Top 5: Picnic accessories

Posted on: 07 June 2011 by Rhian Mainwaring

Invest in some picnic accessories for a summer of al fresco dining!

For a romantic lunch, fun evening with friends or a novelty way to feed the grandkids, you can’t beat a picnic. With everyone’s purse strings well and truly tightened there’s no better or cheaper way to enjoy the countryside with loved ones. You don't even have to travel for miles, there's nothing more romantic than a evening picnic in your back garden, or a romantic dessert under the stars!

We’ve picked out our favourite five things to host the perfect picnic...

Picnic hamper

Picnic hamper for two £50, from John Lewis

Includes plates, glasses, cutlery, napkins, a tablecloth, chopping board, salt and pepper, bottle opener and a cheeseknife all wrapped up in a handy and stylish backpack.

Picnic banklet

Picnic blanket for £40, from Graham & Green

Stick to printed sea gulls to keep your sandwich to yourself! This blanket has a waterproof side a handy carry case, and an eyecatching design from the uber chic Graham & Green.

Napkin

£2.50 for 20, from Paperchase

You can go totally kitsch when it comes to picnics, which is why we’ve chosen these yellow polka dot napkins from paperchase.

Wine cooler

3 bottle wine cooler, £14.95 from picnicshop.co.uk

Some say three is a crowd – but not when it comes to wine! This safari-style wine cooler is modern, trendy and above all practical and did we mention, it holds THREE bottles! 

Picnic chair

Picnic chair £9.99, from Homebase

If al fresco normally means a restaurant patio to you then you might appreciate a chair! With glass holders and a handy case these are great for a lengthy lunch in the park. Just steer clear of very soft ground...

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