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Chloe Winstanley

Our Top Picnic Picks

Picnics are set to be the highlight of the summer. We have pulled together our favourite picnic picks - all available to add to your wedding list. We have also have included some of our favourite picnic recipes to add that extra wow factor.

Chloe Winstanley

BLANKETS, CUSHIONS & RUGS

When it comes to outdoor rugs and cushions, we love waterproof backed picnic rugs - it means you can go on all terrains, the grass won't stick and no soggy bottoms if they British weather decides to turn on us. A simple way to elevate your picnic style is to add some colourful cushions. Our go-to brand is Weaver Green for scatter cushions as they are made entirely from recycled plastic, making them waterproof, stain resistant and good for the environment. They can even be chucked in the washing machine! 

Cushion, Lightweight, Oxford Stripe, Coral, 45cm
Weaver Green
£30.00
Picnic rug, 137 x 170cm, Eventer, Blue Dress Stewart Wool With Olive Back
Tweedmill
£75.00
Rug, Kasbah, Ink, 180 x 120cm
Weaver Green
£220.00
Floor Cushion/Dog Bed, Kasbah, Smoke, 75 x 100cm
Weaver Green
£185.00
Picnic rug, 145x183cm, Stripes, Rainbow
Tweedmill
£84.00
Waterproof Backed Picnic Rug, Royal Stewart
Tweedmill
£75.00
Box Cushion, Beech Violet Ticking Stripe,42x42x7cm
Susie Watson
£32.00
Picnic Rug, W125 x L125cm, Newbury Quilt - Palm Leaf, Grey
Tweedmill
£57.00
Tweedmill

Cool Bags, Hampers & Wine Carriers

Chloe Winstanley

It's totally down to personal preference when it comes to choosing between a hamper, cool bagwine carrier or a even a combination of them all. We reccomend thinking about how you picnic now, and how you might picnic in the future. Are you more of a wine and a few nibbles type, where a bottle carrier will be more than enough, or do you go the full hog and have a michelin-worthy feast? In which case a traditional hamper with all the kit will be more practical. Hampers are a great option to have everything in one place and ready to go and Willow Direct have great options to suit all styles, requirements and tastes. 

Picnic hamper, H27 x W29 x L59cm, Boat, Willow
Willow & Wicker
£210.00
Cool Box, Coleman, Wheeled, 50QT Extreme, 47Ltr
TWS Internal
£124.99
Picnic hamper - 4 person, 58 x 38 x 22cm, Blue Tweed, Light Willow
Willow & Wicker
£267.00
Family cool bag, 30 x 19 x 27cm, Lulworth
KitchenCraft
£25.00
Buff & Unpeeled Willow 4 Bottle Carrier
Willow & Wicker
£45.00
Picnic hamper 2 person, H42 xW30 x L46cm, Green Tweed, Willow
Willow & Wicker
£178.00

Eating & Drinking

If you decide to add a hamper to your wedding list, then you may not need to get individual picnic plates, bowls and glasses as they will likely be included. However, if you want to build a bespoke basket from scratch, you might want to consider melamine and acrylic picnicware as a way to put a personal touch to your picnic. Melamine and Acrylic picnic wear is ideal for the outdoors as it's durable meaning you don't have to worry about chips or breakages. It's also much lighter than traditional glass or bone china! 

Chloe Winstanley
Melamine dinner plate, 25.4cm, Lobster
Sophie Allport
£10.00
Table Fork, Helios, Olive Green
Capdeco
£10.75
Set of 4 dinner plates, 25cm, Pacific - Melamine, Blue
Royal Doulton
£30.00
Napkins, Berries, Cotton, 50cm, Set of 4
Sibona
£44.00
Tumblers, Broadwell, Recycled Glass, Set of 4
Garden Trading
£22.00
Napkins, Berry Print, Blue, 45 x 45cm, Set of 4
SARAH.K
£24.00
Table Knife, Helios, Sky Blue
Capdeco
£13.25
Acrylic Picnic Old Fashioned Tumbler, Set of 4
Epicurean
£10.50
Acrylic Wine Glass, Stem, Single, 295ml
Epicurean
£5.00
Champagne Saucer, Mixed Set of 6
The Vintage List
£79.00

Serving

For serveware for picnics, we always recommend bringing a wooden chopping board, large serving bowls for salads and also little nibble bowls to decant snacks like olives and nuts. Not only do they keep food fresh, but they look pretty too!

Small chopping board, 2 x 38 x 15cm, Nalbari, Mango Wood
Nkuku
£33.00
Meze plate, H5.3 x Dia 34cm, Ithaca, Ceramic
Garden Trading
£35.00
Cheese/Chopping Board, Kuki
Kalinko
£45.00
Serving Bowl, Midford, Mango Wood, Large, 33cm
Garden Trading
£32.00
Melamine bowl, Dia15.2cm, Lobster
Sophie Allport
£9.00

Practical

Waiters friend corkscrew and bottle opener, WT-110S, Metal
Le Creuset
£35.00
Rice- Set of 4 Melamine Bowls with Lids, Assorted
Custom Product
£37.99
2 piece cheese set in box, 28 x 8 x 4cm, Laguiole, olive wood
Claude Dozorme
£86.00
Bread Knife, Basic, Ivory, 29cm
Sabre
£17.00
Drinks Dispenser, Clip Top, 8Litre
Custom Product
£18.95
Cake server, 25cm, Gold/White
Sophie Conran for Portmeirion
£17.50
Condiment & cutlery basket, L20 x W20 x H30cm, Ashcroft, Rattan
Neptune
£32.00
Champagne cork wine bottle stop, Silver Plate
Culinary Concepts
£20.00
Round cake tin, Charcoal/Steel
Garden Trading
£28.00

Don't forget the essentials!! (In our case, a corkscrew). 

Susie Watson

Barbecues

Big Green Egg Nest Bundle, Large
Big Green Egg
£1,602.50
Portable charcoal barbecue, 44 x 42 x 27cm, Go-Anywhere, Black
Weber
£100.00
Electric barbecue with stand - 1400, H62.5 x W69 x D52cm, Weber Q, Dark Grey
Weber
£314.00
Charcoal Barbecue, 57cm, Classic Compact, black
Weber
£155.00

If it's allowed in your local park or wherever you take your picnic, bringing a small barbecue can really take your picnic to the next level. 

Recipes

We hosted a picnic with some of our favourite caterers Doggart and Squash at Coolhurst Vineyards in Sussex last year. Inspired by the spread, here are some of our favourites. 

Chloe Winstanley

For drinks we enjoyed an 'English Garden' mocktail which consisted of elderflower, apple, mint and lime. As the day progressed we moved to a delicious fresh strawberry infused gin cocktail. To accompany this we had fresh British strawberries, homemade pork pies, scotch eggs and to finish a triple-layer Victorian cake with peaches, cream and maple syrup.

Chloe Winstanley