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10 of the Best Picnic Accessories

Words by Bridie Newman

We’ve all been there. You lay the picnic rug down and set out your gourmet spread only to realise you’ve forgotten the all-important bottle opener or cheese knife. Not this summer. Whether it’s a day at the races or a weekend in the country, we'll make alfresco lunching a piece of cake. 

The Basket

Surely the chicest way to transport your strawberries and cream. Spacious and insulated, this Sunnylife Round Cooler Basket will facilitate a whole host of alfresco jaunts, from beach outings to romantic dates in the park.

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Picnic hamper basket

The All-In-One Picnic Set

Instantly signal your picnic prowess by arriving with a quintessentially British wicker basket filled with four plates, bowls, glasses and a 16-piece cutlery set from Alessi. Designed by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders, the stylish set will make you the envy of the park.

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Picnic tool kit

The Blanket

Bring style points to your movable feasts with this exclusive herringbone blanket from Heating & Plumbing. Stitched with a waterproof backing, the soft wool blanket is ready to be spread out on dew-covered grass, while leather straps make it easy to roll up and carry.

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Folded picnic blanket with waterproof back

The Glassware

Raise a toast with these travel-proof Dolce Vita Champagne Flutes from Mario Luca Giusti. Made from durable synthetic crystal, they look sublime – plus, you’ll save on single-use plastic or breaking your best glassware. It’s a win-win.

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Coloured Champagne Flutes

The Cooler Bag

No sun-soaked soirée is complete without a refreshingly chilled beverage. Keep your all-important tipples ice-cold in this 10-litre capacity (that equates to two wine bottles and two beer cans) cooler box from Fieldbar.

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picnic cooler bag on the beach

The Corkscrew

Avoid resorting to desperate measures to open your favourite bottle with this handy Alessi corkscrew. Hand-painted with a summery rainbow pattern, everyone will enjoy using the parrot’s ‘beak’ to crack open a cold beverage.

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A parrot shaped corkscrew

The Portable BBQ

Never miss an opportunity to grill in the sunshine with Weber's Pulse 2000 Electric BBQ. Thanks to an integrated app-connected thermometer notifying you when your food is ready, you'll be cooking up a gourmet feast wherever you please, whenever you please.

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A weber electric portable bbq

The Throw

It wouldn’t be the great British summer without an unpredictable cloudy spell. Keep the chill at bay and the alfresco fun flowing well into the evening with a generously sized Merino wool and cashmere throw from Harrods of London. Your guests will thank you.

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Gold cutlery on patterned crockery

The Napkins

Ditch the kitchen roll for these all together more luxurious napkins from LaDoubleJ. Reflecting the Milanese designer’s love of bright, maximalist design, they’ll add a pop of colour to alfresco tea parties.

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clear utensils and serving bowls

The Games

Who doesn't love a little friendly competition? Work up an appetite with picnic games from Sunnylife like this table tennis set and other outdoor toys that’ll keep the kids entertained all summer long.

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a wooden bat and ball
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