Wednesday, 13 August 2014

How to Throw a Quintessentially British Picnic

Is there anything more quintessentially British than a picnic? We don’t think so. From scones and perfectly prepared cucumber sandwiches to presenting your feast stylishly, throw the best picnic in the park this summer.

Make it Memorable

The secret ingredient to every great picnic lies in the detail. Take time to choose the perfect location depending on the company you’re with. If you’ve got the time why not make a day trip out of it and head to a local beach or national park?

For an authentic picnic experience a traditional wicker basket is essential. Add a large, stylish blanket that can accommodate everyone, cosy cushions for comfort and vintage plates and cutlery to achieve that quintessential British charm. If you’ve got portable speakers why not create a playlist featuring British songs from The Kinks, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones? After all, every experience is enhanced with music.

Food with Heart

There’s nothing better than homemade British picnic food; cucumber sandwiches with the crusts sliced off, fruit scones with lashings of cream and jam, posh sausages wrapped in light, flaky pastry, pretty pink lemonade…The list goes on. Be sure to pack a good variety of savoury and sweet food so that everyone’s palette will be satisfied.

Make the occasion memorable with special finishing touches; colourful drink accessories, Victorian dainty cups and beautifully presented salads. It’s probably obvious, but don’t forget cutlery, plates and serviettes- without these your picnic will turn into a culinary assault course and no-one wants that. 

A classic picnic basket is an absolute must-have and usually comes with compartments to store all your picnic essentials. We personally love wicker basket styles with a plaid interior- they’re just so chic. You can track down picnic baskets in antique shops, vintage boutiques and our personal favourite; car boot sales. 

Last but not least, channel British summertime with a nautical dress, straw floppy hat and regal red lipstick. Can’t fit all your picnic goodies in the basket? The Nica Grace Weekend bag in decorative print is ideal for storing all those stray odds and ends. Spacious and stylish, you’ll want to take it everywhere.

We’d love to know where your favourite picnic hotspots are. Share your best loved places with us by leaving us a comment below or tweeting us @Nica_Handbags.

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