Picnics are one of our favourite pastimes of the summer. There’s something about eating al-fresco that makes you feel all the more content with life. Whether you’re planning a picnic in the park with the children, or opting for something a little more plush, we’ve got you covered with lots of different picnicware that you can Click & Collect to a CollectPlus Point near you.
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Most of us aren’t fortunate enough to be able to go to the flamingo beach in Aruba, so M&S have brought the flamingos to you. Well, not exactly, but there are some really cool flamingo print picnicware that will inject some fun and colour into your garden this summer. The flamingo jug £12.50 is a great size, and being plastic it’ll be long lasting and resist those inevitable breakages. (We love the matching tumblers £3 too.) Fill it with a mocktail for the children and some Pimm’s for the grown ups!
Now that we’ve got the drinks side sorted, we can’t forget the food. M&S do this amazing flamingo salad bowl £9.50 which is huge and a great price. It’s perfect for a classic Caesar or if you’re going for a vegetarian halloumi salad, which will look vibrant and enticing served in this exotic bowl.
The Royal Doulton range at John Lewis is so chic and has loads of great options. We love the set of six tapas bowls £42 which would be ideal for popping olives and other nibbles in at a BBQ or other cosy gatherings. They also do these cereal bowls £23 which are perfect for outdoor eating!
An adults only summer BBQ or picnic just wouldn’t be complete without a few tipples along the way. With gin being so popular at the moment, we’ve found these fantastic plastic gin glasses from M&S which are just £3 each. Because of their size, these would also be great for making that summery Aperol Spritz that we all know and love, or even to have a refreshing elderflower drink.
Let’s not forget dessert, because really, that’s what we all get excited about. Click & Collect these sorbet dishes £3 from M&S for a colourful and fun final course.
Going plastic-free and being environmentally friendly is (thankfully) a huge trend at the moment. As Brits, we really do seem to be doing all that we can to reduce our single use plastic and help our planet in every way possible. When we think of picnics, it’s easy for our minds to associate this with lots of plastic waste, but that doesn’t have to be the case anymore.
ASOS are selling a huge pack of 60 wheat straws £8.50 which are 100% natural and compostable. They also have this bamboo biodegradable cutlery set £7 which is great if you’re on the go. You can Click & Collect these to your nearest CollectPlus Point too, which also contributes to reducing our carbon footprint as the delivery driver only has to make one stop to deliver multiple parcels, instead of driving to lots of different houses.
A bit of luxury never hurt anybody, right? There are some beautiful hampers and picnic baskets that will give you the opulence that you need. This tweed picnic basket from Joules £99.95 provides all the essentials you’ll need for dining outdoors with family and friends. For a day at the races, a picnic by the beach or a day in the park, this picnic basket has everything you’ll need and more. This one from John Lewis £175 is a little more pricey but is a real investment.
For an extra special touch or if you’re celebrating something, why not pop some bubbly and enjoy a chilled glass of champers? We found these champagne flutes £40 that are the perfect safe alternative to glass, so you can relax with additional piece of mind.
May 10th 2019 - by @CollectPlus