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How to Elevate Picnics

With 4th July fast-approaching, there’s no better time to upgrade alfresco dining. Whether taking celebrations on-the-go, or hosting in your own backyard, here’s how to make it effortless and memorable…

Pick the perfect spot

Plan ahead and think of an idyllic location for family and friends to gather. From a quiet meadow by a bubbling brook to an organized mass gathering, or the peace and quiet of your own garden, the choices are endless. Our Fife and Inverness picnic blankets make an ideal ground layer and are a great outdoor seating option. Crafted from wool in a timeless plaid design, they have a waterproof base and come with their own leather picnic carrier. 

Preparation is key

Think through your menu and any other essentials you might need. As it is a picnic, grazing dishes are always a good idea, as well as anything that is easy to share around and fuss-free to eat. It's all about generous sized platters and bowls. And don’t forget a carafe and glasses to keep everyone hydrated! Plus, the all-important bottle stopper to keep Champagne fizzy. Once you’ve gone through your checklist, place all of these items in a handy basket, or tote bag, and you’re good to go. 

Dress for the day

Keep cool under a wide brimmed hat – a stylish accessory that will keep you shaded from the sun. From sustainably crafted Toquilla straw to woven palm leaves, our sun hats will ensure you feel refreshed and act as a natural barrier from UV rays. Both our Pippa and Margaux designs also have a practical-meets-pretty sash ribbon to keep hats in place whatever the day holds – from bike rides to lawn games

Presentation is everything

Place all your goodies on a natural wooden board for an effortless, yet show-stopping spread. You really can’t beat our Honey Camembert with Smoked Paprika Almonds & Grilled Peaches recipe. Just the thing to elevate your summer cheese board, we’ve given the classics an upgrade with new seasoning combinations and floral decorations. Worried about keeping the flowers fresh? Pick them on the way to the picnic, so they don’t have time to wilt. 

Decorate in red, white & blue

Why not introduce a patriotic palette when it comes to accessories and finishing touches? Our Nîmes Gingham Tea Towel is the perfect pop of colour for any picnic spread, combining white with a tonal blue check reminiscent of vintage cloth. For a hint of red, add raspberries and strawberries to the menu and even a few flowers. 

Celebrate into the night

Come evening, you’ll be thankful of a cozy blanket for the firework display… Crafted from pure Merino Donegal yarn, our tweed blanket has a thick and beautifully woven weft which will cocoon you in warmth. Speaking of feeling toasty, now it’s time to raise a glass for a 4th of July to remember. 

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