Most of us are having more picnics now than we’ve ever had before! Whether you’re eating alfresco in the privacy of your own garden, or packing your bike basket and heading for the local park, outside eating is firmly back on the agenda. If your current picnicware is looking a little tired, why not treat yourself to some bright new accessories? Here’s our pick of what’s on the market now.
1. Bamboo fibre tumblers, ProCook
These bright, floral tumblers are ideal for picnics and barbecues. They make a reusable eco-friendly alternative to disposable picnicware, and are lightweight, durable and dishwasher safe. They cost £8 for a set of four and are available from ProCook.
2. Bee picnic blanket, Anorak
Waterproof backed, super lightweight and machine washable, this picnic blanket is a practical choice. Featuring a bold bee design on a blue background, it is made from high quality 100% cotton and rolls away conveniently into adjustable carry handles. £37.50, available from Annabel James.
3. Best in show picnic bag, Rex London
Online retailer Rex London have a range of budget-friendly cooler bags, including this cheerful Best in Show dogs design. It’s foil insulated to keep drinks cold and snacks fresh for a day out at the park and measures 30cm by 21cm by 32cm. £8.95, available from Rex London.
4. Lobster picnic shoulder bag, Sophie Allport
This lobster picnic bag looks neat but is surprisingly roomy. The design features a range of red lobsters and the occasional crab on an ocean blue background, ideal for coastal locations and beach barbeques. Features include extra-thick insulation and a handy zipped compartment at the bottom perfect for storing plates and cutlery. £38, available from Sophie Allport.
5. Aztec hamman towel, Lorima
We like these hamman towels, which are woven from premium soft Turkish cotton and available in a choice of blue or grey. They’re sized at a generous 95cm by 170cm, so you can either use them as towels or they can double up as picnic blankets. They pack up nice and small, as well. £28, available from Lorima.
6. Abstract face paper napkins, Beaumonde
If you’re looking for some really unusual paper napkins, how about these? They feature abstract artwork, and we’ve never seen any quite like them! £4 for a pack of 20, available from Beaumonde.
7. Hawaiian urchin 18cm bamboo plate, Urban Nature Culture
This plate features a single large sea urchin design in vibrant blue tones and is made from pulped bamboo with a food-safe polyamide resin coating. The coating makes the plates fully dishwasher safe, and they’re also lightweight and practical for picnics. £6.50, available from Sous Chef.
8. Purbeck lunch box, Garden Trading
Store and transport that lunchtime sandwich, picnic food or summer snacks in the Purbeck lunch box. Made from natural spun bamboo, the contrasting lid keeps contents securely in place with the elasticated strap. £15 each, available from Garden Trading.
9. Sky butterfly stem insulated bottle. Orla Kiely
Stay hydrated on the go with this stainless steel water bottle from Orla Kiely in the butterfly stem print and sky colourway. Featuring a screw top solid colour lid, the double walled bottle is designed to keep drinks hot or cold for longer, making it perfect taking out and about. £20, available from Wild and Wolf.
10. Two person herringbone picnic hamper, VonHaus
Serve in style with this neat little two person hamper, which includes cutlery, plates, wine goblets, napkins and utensils (blanket not included). Perfect for the beach, as it keeps everything together so that it won’t get lost in the sand! £54.99, available from VonHaus.
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