Now the government has announced we can meet outdoors, there’s no reason why a socially-distanced picnic in the park can’t be the event of the year (so far).
Preparation is vital for nailing quintessential al fresco dining at home. First things first… find a sun-soaked spot – in the garden, by the beach or at the park. Next, check out our suggested items for the perfect lockdown picnic party…
THE KIT >>
The Camellia Picnic Hamper, Fortnum & Mason
This stylish wicker hamper is perfect for a taking lunch down to the park in an oh-so luxe fashion. The set comes complete with two china mugs and plates, a couple of wine glasses, a two-person cutlery set and an insulated flask – no need to think about condiments either, as two miniature salt and pepper mills are included.
Duck Egg Blue Waterproof Picnic Blanket, The British Blanket Company
Adding a cosy blanket is the ideal way to ensure your outfit stays pristine while indulging and basking in the sun. Our favourite is this pure wool and waterproof canvas blanket in stunning duck egg herringbone.
Kinship Marble Cheese Board, Oliver Bonas
Elegance, style and a selection of delicious cheeses will bring something of a luxury to your party in the park. Head over to the Oliver Bonas website and check out this statement board with all the tools you need for a luxe cheeseboard.
THE GOODS >>
Platters and Boxes, Graze and Gorge
The North East experts in grazing tables, Graze and Gorge, are the perfect suppliers for your summer picnic. Working with local food and drink retailers, G&G boasts the best of the best cheese, charcuterie, antipasti, crudités, chutneys and fresh fruit hand-selected for your order. They also cater for Luxury Afternoon Tea which includes delicious finger sandwiches, tropical fruits, macaroons, scones, tarts and more.
Hepple Gin, Hepple Spirits
Aromas of fresh green apple, grapefruit, spicy juniper and underlying berry tones, Hepple Gin, produced in the beautiful Northumberland countryside, offers the perfect refreshing tipple when soaking up the sun. Try this wholesome local gin with your favourite tonic and a fresh slice of lemon or lime.
Milk and Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Truffles, Charbonnel et Walker
What is a picnic without a little chocolate indulgence? These stunningly wrapped truffles are perfect for satisfying the sweet tooth when dining alfresco. A soft caramel centre offset against a bite of sea salt and coated in dark or milk cocoa powder.
THE LOOK >>
Jacquard Wrap Dress, & Other Stories
We have found the perfect picnic maxi dress in sky blue with delicate floral detailing. The cap sleeves add another level of elegance to the dress and its floaty nature is ideal for sitting down on the rug, taking a stroll around the park or playing picnic games. Wear this summer favourite with a pair of comfy sandals and a woven jute bag.
Club Textured Cuban Collar Shirt, Reiss
Crafted from a rich-cotton blend into a textured knit, the Club Shirt by Reiss is ideal for summer style. Pair this navy number with a pair of light-coloured chinos and fresh trainers for a laid-back picnic look.
Trialmaster Sunglasses, Belstaff
Taking inspiration from their iconic Trailmaster Jacket, Belstaff have designed a pair of unisex sunglasses in a classic aviator style. Choose from gunmetal and grey, bronze and brown or gold and green colour pairings for the perfect picnic accessory. The luxurious UV400 eye-protection is crafted from stainless steel and nickel-free nose pads.
THE FUN >>
Croquet Full-Size Set, Jaques London
Who’s down for garden games? The Reigate Set comes complete with four full-size croquet mallets, regulation croquet balls and tough enamelled steel hoops. Croquet is the perfect game for all ages and will supply endless fun to the afternoon.
Instax Mini 90 Instant Camera, Fujifilm
Ten shots of film will help you capture the fun to cherish these lockdown memories forever. It is easy to use, carry and has been designed with a classic, vintage look in mind. Complete with bulb and double exposures, this instant camera has been developed to shoot a range of situations. Time to get snap happy!
Bose SoundLink Revolve+ speaker
The perfect picnic vibe isn’t complete without a bit of background music. Whether it’s ‘acoustic & chill’ or ‘summer barbecue bangers’, a summer playlist is an absolute must. The Bose portable and water-resistant Bluetooth speaker comes with a built-in handle, so transporting the device is easy. A battery life of up to sixteen hours will keep you relaxed all day without having to worry about re-charging.