Tip-top picnic kit

The best blankets, hampers and tableware for dining en plein air

Gary Cooper and Audrey Hepburn on the set of Love in the Afternoon, 1957
Gary Cooper and Audrey Hepburn on the set of Love in the Afternoon, 1957 | Image: Shutterstock

“You can picnic anywhere. On a train, on your balcony or in Central Park,” says Wendy Weston, founder of Perfect Picnic and a professional “picnic organiser”. Weston puts together foodie picnic boxes and also all-in “experiences” that can be set up in a number of scenic locations across New York City. Her latest offering is the Social Distance Picnic Party ($1,000), which includes blankets, pillows and parasols alongside sandwiches, cheese platters, drinks and desserts – with a reminder for guests “to stay two baguettes apart”. Customers can also purchase a Picnic with a Purpose; $10 will send lunch to a local health worker. 

Schoffel Forest/Tweed picnic blanket, £149.95, schoffelcountry.com
Schoffel Forest/Tweed picnic blanket, £149.95, schoffelcountry.com
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Heating & Plumbing London pure new wool waterproof picnic blanket, £125, from wolfandbadger.com
Heating & Plumbing London pure new wool waterproof picnic blanket, £125, from wolfandbadger.com
Voited CloudTouch pillow blanket, €129,90, from voited.eu
Voited CloudTouch pillow blanket, €129,90, from voited.eu
Fortnum & Mason four-person canvas picnic backpack, £190
Fortnum & Mason four-person canvas picnic backpack, £190
Sunnylife Luxe Dolce Vita picnic basket with fold-up wooden table, £130
Sunnylife Luxe Dolce Vita picnic basket with fold-up wooden table, £130
Les Jardins de la Comtesse six-person Marine picnic basket, £138.60 (available from September)
Les Jardins de la Comtesse six-person Marine picnic basket, £138.60 (available from September)

To host your own socially distant get-together, here’s the kit for sitting comfortably, dining stylishly – and, most importantly, keeping the rosé cool. 

Harrods drinks-cooler bag, £45
Harrods drinks-cooler bag, £45
VonShef wine-cooler backpack, £34.99
VonShef wine-cooler backpack, £34.99
Bornn enamel Blush Marble plates and mugs, from £15, from lunaandcurious.com
Bornn enamel Blush Marble plates and mugs, from £15, from lunaandcurious.com
Royal Doulton melamine Pacific dinner plates, £28 for four
Royal Doulton melamine Pacific dinner plates, £28 for four
Donna Wilson bamboo Elements plate, £7.20
Donna Wilson bamboo Elements plate, £7.20
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