Make it an easy date night at home with these Irish wine glasses and cheeseboards.
We all have high hopes for a date night at home (and Lord knows we could use one) but the aspirations of showering, pulling on a pair of *whisper it* jeans, and maybe even finding time to drag a brush through your hair can all go out the window when you realise that someone has to actually prepare the meal for your date night.
Instead, you rock out of the kitchen sweaty and covered in carrot peelings.
I'm not sure if it's lockdown anxiety setting in, but I have even less patience than I normally would for drawn-out dinner prep. No, I do not want to stew the meat for four hours... I stupidly Googled a recipe for ramen the other day, it takes three days to make from scratch.
Why not make life easier instead with a simple (but beautiful) cheeseboard and a good bottle of wine. Cheeseboards don't take much to pull together and then can be prepped hours before and popped in the fridge ready to go. You can make your wine and cheese night extra fancy with two simple additions: a nice cheeseboard and two beautiful wine glasses. Here are our picks.
Heart cheese board, €48, Slated
Slated are a beautiful Irish brand that have so many gorgeous cheese and chopping boards and coasters. They use ethically sourced slate that is meticulously handcrafted by owners Ed and Tara Hammond. You can even have the name of your loved one, a personal song lyric or a special date etched into your board.
Cheese paddle, from €22, Caulfield's Country Boards
Another beautiful Irish company Caulfield Country Boards has a significant focus on sustainability. These sharing platters can be laid in the centre of the table for everyone to pick from.
Torched sycamore board, €65, Two Wooden Horses
If you're looking for something a bit edgier, Two Wooden Horses boards are all hand carved and finished using a natural beeswax and mineral oil in their Greystones workshop. Choose from pieces with raw edges, torched handles and undulating shapes.
Festival wine glass, €38.50, Jerpoint Glass
Based in Kilkenny, Jerpoint Glass is a family-run studio and probably one of the most innovative glass-blowing studios in the country. Their pieces are beautifully finished and once you have a pair, they'll always be the first ones out of the cupboard.
Tonn white wine glass, €22o for a pair, Criostal na Rinne
Criostal na Rinne is another excellent glass-blowing studio, whose main focus so far has been whiskey glasses. Founded by Eamonn Terry, who has almost fifty years of glass cutting experience with Waterford Crystal, their wine glasses are beautiful, with gently flowing curves designed to replicate the swirling seas around Ireland.
Galway Crystal Erne Champagne Saucer, €19.95, Arnotts
For celebrating a special occasion at home, a Champagne coupe is a great choice. Go for this Art Deco look from Galway Crystal, inspired by the River Erne.
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