We absolutely adore a picnic and with this beautiful sunshine we have had plenty of opportunities to road test our new picnic basket. With our new patio area ready for use, we thought we would make the most of it and decorated it in true VE Day style for our family picnic at home. A simple idea that makes a special family moment during lockdown. Check out my afternoon tea post too for an indoor version.
Finding the right picnic basket
I absolutely adore this wicker basket picnic basket from Beau & Elliot. It’s a set for 4, so perfect for our family picnics. It comes with 4 ceramic plates, cutlery for 4 and 4 glasses. This also comes with a bottle opener and a insulated food bag. It’s a great size as the hamper is big enough to fit in sandwiches, scones and a bottle of Shloer (like we had yesterday). If you add an ice pack to the insulated bag, it keeps food cool and fresh for a little longer too.
Setting up the picnic area
We chose the patio area to set up our picnic. We found this amazing Fab Hab Ibiza outdoor rug from Cuckooland that will just look perfect when we get our outdoor furniture. I loved the pattern of the rug, the teal splashes bring pops of colour to the garden space. We are on the hunt for a corner sofa, for this area and this rug will go perfectly. We set the picnic hamper on the rug, with some cushions and set the parasol to give us some shade. Isla made the bunting herself, so that was a nice touch.
Making up your picnic
Traditional picnic food is a winner for us; sandwiches cut into triangles and some crisps. We also had some grapes and a bottle of Shloer to cheers the celebrations for VE Day. The children love eating finger food, I think most kids do as they never seem to like using cutlery. Whereas the picnic hamper has cutlery which means we can make up salads and pastas to take on picnics too! It’s a great versatile hamper.
We had a lovely day celebrating VE Day, it was nice to learn all about it throughout the week and watch the video footage from 75 years ago. It is fascinating to watch the videos and news stories from back then. What did you do for VE Day? Did you have a picnic at home?
Jeanette LeightonMay 9, 2020
Great article a picnic is something you can do anywhere
Lyndsey cookseyJune 2, 2020
How lovely! I could sit outside now with a picnic! Lovely photos and great ideas which I shall keep in my head for the next time we have chance to have one. I like the basket, it’s something ive never had before, it adds to the excitement of a picnic to me!
sandy lynn ralphMay 9, 2020
oh this looks like it was great , we didn’t do anything this year for it but i did watch the queens speech
Margaret GallagherMay 18, 2020
So.much fun and joy – love your ideas and pics too
Jazz FulcherMay 18, 2020
I cooked an afternoon tea for VE Day didn’t have a picnic hamper to hand unfortunately
Anthea HollowayMay 22, 2020
What a lovely picnic. It is surprising what we can achieve when we have no alternatives!
KatieMay 23, 2020
Love this idea
Karen HJune 1, 2020
Love the home made bunting! Picnics have always been a fond childhood memory of mine x
Jade VaccaroJune 7, 2020
Lovely idea. Will try this with my kids
fiona dJune 7, 2020
We’ve had loads of picnics in the garden over lockdown, my youngest has severe learning difficulties and he loves helping his older siblings to get their plates filled with goodies and helps me with ice cubes for drinks
Nicola SadlerJune 10, 2020
This is so perfect. I have been looking for a really nice picnic and this does look beautiful.
Carly BelseyJune 12, 2020
Lovely. We have had sooooooooo many picnics the last few months haha. Picnics with babies, picnics with princesses, picnics galore and food galore and my waistline it paying for it but it was fun.
Charlotte Carter-DunnJune 13, 2020
Love the picnic hamper, it’s the little things like picnics in the garden that have kept us going during lockdown
Helen ArlowJune 21, 2020
We’ve had quite a few picnics at home recently, it’s such a simple, but great idea for an activity during these times x
Sharon FreemantleJune 30, 2020
Great ideas about picnics at home