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Our Top Picnic Picks

(Socially distanced) Picnics are set to be the highlight of the summer when it comes to socialising safely with friends and family. To celebrate this step towards normality, 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.

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
Waterproof Backed Picnic Rug, Blackwatch Tartan
Tweedmill
£67.00
Rug, Kasbah, Ink, 180 x 120cm
Weaver Green
£220.00
Pure New Wool Throw, Fishbone 2 Stripe, Grey/Pink
Tweedmill
£59.50
Floor Cushion/Dog Bed, Kasbah, Smoke, 75 x 100cm
Weaver Green
£185.00
Polo Fringe Picnic Rug, Rainbow Grey Stripe
Tweedmill
£74.00
Waterproof Backed Picnic Rug, Royal Stewart
Tweedmill
£67.00
Box Cushion, Beech Violet Ticking Stripe,42x42x7cm
Susie Watson
£29.00

Cool Bags, Hampers & Wine Carriers

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. 

Cool Bag, Santorini, Family 21ltr
Kitchen Craft
£34.50
Hamper, Boat, 4 Person
Willow Direct
£46.00
Picnic Bag, Pheasant
Sophie Allport
£32.00
Forage Basket, Bembridge, Rattan
Garden Trading
£45.00
Cool Box, Coleman, Wheeled, 50QT Extreme, 47Ltr
£124.99
Willow 4-person Picnic Hamper, Blue Tweed
Willow Direct
£159.50
Cool Bag, KitchenCraft, Lulworth Nautical Striped, Medium
Kitchen Craft
£25.50
Buff & Unpeeled Willow 4 Bottle Carrier
Willow Direct
£21.50

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! 

Table Fork, Helios, Olive Green
Capdeco
£9.50
Melamine Bowls, Pecciolo, Forest Green. Set of 4
Oka
£35.00
Napkins, Berries, Cotton, 50cm, Set of 4
Sibona
£42.00
Tumblers, Broadwell, Recycled Glass, Set of 4
Garden Trading
£20.00
Napkins, Berry Print, Blue, 45 x 45cm, Set of 4
SARAH.K
£24.00
Table Knife, Helios, Sky Blue
Capdeco
£10.50
Acrylic Picnic Champagne Flute, Set of 4
Epicurean
£12.00
Melamine Bowls, Bees, Set of 6
Sophie Allport
£42.00
Jug, Moroccan, Glass, 7.8cm
Canvas Home
£20.00
Melamine Plates, Pacific, Set of 4, 25cm
Royal Doulton
£28.00

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!

Bowls, Shagreen Print, Jade, Set of 4
Oka
£35.00
Chopping Board, Nalbari, Small
nkuku
£29.95
Cheese/Chopping Board, Kuki
Kalinko
£35.00
Serving Bowl, Midford, Mango Wood, Large, 33cm
Garden Trading
£32.00
Serving Bowls, Stoneware, Set of 4
Just Slate Company
£30.00
Bowl, Lobster, Melamine, 15.2cm
Sophie Allport
£7.50
Serving Board, Acacia Handled, Unboxed, 42cm
Just Slate Company
£32.00
Long Handled Salad Servers, Mango Wood, 46cm
Nkuku
£26.95

Practical

Stanley Classic Vacuum Flask, 1.9lts, Green
£42.99
Metal Waiter's Corkscrew, Grey
Le Creuset
£32.00
Rice- Set of 4 Melamine Bowls with Lids, Assorted
Rice
£37.99
Claude Dozorme- Cheese Service Set, Olive Wood
Claude Dozorme
£67.00
Bread Knife, Basic, Ivory, 29cm
Sabre
£17.00
Drinks Dispenser, Clip Top, 8Litre
Kilner
£38.00
Cake Slice, Porcelain Handle
Sophie Conran
£17.50
Condiment & Cutlery Basket, Ashcroft, Pale Rattan
Neptune
£30.00

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

Barbecues

Charcoal Barbecue, Smokey Joe Premium, Slate Blue, 37cm
Weber
£79.99
Weber Compact Q1000 Gas BBQ
Weber
£259.99
Charcoal Barbecue, Go-Anywhere, Black
Weber
£89.99
Barbeque, Rock, Steel, 47cm
Garden Trading
£45.00

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. 

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.