13th June 2016 Shannon Kovacs

Get Out the Blanket: The Essential Items You Need To Throw The Perfect Picnic

Today marks the start of National Picnic Week – a whole week of celebrating eating open sandwiches, mini sausage rolls, juicy strawberries, and of course cupcakes!

Yes summer time is officially here, folks (believe it or not!), and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a Great British picnic!

So pack up that picnic basket, roll up a blanket and find a sunny spot to bask in the sunshine. We reveal the essential items you need to throw the best picnic you’ve ever had…


A sturdy picnic basket

This is the backbone of your picnic spread, the centrepiece of your blanket – a basket that’s fit for carrying plates, napkins and cutlery for your feast.

Comfortable picnic blanket

You’re going to be led out, enjoying good food and company, so you need a super comfortable blanket to relax on. Extra points if it’s the typical chequered design!


Chances are, it’s going to be a scorching day you’ve planned your picnic for (we Brits like to keep a tab on the weather at all times!), so  remember to pack a pair of sunnies and suncream. Nobody likes the lobster look on Monday mornings!


Nothing says a Great British summer more than fresh strawberries. Add some fresh cream and meringue bits to the mix and you have a mini-Eton mess!

Cucumber sandwiches

Refreshing and filling, sandwiches are the ‘first course’ of the picnic and quintessentially English!


Crisps and dips

Whether your favourite flavour is sour cream & chive or salt & vinegar, you can’t beat dunking crisps into an assortment of dips. Hummus, cheese & chive and salsa anybody?

Sausage rolls & mini sausages

These more-ish snacks will have you reaching into the tub until there’s none left. Oops.

Carrot sticks

Another dipping essential and a slightly more healthy take on your picnic.



Victoria sponge cake

Everybody needs something a little sweet after all the savoury food, and the sugary goodness of a Victoria Sponge is the perfect ending to a delicious picnic feast!



Last and most importantly, your pals, because you can’t enjoy a picnic without some great company!

Card by Sarah Ray

Card by Sarah Ray

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