We are in the height of picnic season. There aren't many days in the year that we call a perfect picnic day and so when we have the opportunity, we must strike. There is something about a picnic that brings out the inner child in us, perfect memories of hard boiled eggs (which we would probably turn our noses up at any other time), you were always guaranteed something sweet along with lemonade to wash it down and not forgetting hours of entertainment and freedom in the meadows. It was simple and care free. Well, for us anyway, our poor mothers had all the hard work to do.
But now that we are the adults, preparing picnics can be lots of fun. Not as simple and straight forward as it used to be because not only do we have to prepare all the food, we want the best of everything from fancy blankets to lie on, table cloths to lay on the outdoor table, picnic baskets etc. Picnics are much more sophisticated now. When I think of a picnic from my childhood, I think of packing up a basket and heading for the nearest park, hillside or field but the beauty about picnics is that you can also do all in the kitchen and carry it out to your perfectly laid table outside. I much prefer picnics in the garden than a barbecue.
So, to help you set up for your perfect picnic, we have hand picked a few items to make it all look pretty and sophisticated:
TORI MURPHY Woodhouse check table cloth, £98.95 - A table cloth is a must in order to set the scene and make your outdoor table look pretty, ready for all its contents.
KELLY HOPPEN Small Roses In Globes (set of 3) £45 - a few small flowers arrangements on the table or along the garden wall will decorate your picnic area.
TOM DIXON Etch Tea Light Holder £40 - set these around the table or again along the garden wall and they will add a sparkle of light which will be lovely as the sun goes down.
COUNTRY Mason Jar Glasses Set, £15.95 - these jam jar glasses are the most perfect glass for picnics or outdoors in general. No nasty bugs are going to fly into these. And they look so cool!
PINKSTER Agreeably British Gin, £46 - I'm sure when it comes to drinks you all have your own favourite tipple but if you want some inspiration, try this raspberry infused gin.
When it comes to food, you will have your own ideas and preferences but look for little extra treats that look good on the table like The Fine Cheese Company Crackers In White Tin, £14.95, Macarons de Pauline 9 x Assorted Macarons, £6.50 and Giuseppe Giusti Balsamic Glaze - Fig £4.95 (all available at Harvey Nichols).