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You’re relaxing on a summer’s afternoon, entertaining friends and the only thing that could make it more perfect would be some stunning tableware. Whether you like romantic and traditional, elegant or stripped back, there’s lots to choose from... VINTAGE

Denby’s latest Studio Blue range brings an informal element to the stoneware firm’s tradition of hardwearing, quality products. Studio Blue combines four tonal glazes inspired by the colours and textures found in stone and minerals, range of stockists

Royal Doulton’s Pastels melamine range is perfect for outdoor dining and hardy enough for picnics with the kids. It’s stylish and durable. Set of four side plates, £18, range of stockists

Pip Studio Blushing Birds blue rectangular cake tray from the fabulous Blushing Birds collection, £22, large teapot, £48, and small milk jug, £11, Daisy Park and other stockists

Turquoise wine glass, £2.99, TK Maxx

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Wimpole Meadowgrass paper napkins, £4, National Trust

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on’t let the summer holidays rob you of family meal times. It’s easy to let older children fix their own meals and eat wherever and whenever they like but it’s a good idea to get everyone sitting down together for dinner as often as possible. Here’s why...

1. It’s the perfect way to cement family bonds, building relationships between siblings 2. Younger children who see older siblings eating a wide range of foods are less likely to be fussy eaters 3. Mind your manners – children learn important social skills at the family table that they take with them through life, from the basics of using cutlery to having a conversation 4. Support network – family meal times have been found to have a significant impact on young people’s wellbeing with studies showing they’re less likely to drink or take drugs or suffer depression 5. Home cooked family dinners tend to be more nutritious than snacks here and there 6. Families who eat together tend to be less obese as they eat less food and more slowly as the focus is on conversation 7. Dining together allows parents to

Gold cake stand with glass lid, £24.99, HomeSense

Sea Green + Coral plate, £15, and cup and saucer, £15, by Uma P Gokhale on Art Wow model how mums and dads behave. As TV’s Supernanny says: “Children need routines in their lives, they actually thrive on routines which makes them feel secure and loved. Regular meal times all together (regardless of whether you are eating a pizza or a freshly cooked roast dinner) give children the opportunity to discuss their little problems with family members; it relaxes them and encourages them to unwind from their day. They become better friends with their siblings and learn to respect others around the table. Talking to your children over dinner is the best way of gaining their trust. Another important reason to get everyone around the table for a meal is that there is less likelihood that your child will have to deal with eating disorders, like anorexia. Children learn good eating habits from their parents at a very young age. Be a role model for them – they need your input!”

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23cm 2 tier slate cake stand, £20.99, All Home at Wayfair

Royal Doulton Coffee Studio Cappuccino Cup and Saucer, White/ Multi, 365ml

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