Now the sun seems to be shining most days, our weekends are filled with BBQs rather than going on picnics. This old tradition seems to be a fading one, with us preferring to stay at home rather than getting on our bikes to find a field to lay our vintage blanket on.
In days gone by, whole families would meet up to eat al fresco, even on the side of the road. In the 1940s china teacups would still be used but by the 1960s the choice was plastic with sets by Melaware and Gaydon Melmex being the favoured choice. Whether you are hamper fan or prefer a retro cool box, here are our favourite choice from one of the leading retailers: John Lewis embracing a vintage style.
1. This wool picnic blanket is perfect in so many ways. Lie on it, wrap yourself up in it and then use it in the winter on your sofa. The colours are neutral so will look great in your classic car, in your bike basket and on your armchair.
2. If you like a cuppa after your picnic this Danish designed flask is a MUST HAVE. Super cool, bright red, designed by Normann Copenhagen and now reduced this will amazing in your kitchen when you get back!
3. This citrus Tiffin box makes the perfect storage which could be used for your packed lunch at the office too. The tiffin box was originally designed for Indian food for their afternoon meal, so this is ideal for your afternoon picnic with its multi layers for all your goodies.
4. Keep your wine or even your champagne chilled in this cooler by Le Creuset. It looks a little like a hot water bottle and comes in red, green and black. Le Creuset has been going strong since the 1920s and were on everyone’s wedding lists in the 1970s…and with clever designs like this we are sure they will continue.
5. This child’s deckchair look so cute with it’s seaside illustration on, all the adults will be jealous and want one too!