Outdoor Living: Picnic ideas

It’s May. It’s the half-term holidays. The sun will surely shine for at least a couple of hours, won’t it? Sounds like the perfect slot for a picnic. Wide open spaces to burn off energy, getting high on fresh air, feeling grass underfoot and, for once, letting go of the neurosis that comes from watching a child trying to eat slices of watermelon as big as their head are all great reasons to get out in the great outdoors.

Flimsy paper plates and cutlery that breaks under the force of a cherry tomato are what picnic-hell is made of. Bypass all that stress with our range of disposable and biodegradable picnicware. Go for the Palmer range, made in India from fallen palm tree leaves which are cleaned and heat pressed in plate moulds making them super sturdy. They are available as platesbowls or as a picnic set including plates and cutlery.

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For a little more longevity, our Mimosa range is made from durable melamine. Adorned with brightly coloured watercolour florals, the dinner plate and side plate will work as well for gourmets in the garden as picnics in the park. Brightly coloured serveware is also available to sit alongside. The whole range can be viewed here.

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Our Carta stripey paper straws give a welcome nod to nostalgia, will be loved by the kids and are totally biodegradable. They are available in red, yellow and green.

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A picnic wouldn’t be a picnic without a blanket. The Maryana textured throw is brightly coloured so easy to spot when friends inevitably join your chic al fresco gathering. For the little rugrats, the Accordian pleated throw in grey will hide a multitude of sins and, when you finally make it home, is machine washable at 30 degrees. Phew.

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Store everything you need in our Frossell picnic basket. Traditionally made, brightly coloured and sturdy, it certainly beats an old and rumpled bag-for-life in the style stakes. For the full Paddington Bear effect, go for the Read natural seagrass picnic basket. It has twin lids and enough room for all the marmalade sandwiches your little bears could wish for.

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So, whether the weather is kind and you make it to the park, get out into the garden between showers or admit defeat as torrential downpours have you resorting to a carpet picnic in front of Mr Bloom, you’ll have everything you need to retain the stylish ‘you’ in amongst the mayhem. And breathe…

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