The weather has warmed up and summer feels like it’s well and truly here. And what better way to spend a sunny afternoon than planning a good old fashioned picnic?
But for those with an eye for design, sandwiches in clingfilm and orange juice straight from the bottle won’t quite cut it – it’s all about the tablescaping.
Setting up a beautifully staged picnic can be just as fun as enjoying it. A brightly coloured blanket, stylish wicker basket, bottle of wine and nibbles; picnics can be a picture-perfect summertime activity.
So, to ensure that your picnic looks as fabulous as you deserve it too, we’ve picked out some of the prettiest, chicest picnic accessories from both independent and well-known brands to point you in the right direction.
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Petiotes personalised initials cotton picnic blanket
Made from lightweight cotton for easy folding, each blanket has waterproof lining to keep you safe from any damp grass or soil that may be lurking and they can be personalised with up to five letters.
Undone Stitch picnic blanket
A stylish picnic blanket is the ideal al fresco companion. This cheery tartan throw is made from soft fleece with a waterproof backing, making for first-rate grass sitting with no damp seepage in sight. Add your monogrammed initials in a bold colour and you’ve got a modern (and practical) twist.
Petiotes picnic blanket
This colourful Petiotes’ mat is handmade in their London workshop from beautiful and handpicked cotton fabrics. It’s light and easy to handle, folding neatly into your handbag, making it perfect for impromptu park dates. Choose a style that suits you: rainbow leopard, grey stars or pink flowers.
Zara Home bread basket
Lemon prints are trending right now and this vintage-esque bread basket is asking to be taken to a picnic. Fill it with your favourite sourdough and make sure you bring the jam.
Att Pynta glass
Prefer to skip single-use plastic and opt for glassware you can keep? Us too. Made from recycled glass, these handmade wine glasses will be the fancy companion to your fizz.
Oyoy cake stand
Baked a cake for the joyous occasion? This Oyoy cake stand will show it off in style. You’ll also be able to use it all year round as a decorative tray in the kitchen.
Hot Pottery nut bowl
If you want somewhere pretty to put your nibbles, the Hot Pottery splatter nut bowls are the answer. In orange, blue, red or green, you can get the matching plates and larger bowls, too.
H&M Home glass jug
Pour yourself something cool and refreshing from this beautiful patterned glass jug. Available with matching tumblers, these will look gorgeous laid out at your picnic, whatever you decide to fill them with.
Artemis Deco plate
This little tapas plate is perfect for those picky bits to graze on throughout the day. This hand painted, vibrant style can also be found in an array of other zingy shades over at Artemis Deco.
Cocolulu yellow gingham napkin & candle set
Cocolulu is all about bringing whimsy, colour and imagination to special moments.
Featuring two yellow gingham 100% cotton napkins, tapered dinner candles (available in sunshine yellow, duck egg blue or sage green) and a choice of two natural woven napkin rings or white picot ribbon napkin bows, this set is a beautiful way to add a sense of occasion to spring and summer alfresco dining.
Wonky Picnic crochet orange
How adorable would a fruit bowl of crochet oranges look laid out on a picnic blanket?
Wonky Picnic (a very apt name, we think you’ll agree) creates cute ceramics and crochet fruits, which are perfect for decoration.
Amie is a new, independent wine brand that was created in lockdown to celebrate the value of female friendship.
Its rose is easy drinking and perfect for summer days, plus it’s looks the part, too.
Beiige Store Lila basket
Beiige Store collaborates with artisans in Ghana to produce beautiful pieces using natural materials.
These baskets have been hand crafted and would look lovely filled with picnic treats.
Etsy daisy milk bottle
Tea is a must for any picnic, but is there a prettier way to add a splash of milk to your brew than with a daisy-covered milk bottle?
We love that they look so springtime appropriate.
Etsy hand embroidered picnic blanket
While there’s a place for classic tartan, this hand embroidered throw feels much more of the moment.
Resin serving board
Grazing boards are a huge foodie trend at the moment, but we love that they look amazing, too.
We Are Nomads floor cushion
Lying back and reading a book on the grass would be made even lovelier with one of these to rest your head on.
Happy Crappy Cakes
While munching on real cakes is heavily encouraged for any picnic, it’s also fun to have a centrepiece that’s just for show.
Enter, Happy Cr@ppy Cakes. This independent brand hand-crafts pretend cakes simply for decoration. Genius.
Anthropologie bamboo side plate
Plus, how gorgeous is the colour palette?
Images: courtesy of brands
Megan Murray is a senior digital writer for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about homeware (particularly candles), travel, food trends, restaurants and all the wonderful things London has to offer.