Recently a few friends and I enjoyed fun, food and frolics by the sea at the Sidmouth Folk Festival. The weather was glorious (before it took a grey turn for the worst the following afternoon, in typical British summertime fashion) so we enjoyed our first evening by the coast sat in the garden with bubbles, sangria, and one helluva fabulous feast!


It’s Bank Holiday here in the UK right now, the perfect time to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner alfresco with friends and family before the delightful summer evenings are over until next year – although August has felt like a premature Autumn.




HomeSense truly spoil you for choice when it comes to crockery and picnic pieces, so you can imagine how much fun I had picking out these colourful printed plates and bowls* for our girly evening in, or should I say out. Our table boasted a meat platter, a cheese board, roasted veggies, freshly baked sourdough bread, salad, chips and dip, olives – the list goes on…

The pitcher and matching Mason drinking jars with candy striped straws* were my favourite centre piece – an absolute bargain at £7.99 – which we filled to the brim with The Londoner’s White Peach Sangria recipe. It’s super easy to make and we also added strawberries to the mix for a fruitier flavour.





We made sure the food was as colourful as the tableware, with the summer reds, green and blue hues bringing the table to life.  It was the perfect way to celebrate the four of us reuniting after a few weeks apart.

Sidmouth Folk week happens annually in this regency coastal town on the Jurassic coast line, celebrating live music for one week at the start of August. With entertainment lining the streets, sea front and across many pubs you can expect to enjoy a variety of talent from far and wide. Me and the girls particularly loved the talented Lori Campell, you can check out her music here.

Here are a few photos from the weekend…









As the sun was setting on my last night in Devon, I enjoyed sipping on a glass of vino as I devoured a bowl of salted pretzels (so addictive), and I couldn’t resist lighting my new gorgeous lantern* to set the mood.


The best part about shopping at HomeSense is that you see something new every time you pop in, and I usually want everything in sight (goodbye wages, ta-rah). Their summer range is likely to be finishing soon as we approach the Autumn months but hopefully you can still find these beautiful pieces.

You can find some of these HomeSense pieces in your nearest store, see the website for details.


* This post contains sponsored content provided by Homesense. The opinions expressed are all mine and my obsession with HomeSense is real.

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