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Putting a luxurious spin on the age-old picnic

Whether you are going all out for a special occasion or just fancy a few extra additions to jazz up an alfresco lunch, we've got you covered.

By Laura Forsyth

Sun’s out, fun’s out! The warmer weather is finally here, which can only mean one thing; picnic season.

However this time around, we are all the more aware of savouring a quality picnic now that we appreciate the luxury of being allowed in the sunshine with loved ones again.

So whether you fancy going all out for a special occasion or are simply looking for a few extra additions to jazz up your average outdoor dining session, we’ve got you covered.

The whole package

Turn any setting from drab to fab, whether you are hitting a park in town or relaxing your own garden with the right alfresco accessories.

Make your picnicking experience a comfortable one with a camping chair, like one from Outdoor World Direct. This oversized, basin style chair folds away to a compact size so it can easily be carried on public transport or put into the boot of the car. 

No picnic is complete without some plates and these ones from Alliance Online are no exception. Coming in a stylish baby blue, they will be perfect for any occasion.

Incredibly durable and lightweight, the St Tropez inspired jug from Cambridge not only looks great for serving drinks, but is a fantastic alternative to single use plastic.

Hamper heaven

Another season of snacking in the park is upon us. But there will be no soggy sandwiches on our watch!

Upgrade your alfresco lunch with a pre-made picnic and take the hassle out of prep. Ibrica have created perfectly formed Mediterranean inspired hampers just in time for the return of socialising, such as their Estrella Galicia Picnic Hamper.

Take delight in an indulgent outdoor afternoon tea like an incredible hamper from Piglet’s Pantry. Tuck into an assortment of treats delivered to the door and celebrate spring together in a special and unique way.

If you just fancy a nibble, then Belazu have a selection of indulgent nut mixes such as their Luxury Truffle and Pecorino cheese. Cartwright & Butler have curated a mouth-watering range of preserves too, whether you prefer jam and scones or chutney and crackers for your outdoor indulgence.

Picnic and mix some drinks!

If you’re looking forward to picnics in the park and drinks in the garden with friends and family, why not get your picnic hampers and garden bars stocked and ready with the best cans and bottles to celebrate with?

Long Shot bring the holiday vibes closer to home, thanks to their low ABV tipples – a fruit-infused hard seltzer that’s low calorie, has all-natural ingredients and tastes great.

For that extra bit of luxury, CIROC have many flavours that sit among its well known Original bottle such as Red Berry and Pineapple which are perfect flavours for sunny picnics. Meanwhile Wanderlust Wine, deliver sustainable organic, organically farmed and biodynamic wines from lesser-known producers right to your front door.

Little ones can enjoy soft drinks brand Soda Folk – they offer a classic range of American-style sodas all free from unnecessary ingredients and preservatives. Their Soda Folk Grape and Cream Soda even won a Gold Star each at last year’s Great Taste Awards.

Set the scene

Picnics are great for any occasion, from birthday parties, anniversaries or simply to celebrate reuniting with loved ones.

Which means you will need a perfect summer speaker for picnic parties and garden grooves. The portable and lightweight Groov-e Wave II is a budget-friendly portable speaker that packs a serious punch.

Practicing the art of self care is important too, so why not indulge in a solo picnic party? Groov-e also have the Ultra Bluetooth Headphones, which are ideal for listening to your favourite music, podcast or guided meditation in the park.

If you’d rather sit back and enjoy a good book, you can protect your Kindle from overheating with a gorgeous e-reader case from Twelve South.

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Laura Forsyth

After graduating with a Journalism and English Literature degree, Laura has gone on to work for national television and as a reporter for the UK’s biggest news outlets. With years of experience in the media industry, Laura is now the staff writer for Hurst Media Company, and the food, travel and health editor for

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