With the summery improvement in the weather, alfresco dining and picnics are definitely the preferred way to dine at the moment. There’s nothing better than lunching outdoors or enjoying a sundowner in the garden or balcony on a sunny afternoon. At this time of year, people are also turning to more cheery decor to deck their tables – think bright colours, bold patterns and spring-inspired floral prints. Turn to page 21 of our December issue – out on Monday, 19 November – for a superb spread on table settings that demonstrates a number of ways that you can keep things fresh and interesting while entertaining during the festive season… Inject some fun into your tableware with these colourful placemats from Poetry, complete with playful pom poms to announce the arrival of the holidays. Handmade in India from 100% cotton, they retail at R90 each and are available from selected Poetry stores nationwide. Alternatively purchase yours from their online store.