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The best picnic accessories for 2021: from blankets, to baskets and crockery

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Our shopping guide to everything you need to take the park, beach (or your garden) for the ultimate stylish picnic this summer

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. 

From the wine that everyone’s sharing on Instagram to a hand embroidered blanket, these beautiful picnic accessories will help you plan the most picturesque day ever.

  • Undone Stitch picnic blanket

    undone stitch picnic blanket
    Best picnic accessories: 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. 

    Shop Undone Stitch monogram picnic blanket from The Drop by Stylist, £35

  • Petiotes picnic blanket

    Petiotes picnic blanket
    Best picnic accessories: 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.

    Buy Petiotes picnic blanket from The Drop by Stylist, £49

  • Zara Home bread basket

    Zara Home bread basket
    Best picnic accessories: 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. 

    Shop jacquard lemon bread basket at Zara Home, £19.99

  • Att Pynta glass

    Att Pynta glass
    Best picnic accessories: 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. 

    Shop Yala wine glass at Att Pynta, £12

  • Oyoy cake stand

    Oyoy tray
    Best picnic accessories: Oyoy tray

    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.

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  • Hot Pottery nut bowl

    Hot Pottery nut bowl
    Best picnic accessories: 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. 

    Shop nut bowl at Hot Pottery, £12.50

  • H&M Home glass jug

    patterned glass jug h&m
    Best picnic accessories: H&M 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.

    Shop patterned glass jug at H&M Home, £12.99

  • Artemis Deco plate

    Artemis Deco plate
    Best picnic accessories: 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. 

    Shop Amarillo tapas plate at Artemis Deco, £16

  • Cocolulu yellow gingham napkin & candle set

    Cocolulu Yellow Gingham Napkin and Candle Set
    Best picnic accessories: Cocolulu Yellow Napkin and 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

    Shop Cocolulu yellow gingham napkin & candle set, £24

  • Wonky Picnic crochet orange

    crochet orange
    Best picnic accessories: Wonky Picnic

    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. 

    Shop crochet orange at Wonky Picnic, £8

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Megan Murray

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.

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