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tips for the perfect picnic

Tips for the Perfect Picnic


Let it be known that it takes a lot to dampen our enthusiasm for picnics. We’ll manage to find a way whatever the weather, and these days, whatever the location too. Read six expert pieces of home picnicking wisdom from Fortnum's in readiness for your springtime feasting...

picnic hamper

1. Picnic weather is every weather

In a country with such unhinged weather as ours, picknicking is by nature an optimistic pursuit. But silver linings should not go unnoticed: with a home picnic, we don’t have to rely on the weather.

If you’ve laid out a spread in the garden, the comforts of your home are just a few feet away should the heavens suddenly open up, in the way that they tend to in our green and pleasant land. And if you’re already dining indoors, even better.

Regardless of where your picnic is taking place, all it takes it having the perfect picnic wicker!

fresh picnic

2. Eat, drink & be merry

When it comes to any picnic (beyond those impromptu lunch break picnics), the answer to the question 'How much food & drink should we take?' is ‘always more than you think is enough’.

Because never mind Christmas, picnic season is the time to eat, drink and be merry - and the last thing anyone wants is a stand-off over the last Scotch Egg.

Luckily, with your fridge close to hand stocked with fresh food you’ve had delivered from Fortnum’s, the mood will remain harmonious.

fresh picnic

3. Remember Food Hall favourites

A picnic requires a great many of things, and ensuring you have a good variety is key.

With Fortnum's classics straight from our famous Food Halls, delight the taste buds of each and every one of your picnic attendees with something scrumptious.

What will be served at your picnic?

picnic rug

4. Meet the picnic essential

A good picnic rug marks your grasstop kingdom for all to see. It gives you an impromptu table-top on which to spread your picnic feast.

When the food is gone and you've progressed to lazy reclining with a glass of Champagne in hand, it's somewhere on which to stretch out.

And should the rain begin to fall, it can even serve as a fluffy and temporary tartan awning to keep the shower at bay should you decide to remain outside. Magic.

picnic rug

5. Always, always bring some Champagne

A self-explanatory point, surely. Champagne is always an essential for a picnic. Just picture yourself enjoying a splendid glass in the beaming sunshine.

And to make sure this glass is chilled and refreshing, make sure you carry it in a suitably stylish wine holder. Designed to hold your favourite tipple of the sparkling, white, red or rosé kind, all that's left it to sip, sip hooray!

picnic bag

6. No squabbling (not even over the last Scotch Egg)

Yes, they are very delicious and yes, they are the ultimate food for a picnic, but that doesn't make them worth arguing over. And picnics in general should be a relaxed occasion.

Kick your shoes off, lay back on your rug, and make sure you've got your trusty picnic backpack.

All that's left for you to do is pack it with good food and drink, hopefully to share with some good company. And what could be better than that?