.co.uk/product-category/all-homewares/kitchen/bottle-openers/

https://driftwooddesigns.co.uk/product-category/all-homewares/living/coasters/

Tea Towels

Of course, the downside of entertaining is the clearing up afterwards. But even the washing up can be cheered up with fun tea towel designs. Choose from owls, British trees or wildflowers, or even shipping forecast areas. Or why not more beautiful Welsh landmarks? You don’t need to live in Wales to enjoy the landscape of Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) or Ceredigion, after all.

RRP: £12.50

https://driftwooddesigns.co.uk/product-category/all-homewares/kitchen/tea-towels/

So, with all these delighted designs to choose from, your BBQ is sure to be the talk of the neighbourhood this summer – even if your culinary delights end up a little charred!

For the full Driftwood Designs range go to: https://driftwooddesigns.co.uk/

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