Our shopping guide to everything you need to have the ultimate picnic this summer.
We know that this summer won’t be everything we’d hoped and dreamed for. But as the weather gets warmer we’re holding onto the government’s latest advice that we’re allowed to enjoy our local parks and green spaces with up to six friends.
If this has got you all excited to feel the sun on your face and spend an afternoon outdoors, you might be taking some delight in planning a good old fashion picnic. A brightly coloured blanket, wicker basket, bottle of wine and nibbles; picnics are a picture-perfect summertime activity.
But to get them looking as good as we imagine can sometimes take an inordinate amount of faff and occasionally a big budget – after all, singing-and-dancing picnic baskets can cost a pretty penny.
So, here’s our guide to fuss-free picnicking with a curated edit of the essentials that you’ll need, to suit a range of budgets, whether you’re heading to the park or staying in your garden.
Cath Kidstone picnic blanket
Cath Kidston’s seaside-themed picnic blanket is not only cute, it’s practical, too.
Made from soft cotton, it’s comfortable and easy to throw down ready for your picnic. It’s got a splashback coating on the reverse side to keep it clean and an attached strap so you can roll it up when you’re done.
National Trust recycled woollen rug
Although we can’t visit The National Trust’s beautiful houses and grounds at the moment, there’s no denying they know something about the best way to picnic.
We like the traditional look of this blanket and that each one is made from recycled end-cuts of yarn, making them eco-friendly and unique.
Harrods picnic blanket
There’s something about both Harrods and picnicing that feels quintessentially British, which is why we’re hankering after this classic picnic blanket.
It’s crafted from a wool blend with a practical lining and is washing machine friendly, which makes life a little easier doesn’t it?
Oval lidded wicker basket
This traditional basket is handwoven from two tone willow and has a hinged lid with a sturdy brown strap.
We just love its vintage aesthetic and we can imagine using it for wholesome days spent eating and drinking outside.
Natural wicker picnic basket
This insulated basket has a handy lid which holds everything needed for the perfect picnic including a bottle opener, wine glasses and cutlery, all of which come with the basket along with two ceramic plates.
It is crafted from wicker with a blue and white pinstripe design. You could also add some frozen ice packs to enhance this bag’s performance.
Willow picnic basket set
If you’re looking for an all-rounder, this picnic basket is perfect.
Not too cumbersome to carry and with plenty of room for your wine, it also comes with wine glasses, plates, knives, forks, spoons, salt and pepper holders, a corkscrew, bottle opener and pen knife, for two people.
La Basketry’s range of beautifully woven placemats and bowls are perfect for bunging in a tote bag and bringing with you on a picnic.
Not only are they incredibly sturdy, which is ideal for the park, they’ll also do wonders for your Instagram as they make for a beautiful display to keep fruit, cakes or any alfresco treats in.
Falcon is known for its selection of iconic white and blue enamelware, which is perfect for picnics for two reasons.
First, it totally looks the part with a rustic vibe which is at home in the outdoors. But most importantly, it doesn’t chip or smash, of course.
Picnic champagne flutes
What does your ideal picnic look like? Ours definitely involves champagne and strawberries in the sun.
To make this dream-like day become a reality, though, we’ll need some picnic-friendly glasses like these ones from Marks & Spencer. Plus, these ones have got a playful rainbow effect.
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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.