22 perky picnicware buys
Picnic season is GO! Get ready for a summer of meals on the move with these stylish and practical picnic must-haves - plus the chance to win £500 to spend at Ocado.
keep your cool
Made from leftover premium canvas used to make beach umbrellas this cool bag from Business & Pleasure Co. is both eco-friendly and chic in equal measure.
Eat your greens
Form Sophie Conran’s award-winning collection with British pottery stalwart Portmeirion, this large porcelain serving bowl, available at Ocado, will make a stunning centrepiece filled with a vibrant, crisp green salad.
Enjoy supper outdoors with a hit of nostalgia with this classic wicker picnic hamper with racing green stripe interior and playful orange leather straps. The hamper fits tableware and cutlery for four and features an insulated base to keep your ginger beer cool and scotch eggs fresh.
put a lid on it
It’s safe to say, salads, dips and puds don’t travel well. Avoid spillages and pretty up your picnic table with this set of three melamine bowls with lids.
Posh picnic on the patio? Raise a glass with these gorgeous vintage-style wine glasses. With their geometric stem and detailed cut glass design, it’s hard to believe the set is under £20! Now spend all the money you save on more wine…
£19.99 for 4
So you’ve heard of tablescaping, but what about picnicscaping? From super-cool Barcelona brand Octaevo this vase, made from special waterproof paper slips over a bottle to display your blooms on the go. Genius.
Jazz up your sarnies, sausage roll and scotch egg spread with this bright pomegranate table cloth, block-printed by hand from Berks indie business The Summer House.
Designed in Cornwall and made sustainably in the British Isles, this yellow herringbone, 100% wool blanket from Atlantic Blankets is the perfect impromptu picnic perch – waterproof bottom to prevent damp derrières, plus it comes with a nifty leather strap.
a new leaf
Cast in traditional moulds and glazed by hand by Portuguese artisans, this cabbage plate – in an exclusive fennel green colourway for Daylesford – will add a little humour to your spread.
Want to bring out the crystal but worried about breakages? Here’s your solution – this acrylic jug is durable, shatter resistant and looks way more expensive than it is.
Plastic glassware has come a long way. In fact, this set of four in a stylish 70s colour palette are so good we might avoid breakages and use them at home.
Rocket, beets, olives, feta, lettuce, tomatoes – whatever you’re putting in your salad, make sure you serve it in style with this set of gold-toned metal spoons with scalloped edge detail.
you go, grill
Upgrade your cold finger food to hearty hot dogs and burgers with this portable charcoal BBQ from Heston Blumenthal’s stylish Everdure range. Perfect for grilling on the go.
tip top tipple
There is nothing worse than tepid wine. Before you hunt for the ice packs, decant your sauv blanc into this Pantone Pink Pirouette insulated bottle (it holds exactly one bottle) with matching cups with nifty closable lids.
With the kids in tow, paper plates are always a dead cert – so you might as well make them as fun as possible with these kitsch jungle print designs from Ocado.
£3.60 for 8
Love picnics, but hate sitting on hard ground? Get yourself one of these padded seat cushions from Olive Bonas – we’re loving this sunny yellow print.
Are you being served?
Show off your sarnies in style on this cool, colourful melamine tray from John Lewis’ new ANYDAY range.
Not only does this mint green retro-style cool box have space for 16 cans (negronis for me, please!) it also doubles up as Bluetooth speaker and radio. Very cool – literally.
£96 down from £120
on a roll
Handcrafted from stainless steel, this chic five-piece roll-up cutlery set is ideal for picnicking, or can double up as an elegant place setting for dinner parties.
keep it clean
These jacquard-woven cotton napkins will add a pop of colour to your picnic – plus they’re machine washable.
£30 for 6
Is there anything the Scandis can’t make stylish? Apparently not as this plate is actually made of plastic! Find it online at Buckinghamshire’s Scandi lifestyle store NORSK.
£20 for 4
Need a top up?
Designed for H&M HOME by architect/designer India Mahdavi (her creds include Insta-gorgeous The Gallery at Sketch London), these pitchers have been spray painted by hand to create their check pattern. Bright, playful – and your wine, gin, or Pimms will look and taste the business.
So now you’ve got the gear – time to stock up on the grub! Head to Reader Treats to win a whopping £500 to spend on Ocado deliveries.