Whether you’re heading to the beach or only venturing as far as the back garden, the arrival of high summer means picnic season is upon us. Take your al fresco dining adventures one step further with our edit of the best food, wine and serveware to take your picnic to the next level.
The key to any successful picnic is preparation. A fully-stocked picnic basket takes the prep-work out of picnics, but our wicker hampers also make handsome holdalls for your picnic must-haves. Don’t forget a luxurious picnic blanket, plus lightweight, durable serveware – Mackenzie-Childs’ beautiful enamelware offers a chic alternative to plastic.
Picnics are a social occasion, so choose food that is easy to share. For a low-key, effortless spread, take an arsenal of crackers and breadsticks to share with platters of soft cheeses, cured meats and dips. With a bit more time on your hands, make grilled vegetables or quiches to serve alongside our favourite recipes below:
Middle Eastern Summer Salad
Vegan Waldorf Salad
Goat’s Cheese, Peach and Parma Ham Toasts
Turkish Flatbreads with Spiced Lamb
For special occasions, why not invest in one of our ready-made hampers: Cartwright & Butler’s Leyburn hamper has plenty of crackers and chutney – just add cheese – while biscuits, chocolates and traditional fruit cake are sure to satisfy a sweet tooth.
Bring along a cooler for bottles of crisp white wine and celebratory bubbles, or mix your own cocktails and soft drinks on-site with a round of chopped, fresh fruit, plenty of mint and soda water or lemonade.
For more outdoor entertaining ideas, check out our Al Fresco Dining Tips.
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