Robert Welch’s stylish Malvern cutlery will turn even casual dining into an occasion
“Good food needs to be eaten with the right tools” – Alice Welch
With my job and freelance work I think about food all the time, to be honest even if when I had a non food related job I still thought about food all the time. I live to eat, and I find it very sad and not to mention strange that I have friends who do not share my passion. Even the humblest of meals can be raised to new heights with some care over the presentation, crockery and cutlery. We eat with all our senses and the look and feel of your table setting contributes to your overall enjoyment of your food.
Research backs this up, the cutlery we use affects both the experience and the taste of the food we are eating. I am sure we have all suffered with poorly designed cutlery that is uncomfortable to hold, unbalanced or a bit old, bent and bashed. With everyday objects it seems that we notice bad design more than good. Badly designed items stand out as they annoy and irritate, good design integrates seamlessly into our lives and enhances it.
This autumn Robert Welch want you to enjoy good food with the right tools, make every meal special at home, and wow your guests with good cutlery, like the Malvern set featured in this post.
Robert Welch left art college in 1955 and the company has been designing ever since, in the same building where it all began. The company is now run by Robert’s children, and the company produces homewares, jewellery, tableware as well as cutlery. All have the same modern, but fluid organic lines, are immensely tactile and are a joy to look at and use. Since the company started they have sold an astonishing 46 million items around the world.
Good design lasts a lifetime, and is affordable too, the 24 piece Malvern set here costs just £84 (a saving of £39 on the individual items) and comes with 6 table knives, table forks, soup spoons, tea spoons as well as well as a free 6 steak knives. It is made of 18/10 stainless steel, is dishwasher proof and guaranteed for 25 years.
Good cutlery can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion, casual dining for two with cheery red and white checked bistro style napkins, below, or a more festive meal with table mats, pretty napkins for a special dinner. Using a table runner sets off the table and makes even casual dining a bit more special. We always use cloth napkins, they feel so nice, and my philosophy is that you invariable spill something from time to time, and I’d rather wash and iron a napkin than a pair of trousers, skirt or sweater.
If I have a party with a buffet I like to lay my cutlery out on a pretty napkin or tea towel and accessorize with some decorations, in this case a simple rustic Christmas garland.
With beautiful cutlery it is time to show it off to your friends, so here are a few tips for an elegant, and stress free dinner party that you can enjoy, from some of my blogging friends.
- Invest in linen napkins & tablecloths, they need not be expensive, but they dress the table & make it feel stylish – Laura – How to Cook Good Food
- Invest in some very small, very short vases. I fill them with whatever is in the garden (often just rosemary sprigs) and line them up along the middle of the table. Easy, affordable and a super finishing touch to a table. Also, candles, always candles – Sarah – Taming Twins
- Spend more time planning than cooking. Prep everything you possibly can in advance. Don’t serve anything that needs last minute prep (unless it’s part of the entertainment). Think about how much cutlery you have in terms of what to serve. Don’t serve 12 people, 3 courses that all need spoons if you only have 12 spoons. Sink full of ice and water doubles as an excellent chiller for lots of white wine – Sarah again (you can tell she loves a dinner party)
- I’ve made the mistake of doing too much in the past and end up spending all my time getting stressed in the kitchen. I now stick to dishes where a lot of the prep / cooking is done in advance so I can focus on hosting – Tina – The Spicy Pear
- Make things you can prepare in advance so you can spend time with guests rather than in the kitchen. Dips with drinks, whilst dinner is cooking in the oven and a sumptuous dessert that can be made the day before and served cold or at room temperature. – Choclette – Tin and Thyme
- LISTS! Make a list of everything you need to do, ideally in the order it needs doing. Include every little thing, including ‘sprinkle parsley over fish before serving’ or whatever. I’ve found if I don’t do this, I find unused bits and bobs still in the fridge when everyone has gone home. – Helen – Family, Friends, Food
What would your top tips for a dinner party be? Have you invested in a set of beautiful cutlery?
Post sponsored by Robert Welch, who also sent me the Malvern 30 piece set. All opinions our own.
Learn more about Robert Welch, the company and history in this short video.