By Lulu Gwynne
When the weather is gorgeous and you have a pantry of goodies, pack everything and off you go!
Sometimes it does help to be a little prepared. So here are a few of my tips to be ever ready for a perfect picnic:
Dress for the day
It should be a sunny day for your perfect picnic. so to choose the perfect dress to spend the day in, think about how comfortable the dress is to sit in. Anything tight around the waist is bad news for digestion and also don’t choose anything too short — the chaps don’t need a flash of your undergarments whilst enjoying their eats.
Don’t forget a blanket!
Genteel folk who picnic in the outdoors must show a commitment to a day of lazing and indulging, by having an essential summer luxury of a wool or cashmere blanket on which to spend the day. Don’t forget fans and pillows and sun hats. One’s delicate skin can be saved by having a sun umbrella- choose a light colour shade and decorate with pretty bows and frills.
Picnic hampers are beautiful to keep all your eating equipment in but the food itself is best stored in a cool bag or box. Do not turn up with plastic bags! If in doubt borrow these types of things from a kind neighbour!
Taking games to your picnic is so much fun. Think boules, a pack of cards or if you want to frolic with lawn games. A croquet set is key to an afternoon well spent.
On your picnic, it’s essential to bring beverages. White wine and rosé wines are very good for a picnic. Champagne is encouragable as its perfect to accompany things like smoked salmon and picnic foods.
For cool drinks try a refreshing lemonade or ginger beer! Much needed after all that exhilaration from lawn games.
For a period picnic use your vintage china, depression glass; packed safely using your linen napkins.
What about the food I hear you cry? What delicious goodies you could pack?
Our favourites are tea sandwiches with salmon and cream cheese, thin slices of ham or chicken with asparagus with vinaigrette, rice salad with celery, nuts and raisins, a fruit and cheese plate and to complete your picnic plenty of fresh strawberries, a Victoria sponge and lashings of good cheer!
Lulu Gwynne is the proprietress of the stylish and charming Betty Blythe