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The C&TH Picnicware Edit

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Picture-perfect picnics, here we come

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Thanks to recent events, the lowly picnic has been elevated from a mid-week fall-back to the event of the social season. We’re now celebrating birthdays, engagements and holidays with al fresco pork pies and piccalilli (served with champagne, naturally), and as such, it’s time to invest in some superlative picnicware. Plan the perfect spread with our round-up of the most stylish melamine dining sets and hold-all hampers. From the best luxury picnic hampers to bright and cheerful printed side plates (and a gingham napkin or two), plan your perfect party in the park now.

Most Stylish Picnic Sets, Picnicware & Hampers

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Les Ottomans Hand-Printed Cotton Napkin

Les Ottomans Hand-Printed Cotton Napkin, £14, fortnumandmason.com

Napkins so pretty nobody will mind if your cucumber sandwiches have gone a little soggy.

Les Jardins de la Comtesse Rio Bowl

Les Jardins de la Comtesse Rio Bowl, £11, harrods.com

Can’t get away but dreaming of a holiday? This tropical melamine bowl will bring a slice of the exotic to your next picnic.

Zara Picnicware

Zara Checked Melamine Tray, from £9.99, zara.com

Nothing says ‘picnic’ like gingham. We love Zara’s new melamine bowls, plates and trays, which are also available in yellow.

Picnic Sets

Melamine dinner plate, £8, tumbler £5, side plate, £6; anthropologie.com

These patterned bamboo plates are too pretty to confine to the garden; invest now and enjoy all summer long.

Les Jardins de la Comtesse Tuileries Picnic Basket

Les Jardins de la Comtesse Tuileries Picnic Basket, £88.95, harrods.com

The cutest little picnic basket for two ever? We think so.

Royal Doulton Pacific Tumbler

Royal Doulton Pacific Melamine Tumbler – Set of 4, £14, amara.com

Who said plastic beakers were just for kids? We’re splashing out on these Royal Doulton tumblers for our next garden party.

Saint Germain picnic basket in green

Les Jardins de la Comtesse Saint Germain Picnic Basket for 4 in green, £138, amara.com

If it’s a classic picnic hold-all you’re after, try this pretty gingham-lined four-person hamper. The roomy wicker basket has enough space for three – yes, three – full-size bottles of wine. Rosé season beckons…


Pendleton Motor Robe

Pendleton Carry Along Motor Robe in Charcoal Stewart, £135, pendletonwoolenmills.eu

Never be caught on a drive or hike without this handy blanket. It’s perfect for an impromptu picnic – and everyone knows those are the best kind.

Bamboo Cutlery Set in Cotton pouch

Bamboo Cutlery Set in Cotton pouch, £10.75, theplasticfreeshop.co.uk

Pleasingly organised and eco-friendly. Everything you need in one handy pouch.

Fortnum & Mason hamper

Picadilly Stripe 4 Person Picnic Hamper, £425, fortnumandmason.com

The epitome of British elegance; this four-person hamper set will be handed down through the generations and enjoyed for years to come. Includes four F&M weekend stripe bone china mugs and plates, four wine glasses, four cutlery sets, a drawstring bag, napkins, a corkscrew and an insulated flask. Oh, and mini salt and pepper mills, of course.

Business & Pleasure Laurens striped cotton beach blanket

Business & Pleasure Lauren’s striped cotton beach blanket, £95, selfridges.com

For picnics on the beach (the best kind). There’s even a hole in the middle for your parasol. Genius.

John Lewis croft collection picnic basket

Croft Collection Filled Picnic Hamper, 4 Person, £90; johnlewis.com

This neutral carry-all hamper contains all the picnic essentials. Brighten it up by adding pretty printed napkins.

Picnic Sets

Anthropologie Beata Coloured Glass Champagne Flute, £12; anthropologie.com

Serve up some fizz at your next fête champêtre with these elegant hand-painted champagne flutes, made with soda–lime glass.

LEON Round Bamboo Lunch Pot

LEON Round Bamboo Lunch Pot, £10, johnlewis.com

Fill with berries or chopped salad and take leftovers home for later.

Les Jardins de la Comtesse Savannah Kid Picnic Basket

Les Jardins de la Comtesse Savannah Kid Picnic Basket, £48.95, harrods.com

For the style-savvy kid with exquisite taste.

kate spade new york Rainbow Plaid Picnic Rug

Kate Spade New York Rainbow Plaid Picnic Rug, £40.50, johnlewis.com

If it starts raining, you’ve brought your own rainbow.

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Photo by Kate Hliznitsova