Nothing quite says Summer like a picnic with friends and family. It’s one of our favourite things to do when the Scottish weather is on our side. You can make a day of it and travel somewhere new, or mix up your usual work from home lunch break and head to your local park for a catch up with friends.
If you fancy snacking in the sun, you’ll need a few essentials for your picnic. You do not want to find yourself in a stunning beauty spot ready to tuck into a salad with no cutlery, or trying to share a bottle of juice with no cups. So, we are here to help you with our top summer picnic essentials to ensure that you have everything you need and more for your next trip.
By Laura Mason.
Take the stress out of picnic prep with Laura Mason’s Picnic Cookbook. Flick through 100 different picnic recipes from homemade lemonade to tasty sausage rolls and much more. Laura also shares her advice on getting the most out of your picnic with tips on alfresco cooking and travelling with food.
A cosy picnic blanket
Once you’ve found the perfect spot to bask in the sunshine in a local park or serene countryside, you’ll want a comfy blanket to set up your picnic. The Tartan Blanket Co’s Rust Check Wool Picnic Blanket is perfect for the occasion. Leather straps make it easy to wrap up and bring with you, and its blend of recycled woven wool makes for super soft space to rest. We adore the beautiful rustic, autumnal shades too!
To enjoy those delicious snacks that you’ve prepared and brought along you’ll need to pop some cutlery into your picnic bag. Something like the Bamboo Travel Set is ideal for eating on the go. Whether it’s a picnic or perhaps even to accompany your work lunch box. It is lightweight, sustainable, reusable and for every purchase a tree is planted. How wonderful is that?!
Up the luxe on your picnic with some comfy padded cushions. You can kick back and relax in the sun with a nice book or listen to your favourite podcast. Our Floral Cushions are perfect for picnics and for adding a pop of colour in your home.
Colourful Drinking Jars
Keep the mess to a minimum with these colourful drinking jars. Ideal for adults and children. They look super cute, are easy to hold, and the lid and straw reduce changes of any spillages onto your brand new picnic rug. Choose your favourite colour with the choice of green, pink, clear and blue.
Transporting all of your picnic snacks can be made so much easier with these multi-compartment lunch boxes. Choose from three beautiful pastel shades in rose pink, duck egg blue and soft lime green to coordinate with your picnic theme! These compartment boxes are easy to wash, great for holding hot and cold foods and have a compact design which is ideal for travelling.
Let’s take a moment to appreciate the mesmerising shades and patterns on this set of agate plates. WOW. Light-weight, easy to wash and child-friendly you can take these plates on your picnic and use them with ease. Or, you can enjoy them in your home. They’ll look fabulous styled on your dining room table. And, if you are just as obsessed with the colours and design, then you can match with the agate cup set, small bowls and large bowl too. All are ideal for eating outdoors.
Napkins are a picnic essential indeed. Especially if you have little ones joining you. Although adults can be just as messy sometimes so we recommend taking some with you anyway. Opt for something with a pretty design such as this pack of 20 Boho Spice napkins that have an adorable elephant motif on each one.
If you plan on taking a nice hot tea or fresh coffee to your picnic then you’ll want to grab yourself one of these. Huski Home’s eco-friendly travel mugs are sustainable, leak-proof, non-toxic and insulated to keep your drink at the perfect temperature for as long as possible. Choose from duck egg blue, or rose pink.
Say no to nasty plastic straws and instead pack some pretty paper ones for your picnic. Making your picnic set up look even more blooming gorgeous and helping do your part in reducing plastic waste. These lilac and green straws come in a handy glass jar for transporting and once you’ve used all of the straws you can repurpose the jar or turn it into a dunk DIY project.
Take your belongings home
Our final essential to the perfect picnic is that you take everything with you after you’re done. We are so lucky to have many scenic parks and beaches across Scotland and the UK but they will only stay this way if we all leave with our belongings and any rubbish. It’s always a good idea to bring a couple spare bags with you just in case there aren’t any bins nearby and dispose of your rubbish at home.
Leave your picnic spot just as you found it so that the next group of family and friends can have just as much fun as you have.
Quince & Cook x