Life's a picnic

25 May 2017

As we move from spring to summer, make the most of the warmer weather with a picnic in the park...

Ditsy Meadow Foldaway Shopper £9.50

This shopper was made for occasions like these - fill up at the farmers market and fold away when you’ve devoured the contents post-picnic!

Ditsy Print Cotton Scarf £34.00

This scarf is far too pretty to use as picnic blanket but is perfect if there’s a unexpected cold snap, with the British weather being so temperamental you can never be too sure! Always better to be over and than under prepared!

Modern Ditsy Travel Mug £14.00

Your morning commute is not the only time this travel mug might be useful. This is the perfect accessory when dining al fresco!

Modern Ditsy Folding Umbrella £20.00

Whether this umbrella is used to provide shade from the sun or shelter from the showers, you won’t want to leave home without it!

A sunny summer weekend is the perfect excuse to pack up a picnic and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you head to a local park or set up a blanket on the beach, be sure to bear these things in mind before you set off...

 

★ Before you leave home check your Tupperware is shut tight - there’s nothing worse than discovering you’ve got a leak in the bottom of your bag!
★  Plastic cups and paper plates are the best options if you want to avoid breakages.

★  Bear in mind that some items will need to be kept in a cool box - mainly meat, sh and any dairy products. Also, if you’re planning on packing chocolate it’s best to keep that cool too!

★  To avoid soggy salads and sandwiches keep extras such as dressings and fillings in separate containers.
★  Other essentials to pack... suncream, hand wipes / napkins and of course a corkscrew!
★  Avoid ice cream, sticky puddings, and cakes – not only are they hard to transport but wasps and other insects love them.
★  Perfect picnic food... Fresh fruit, vegetables or crisps with dip, cheese and crackers (pick a brie or camembert, which will soften in the heat, rather than a hard cheese which will go oily when left in the sun.) A selection of sandwiches (try to avoid using with mayonnaise, which can go bad in the heat) hard- boiled eggs and quiche are always great picnic food.

 

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Caroline Gardner is best known as one of the UK's leading and most prolific stationery and gift designers.

Her distinctive designs now stretch across various product categories, including paper, accessories and lifestyle, all linked by her design hand print of quirky use of colour and placement.

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