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Pimp Your Picnic

The perfect accessories to jazz up your picnic

From clever hampers to beautiful blankets, cool, cool boxes to terrific tableware, there is a plethora of picnic products out there to make your al fresco feast look and feel fantastic. Here are TOAST’s Pick of this years most stylish picnic accessories.



Hamper-tastic

Every picnic-pro needs a good hamper – one that will neatly carry all your bits and bobs and save you from lugging around armfulls of heavy bags.

Proper Picknicing

Unlike any picnic hamper you have ever seen, the Gourmet Trotter is the perfect al fresco dining tool that will accommodate all of your outdoor dining needs. Made stylishly from a gold trolley, this unique design is made up of detachable modules. Each has been creatively designed to accommodate selected and inclusive stylish and durable dining accessories for up to four people. It also allows generous storage space for gourmet produce. Often cited the Range Rover of Picnicking the Gourmet Trotter provides functionality and style.

Available from: the Gourmet Trotter company in three unique styles
Price: from £399.00

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Posh Picnic

Hamper connoisseurs Fortnum & Mason have got all bases covered when it comes to premier picnicking. We love their Canvas Picnic Carry All for 2; it’s a stylish and compact stone colour bag complete with a carry handle and is neatly filled with all the essentials, plus the added luxuries of a corkscrew and salt and pepper set in their signature Fortnum & Mason eau de nil, and two beautiful linen napkins. Posh picnicking at its best.

Available from: Fortnum & Mason
Price: £65 Dimensions: 29(W) x 7(D) x 29 x 33cm (H)

Fortnum And Mason

Simple Style

This painfully cool basket from Menu is multi-purpose, but as it features special cooling elements to keep all your nibbles at just the right temperature, we think it’s pretty picnic perfect. It is made from plastic, felt, bamboo and silicone, and is undoubtedly the coolest picnic basket on the market. It would also make a great gift for the person who has everything.

Available: from Nest 
Price: £101

Menu Multi Basket

Great Plates

Paper plates and cups may be convenient but investing in some quality picnic melamine or enamelware picnic tableware will last a lifetime and will most definitely add some style to your picnic that you can bring out year after year.

Rainbow Florals

This year’s picnic ware offering at Marks and Spencer is really impressive; with a great selection of colourful rainbow plastic glasses and jugs, as well as a variety of melamine trays, bowls, plates and serving platters in a variety of sophisticated designs and patterns. We particularly like this petty floral Plastic Picnic Drinks dispenser with tap and matching goblets– perfect for fruity waters, or perhaps a cheeky Pimms…

Available from: Marks and Spencers
Price: £17.50

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Timeless Style

Falcon have been making enamelware since 1920 and their timeless designs are particularly trendy these days. They offer a range of stylish serve ware but we particularly like their simple tumblers; colours include pigeon grey, pillar box red and coal black – perfect for hipster picnics and camping trips.

Available From: Falcon
Price: £6 each Tumblers are 9cm tall and hold 310ml 

Falcon

Cool Cutlery

Want to keep your picnic eco? Then get yourself a set of these very stylish Organic Cotton Utensil Travel Set. Beautifully finished and handmade from a single piece of bamboo, they come in a smart organic cotton striped sleeve, perfect for packing into your picnic.

Available from: Falcon 18.5cm long.
Price: £12.50

Salad Servers

These short handled Salad Servers from green tulip, easy to grip and not only perfect for a small or shallow salad bowl, but also handy to throw in a picnic basket or travel bag.  Each server is made from a single piece of organically grown bamboo, then hand shaped and finished with natural food-safe oil to provide a long-lasting finish. They are also naturally anti-microbial and does not impart or absorb flavours. 

Available from: Green Tulip, dimesions 7cm x 20.5cm.
Price: £8.00

Greentulip

Sitting Comfortably

Yes, you could buy camping chairs or an inflatable sofa, but nothing quite beats spreading out across a traditional picnic blanket, plus there are some super soft and super chic options out there.

Blanket Chic 

Tolly McCrae’s large outdoor-indoor blankets can be used as both luxury picnic rugs and cosy chunky blankets. Using their most robust weaves, these throws are made from quality British wool, giving them natural resistance against moisture. Plus, each blanket comes with a handy leather strap – perfect for swinging to the park. 

Available from: Tolly McCrae
Price from: £119.00, and they come in a variety of colours to suit your mood and style. 

Tolly Mcrea Picnic Rolled New Aqua Large

Keep It Cosy

This super cute picnic rug is made by quirky British lifestyle brand Anorak. It is waterproof backed (so no soggy bottoms), super lightweight and machine washable. It rolls away into adjustable carry handles, or you can also attach to the back of one of Anorak's cool bags. Prints include kissing badgers, hedgehogs – and my personal favourite – kissing rabbits!

Available from: Anorak Online
Price: £36

Anorak (1)

Let There Be Light 

If you want your picnic to go on under moonlight, then a bit of outdoor lighting can be both practical and atmospheric.

Gorgeous Glow

Suppliers of super stylish garden furniture Fermob have recently released the Balad outdoor wireless LED lamp. It charges via USB and has battery life of 7-12 hours – perfect for any picnic party or al fresco frivolity. It gives off a lovely soft light (there are 2 different brightness levels to choose from) and the useful handle comes in a variety of cool colours. Design chic for outdoors.

Available from: Made in Design
Price: £57.00

Lantern Light

Lighting superstore Lights4Fun offer these Scandi-chic Oslo battery powered lanterns, giving the lovely effect of candles without the faff or potential hazards - the LED bulbs even flicker like real candles. Dot them around your rug or hang them in nearby trees for a truly magical effect.

Available from: Lights4Fun
Price: £9.99 for 3

Lighting

Setting Up

We love this cute little folding picnic tray from Out There. Designed in Italy and complete with a cute gingham print it’s perfect for keeping the sand out of your sandwiches and drinks upright!

Available from: Out There Interiors
Price: £35 

No More Spillages

Do you get frustrated when your glass keeps falling over in the grass? Here’s the perfect solution; Hudson and General are artisan timber crate makers producing great outdoor accessories including this rather stylish wine glass holder and picnic trug. Custom made to your requirements the trug has a detachable wine glass holder, for 8 x glasses. It will hold the glass whilst serving the drinks, and during drinking, avoiding all those spillages.

Handmade by traditional methods using locally sourced timber to a high quality specification. The trug size can be varied to suit your requirements.

Available from: Hudson and General, Dimensions Size: (L) 600mm x (W) 295mm x (H) 100/185mm - (external dimensions).
Price: £45.00 

Server Trays

A Personal Touch

Want to personalise your picnic? Fill these adorable picnic baskets with a selection of goodies for your feast. You can make one for the group or multiple hampers to delve into. Try putting together one for your cheese and cured meats, one for salads and fruit, and the other for sweet treats. For a bigger group, you make up sharers between two for an extra touch of personalised luxury. Add a personalised note addressed toyoru guest and a little ribbon to complete the look.

Available from: Confetti
Price: £11.50

Baskets Confetti

Get Grilling

With the Summer Olympics around the corner, this summer’s hot trend is all about Caribbean flavours and smoked meats, so if you want to make the ultimate picnic, the Walburg Portable BBQ Grill is the ideal outdoor entertaining accessory. Crafted with 100% carbon steel and oak for a durable finish, this BBQ is perfect for picnic parties. Functioning exactly like a standard BBQ, the charcoal tray sits on a raised stand for minimum contact with the BBQ’s exterior, ensuring it stays at safe temperatures while grilling. High-quality oak wood provides a sturdy, heat-proof base that protects your surfaces from heat damage, while the square design gives you maximum surface area for barbecuing.

Available from: Urbanara or Amazon
Price: £55.00

BBQ

Keep It Cool

Picnics are a great way to while away the hours in the sunshine, but when you’re serving food and drink and don’t want to be in a hurry, you need something to keep your food and beverages cool.  This compact, portable bucket from colapz is the perfect solution. Cleverly designed to twist down flat and pack compactly away, you can use it to transport items to your picnic easily. Made from recyclable plastic, UV resistant, it’s the perfect picnic accessory.

Available from : Colapz
Price £19.00, Full size: H25cm x W22cm x L22cm. Collapsed size: H6cm x W22cm x L22cm.

Bucket Grande

Chilling Wine Spout

HOST Chill Cooling Pour Spout will transform your picnic wine-drinking experience.  Designed like an icicle to fit in a bottle of wine, it keeps your wine cool without watering it down. Cleverly formed plastic with freezing gel in the centre section means it stays colder for longer and doesn't dilute your wine. Ingenious! It also has a clever funnel section which allows you to leave the frozen section in your wine while you pour, and a rubber cork to keep in the flavour and the bugs out! So you can just sit back, relax and sup crisp cool wine to your heart's content!

Available from Aubeterre blue
Price: £19.95

HOST Chilli

Retro Cool 

Cool boxes can be really cumbersome and let’s face it – ugly. Not this little number. Add a little retro chic to your picnic with Jamie Oliver’s vintage blue cooler which comes completely watertight and fabulously portable with chrome plated detail. Holding up to 6 wine, or 16 beer bottles. It also has a handy, integrated bottle opener on the side to make it easy.

Available from: Amazon
Price: £79.00

Jmaie Oliver Retro Cooler

Turn on the Tunes

If you want to create a little atmosphere and play some summer tunes (respectfully of other picnic-goers of course), then check out the UE ROLL By Ultimate Ears. This bluetooth waterproof portable speaker is  powerful pumping out 360-degree loud, crisp sound wherever you desire. Its plasma-coated skin makes this a robust item so you can take it anywhere.

Available from: John Lewis
Price: £74.95

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Smart Storage 

Investing in some really good food storage containers will make picnicking a piece of cake. Not only are they incredibly useful to have in the kitchen, but if you get good quality versions in a variety of sizes they will make picnic preparation a pleasure.

Trendy kitchenware designers Joseph Joseph have just recently released their genius Nest Storage system; all the containers have colourful lids that correspond to a coloured dot on the bottom of each one, so you can easily match them up. They also stack neatly together, inside each other, saving on storage space and time spent scrabbling around at the back of the cupboard!

Available from: Joseph Joseph
Price: £25 

Joseph And Joseph


Now you've got all the right gear, it's time to plan the perfect picnic! Read on for TOAST.LIFE's guide to Planning the Perfect Picnic. 

 

Posted in How To's

by Sophie Farrah
on on 29 July 2016

  garden picnic, picnic, picnic planning

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