Summer has arrived and it’s time to dine al fresco as much as possible before the snow flies again. Here are a few great locally sold products to get you started.

Le Jacquard Français Beach Towels

Inspirati Fine Linens

One, or dare we say more (need a clever wedding gift?), of these stunning beach towels from Le Jacquard Français, the same fine French manufacturer of our favourite tea towels, is at the top of the list of this year’s outdoor dining accoutrement. These are towels, of course, and do an outstanding job by the water, but they really shine doing double duty as blankets or tablecloths for any picnic or al fresco occasion.

They’re pricey, we admit, but you get what you pay for. And in this case, you get the best quality 100 per cent cotton (completely washable, of course), epic size at 39 x 79 inches, five absolutely gorgeous designs in brilliant tropical colours, and the knowledge that with care the high-quality fabric will retain its colour and proportions, looking beautiful for years to come.

Le Jacquard Français Beach Towels | Inspirati Fine Linens | $186 |