Why, hello again summer, we’ve been expecting your return! With the lighter nights and longer days, it’s time to think about alfresco eating and lazy garden days. If you’ve just unearthed your picnicware from the cupboard and it’s looking a little past its prime, it’s the ideal time to invest in some new, summery pieces. We’ve tracked down 10 perfect pieces to add a little colour and style into your outdoor dining.
1. Strawberries knitted picnic blanket, Sophie Allport
Make picnic and beach trip memories sweeter with this practical and stylish picnic blanket (above and main image) from the Strawberries collection. Featuringstrawberrysilhouettes on a blush pink ground colour, it is perfect for family days out or taking a snooze in the sun. The faux leather straps make it easy to carry around, whilst the water-resistant backing is perfect for keeping you dry if the ground is wet. £48, available from Sophie Allport.
2. 12-piece melamine dinner set, ProCook
This set includes four dinner plates, side plates and bowls in a fresh, blue and white pattern. It’s lightweight, chip and scratch resistant and dishwasher safe for easy care, and comes with a one year guarantee. £49 for the set, available from ProCook.
3. Hedgerow reusable sandwich wrap, Helen Round
New to the ECO collection is this fully washable, reusable sandwich wrap. A great way to put an end to single use plastic like cling film and sandwich bags; try wrapping up your lunch in this great eco alternative. It’s made from pure linen with a waterproof lining, the perfect wrapping solution for picnics. It’s machine washable at 30 degrees too! £14, available from Helen Round.
4. Boho Nomad print picnic blanket, VonHaus
Featuring a polyester fleece, relax in comfort on this elegantly styled outdoor mat with its sharp geometric print. The waterproof backing will help you stay dry and is easy to wipe down. Detachable handles make carrying a breeze. Was £24.99 now £14.99, available from VonHaus.
5. Complete picnic set, Opinel
Designed in collaboration with the designer Franck Fontana, the Opinel Picnic+ set is a collection of clever and sustainable accessories for comfortable meals on the go. This cutlery set includes a no. 8 knife, two stainless steel inserts, a fork and a spoon, that attach to the knife and microfibre towel case for cleaning and storage. £23.95, available from Berry Useful Gear.
6. Dig the garden picnic plate, Emma Bridgewater
This large plate crafted from eco-friendly rice husks in Emma Bridgewater’s Dig the Garden design is perfect for summer events: picnics, a day at the beach, and ideal for children at home. The plate features brightly coloured vegetables on a beige ground – carrots, chard, beetroot, aubergine, peas in a pod, artichokes and more. £11.95, available from Annabel James.
7. Set of 6 stackable pheasant highball glasses, At Home in the Country
Made from lightweight virtually unbreakable 100% recyclable polycarbonate, these glasses are totally recyclable and virtually indestructible. They stack inside each other, making them perfect for the country lover’s picnic hamper. Was £19.95 now £9.97, available from At Home in the Country.
8. Retro floral enamel mug, Enamel Happy
We love this retro inspired design enamel mugs, with their eye catching colours and vintage floral pattern. Designed with outdoor pursuits in mind, however, they wouldn’t look out of place in any stylish home. Available in four colours, they cost £10.50 each from Enamel Happy.
9. Sintra recycled cotton striped napkin and placemat set
Perfect for not-very-clean picnic tables in the park, this rustic recycled cotton striped napkin and placemat set is made from 60% recycled cotton and is machine washable at 40C. £6.50 for the set, available from Dexam.
10. Picnic cooler backpack, The Coastal Lifestyle Company
This classic picnic backpack with its pattern of hand-painted Breton blue and white stripes will help you cut a dash on the shore. With two cutlery sets, plastic plates and stemmed wine glasses plus a detachable bottle cooler, it’s perfect for grabbing and going. £65, available from The Coastal Lifestyle Company.
Main image shows the Strawberries picnic blanket from Sophie Allport.0