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.

picnic hamper

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.

picnic cheers

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.

picnic at home

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?

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Last Update: Saturday, 9th May 2020