This summer is set to be yet another golden season for hosting at home. While coronavirus restrictions are easing and we edge ever closer to some semblance of normality, many restaurants and bars booked solid so the lure of entertaining at home looks set to remain.
No issue there; we’re looking forward to showing off the homes and gardens we’ve so lovingly tended to over the past 12-odd months. Come round and admire our feature walls filled with framed prints, our clever bathroom renovations and our handiwork in the garden. We’ll get to work pouring drinks from our cool new jugs.
Offering double duty as a vase, a statement jug is the low-key investment piece every host needs and deserves. From Klimchi’s horn-spiked jug in chic shades to kitsch orange fruit shaped receptacles, there are plenty of designs to tickle anyone’s fancy.
Whether you’re entertaining indoors or out, for a group or just to please yourself, here are the nicest decorative jugs you can get your hands on right now.
See our favourites below
Klimchi Yellow Hobnail Jug
Available in all the shades of the rainbow (and then some) Klimchi’s hobnail jug is one of the homewares darlings on Instagram. This sunshine yellow version is pure joy and will add sunny class to your table whatever the weather. Made from crystal, it’s lead-free, dishwasher safe and can hold a generous two litres. We’ll use it for freshly squeezed lemonade while catching up with pals in the garden.
Jonathan Adler Gilded Muse Giuliette Pitcher
Give your home bar an upgrade with a delightful curio that can help pour drinks at the same time. Finished with real gold details on glazed porcelain, it measures 21.5 x 23 x 10cm and is complete with a handle for easy pouring.
Anissa Kermiche Jugs ceramic jug 28cm
From the designer that brought us the cult Love Handles vase comes a similarly playful design, this time riffing off jugs. Made in Portugal from ceramic, we wouldn’t dare to use it as a drinks vehicle but rather as a centrepiece so guests can admire the details from every angle.
High-fired by skilled Italian artisans, this elegant ceramic jug is the finishing touch to your tableware, whether you’re using it to pour fruit punch or display fresh blooms.
John Lewis & Partners Cactus Glass Jug, 1L, Green
An easy way to inject a sense of fun to your next garden party, this cool cactus jug comes in green and can hold a litre of liquid. Go for the full cowboy effect with a matching glass tumbler (£6).
Bordallo Pinheiro Pineapple Pitcher
This jug is your first stop to transforming your home into Club Tropicana. The fruity design is hand-painted and dishwasher and microwave-safe, holding 1.7L to keep you well watered throughout the day.
Pink Ceramic Gluggle Jug Large
Inspired by Japan’s Koi fish, this outrageous jug from Oliver Bonas is as kitsch as you can get. It wouldn’t look out of place as a jug, vase or even cutlery caddy - it’ll steal the spotlight either way. Measuring 22 x 14.5 x 8.5cm, it’s the largest size the brand offers and also comes in a rather fetching yellow.
Kaye Blegvad Cat Measuring Pitcher
We have no idea why this sour puss is so ticked off, because everything about her is wonderful. Working as a cooking aid, pitcher, vase or water carafe, there are many lives to this design from London-born artist Kaye Blegvad. With hand painted details and a matte finish that all fare perfectly well in dishwashers and microwaves, it’s an ideal housewarming or birthday gift.
Bordallo Pinheiro Duck Pitcher
This show stopping duck jug fits the bill for those looking to really give guests a conversation point. From the hand painted details to fun beak/spout, it’s full of quacking character.
Cox & Cox Monochrome Spattered Jug
If you’re looking for a hardy design that can stand up to outdoor use and camping trips, consider the search over. This monochrome splatter pattern receptacle is made from enamelled steel, channeling Scandi-cool vibes at all times.
MARIO LUCA GIUSTI Cesara Acrylic Pitcher - Green
With an ornate design and striking emerald green hue, this jug wouldn’t look out of place in the Slytherin common room at Hogwarts. Made from strong acrylic imitating the look of crystal, it works equally well as a jug as it does a vase. Place it on the table and watch friends fall under its spell.
Timeless style with a kooky twist, we can’t get enough of Klimchi’s Hobnail design. At £95 a go, it’s on the pricey side but for a style statement that can work in a multitude of ways, we say: take our money.