The Perfect Picnic
I’m sure you can imagine my delight at being selected as one of the bloggers to work with Wayfair this year as part of their Home Experts programme.
Not only does this satisfy my love of all things home and design but I also get to share inspiration and ideas from a company with products that I absolutely love.
You may remember that I turned to Wayfair for some products last year for our new loft bedroom. I always manage to find something just that little bit different.
So when I was tasked with styling a picnic hamper by adding our favourite food and drink to create a perfect picnic experience, I was thrilled.
We love our picnics in the Not Just The 3 of Us household and I’ve always secretly hankered after something a bit more stylish and sophisticated than our usual plastic picnic set and carrier bag scenario.
There is nothing worse than rolling up to the races and sitting next to the family with the full works and not a plastic knife and fork in sight!
Not any more!
I was given the opportunity to choose a picnic basket from the fabulous selection available on the Wayfair website.
Spoilt for choice with the wonderful selection on offer, I narrowed my selection down by practicality, number of covers and good quality tableware. My choice was the Coast 4 Person Picnic Basket (food and drink not included!)
In terms of the fabric, I rather liked the nautical style of this hamper and given that we spend a fair amount of time on Cornish beaches, this blue and white stripe fitted the bill perfectly.
As luck would have it, this years brew of homemade Gin (courtesy of Iron Man’s fair hand) is Strawberry & Lavender. This, of course, works beautifully when added to a nice cold glass of Prosecco. Add a few tasty treats and what could be finer on a lazy hazy British summer day.
Once the picnic hamper arrived, we waited for our moment to surge.
And with true British gusto and stoicism, we decided that no one was catching us out on a rainy day. In the spirit of taking our chances where we could, we opted for a late Sunday afternoon picnic in the garden, safe in the knowledge that the sun was shining for us.
We tend to overlook the fact that our own back yard is a fabulous location for a picnic. But given the recent gloomy grey temperatures, I can thoroughly recommend being outside with tasty food and drink and some eye candy in the form of a picnic basket.
This certainly whets the appetite for forthcoming summer picnics further afield.
With our theme being quintessentially British – Strawberry & Lavender Gin, we chose food befitting of our menu. I even my managed to work in a little taster of my home grown Chives.
Goats Cheese, Parma Ham & Balsamic Strawberry Crostini with chopped Chives from the garden
Crostini with Brie & Red Grape
Strawberry & Lavender Gin with Prosecco
Our menu needed to be something that worked well with our theme whilst being something that could be easily assembled outdoors.
Like most people, I love to see flowers – at any time of the year. Sometimes the ex-Florist in me will be yearning for a particular colour or type. Generally, when I’m hatching a theme of some kind.
When I came face to face with these deep pink cut Sweet Pea stems, I just knew they would look fabulous against the backdrop of the blue & white stripe of the picnic basket. The fragrance was just divine. These colours together remind me of being in Greece in so far as the pale blue and whitewashed walls are often awash with deep pink Bougainvillea. As we return to Greece for our holiday in the summer, I guess I was subconsciously creating my holiday wish list.
You can’t do that with a cool box and a carrier bag!!!
Sometimes jazzing things up and getting a bit fancy can be just the tonic you need and, quite frankly, we could have have sat in a car park and felt a million dollars with our basket of delights.
The things that I particularly love about this hamper is that the equipment is really smart, the wine glasses are glass and not plastic and the plates are ceramic. Couple this with the smart white handled stainless steel knives and forks and the picnic is looking good.
The glasses are secured individually inside the basket with a strap. Not only does this keep the glasses in place but it also stops them knocking against each other during transit. The plates are also secured with a strap. This leaves ample space inside for some picnic food.
Key to a Not Just The 3 of Us successful picnic is condiments and so the addition of a salt and pepper pot was a real draw here.
And in case your drink of choice has a cork, there is of course the handy waiters friend for safe cork removal – as well as bottle opening. Heaven forbid you should be stuck in the middle of a field with a bottle of wine and no means of opening it!
And look what happens when you stare rain in the face and carry on with a picnic whatever the weather. We get glorious sunshine.
And having whet our appetites during our rehearsal in the back garden, I can certainly see us taking ourselves and the hamper off to a few different locations this year.
And not a carrier bag in sight!