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Bank Holiday Essentials

The long weekend is nearly upon us, and we can't wait to celebrate The Queen's Platinum Jubilee in style. With street parties, live music, picnics in the park, and countless events all over the country, we have everything you need to make this a Royal weekend to remember.

We love any excuse to dress up, especially if it involves floaty summer dresses. We can't think of many better occasions than the Jubilee weekend, offering four wonderful days to don our finest outfits, listen to live music in sunny parks, and raise a glass of bubbles with friends. We've got a huge selection of garden-party appropriate dresses in the Jo & Co range, so if you're feeling a little stuck for what to wear, why not visit us in-store to browse our Summer collection, and maybe treat yourself to something special for the weekend ahead.
The Mina Summer Meadow Dress from Rails really does tick all the boxes for garden party style. The perfect blend of casual and formal, this strappy midi dress has been crafted in a slinky satin crepe fabric with an all-over floral pattern. Keep things relaxed by styling with a basket bag and sandals for a daytime look, then transition into an evening of celebrations by dressing it up with heels.
We don't think we've ever seen a more picnic-in-the-park appropriate dress. The Maeve Gingham Dress from Rails is the epitome of Summer daytime style. Crafted in a navy blue and lilac gingham giving a distinctly vintage feel, finished with all the pretty details we've come to expect from Rails. The oversized frill hem creates a romantic and floaty shape, whilst the cutout bow detail on the top adds that delicate finishing touch. This throw-on-and-go style requires very little stying, simply pair with sandals, pack your picnic basket, and you're good-to-go.
A floral-maxi is always a favourite, regardless of the occasion, but we think this Laurine Flamingo Dress from Garance Paris is a must-have for the coming weekend (and the rest of the summer!) The mid-length sleeves and full length skirt provide a little more coverage than the other options, whilst still having an abundance of show-stopping details. Let the cinched waist flatter your figure, whilst the open back creates that special occasion wow-factor.
If there was ever an occasion to break out the royal colour palette, this weekend would probably rank pretty high on the list! In a fittingly regal shade of purple, the Ulia Floral Wrap Dress from ba&sh is a lovely option if the bank holiday temperatures soar. Floaty and feminine, in a shorter length that's perfect for hot summer days, this is a lovely choice for daytime or evening, looking great styled with both sandals or heels.

Don't forget those all-important accessories! Whether it's jewellery, a handbag, nail polish, or a silk scarf to add that perfect finishing touch to your outfit, or those sunny day essentials like water bottles, sunglasses or sun lotion, we've got you covered!

Not everyone will be hitting the local parks and town centres to celebrate this weekend. We know for a fact that we have some incredible hosts and chefs amongst our diverse and wonderful customers, and we're sure you'll be going all-out this weekend too! So whether you're hosting a garden party, firing up the barbecue, or contributing to the street party happening right outside your door, we have a whole host of cookbooks and dining essentials to offer-up a little inspiration, and make the long weekend go off with a bang.

We carry an extensive range of cookery books at Jo & Co, but when it comes to party food, nothing comes close to these two. Sharing platters and boards are the ultimate party food for social dining. Not only do they look incredible, they can be prepared in advance, require little washing up, and offer something for everyone. With dedicated vegan boards, dessert platters, and any combination of world food themes, you'll be able to cater for every need. A quick search on Pinterest will have your mouth watering with ideas, but if you fancy a little extra inspiration, these two books from the Jo & Co range will really get your imagination firing.
(Above) Products Featured: (1) Share: Delicious Platters And Boards For Social Dining Book £16.99, Middle image from Share Book, (2) Platters & Boards Cookery Book £18.99.

And finally, no dinner party is complete without beautiful serveware. We pride ourselves on our carefully curated dining range, with everything from unique glassware to serving platters. Browse our expansive collection here, or pick from a few of our personal favourites below, and show off your culinary masterpieces in style.

Whatever you're up to, we hope you have a wonderful, Royal weekend!

Lots of love,

The Jo & Co Team x

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