Ever since the weather began to perk up I’ve been obsessed with going for picnics.
I have such fond memories of picnic-ing as a child, and I think there’s nothing more romantic than taking a picnic blanket out into the countryside and relaxing with your partner. So, every chance we get at the minute I’m throwing things into the picnic hamper and skipping out of the house.
Picnic food is fun and playful. Picky-bits that don’t necessarily require a knife and fork are so much more relaxed and as someone who loves to cook, it can be nice to create dishes in this more creative way.
I thought about sharing some of my favourite picnic recipes that I’ve posted over the years – and of course some new ones too. But after a twitter convesation about my rather sexy Wicker Valley 2 Person Boat Hamper – it really is stunning – I decided before I could share any picnic recipes I had to do a post on picnicware!
I love a traditional style picnic hamper and I think it’s important to get something that is well built and stirdy – especially if you planning on taking a heavy bottle of wine or two! The Wicker Valley hampers are particularly good for this and I’ve included the 4 Person Boat Hamper below.
If you are worried about breakages, you can gets melamine cups and plates in a whole variety of patterns and colours so you can add personality to your picnic hamper. For the more eco-conscious, bio-degradeable cutlery and plates are also available on the market.
Buying a nice picnic hamper though doesn’t have to be expensive. I can definitley recommend Wicker Valley but appreciate they aren’t cheap picnic hampers, so it is worth shopping around to find if they are on offer anywhere. They are also sold in Tesco so if you’re a regular Tesco’s customer why not consider using your clubcard points?
Alternatively, Sainsbury’s and Wilkinsons have a fab range of picnic where at very reasonable prices. Asda is also stocking some lovely Picnic Rugs with waterproof linings – perfect when the weather is unpredictable and the sunshine follows the rain.
Do you have a favourite brand of picnic hamper? Or perhaps you know where you can find eco-friendly cutlery and plates at a reasonable price? Please leave your suggestions in the comments below!