If, like us, you are trying to eke out these last few weeks of summer by spending as much time as possible outdoors, here are some handy hints to help you picnic in style. Whether you are planning a big get-together, an impromptu open-air meal a deux or escaping from your desk with a lunchbox and blanket, we’ve got picnicking covered.
Admittedly, the view below is just about the best spot we’ve ever seen for a picnic, but wherever you are, you can have fun. Ensure you have sufficient space, and are close to amenities like toilets or parking if any of your party might need them.
Try not to overthink this – you don’t want to be lugging half your kitchen cabinet across the fields with you. By taking these essential items you can make sure your picnic goes smoothly, and avoid over-packing. You will need something to sit on: a tablecloth, rug, quilt or beach towel would be ideal. For those who need more comfort take some folding camping chairs. Also important is something with which to carry your picnic. A backpack is perfect if you are hiking or on bikes, but if you only have a short way to go or are in a car you can pack a proper picnic basket. A chic market basket or trusty tote will do just as well.
Other essentials are: a knife with a guard (like this one), a bottle opener (did we mention bubbly is an essential?), a grocery or garbage bag, sunscreen, cling film or containers to transport leftovers home, some gorgeous napkins, and ice-packs or a cooler for meat or food that needs to be kept chilled (use a frozen bottle of water – you can drink it later). Useful extras could include a frisbee or ball, a chopping board and reusable sandwich bags. A clever cheat is to use a cheap shower curtain under your rug in case the ground is damp.
Simplicity is your friend here. A free-for-all pick-and-mix style affair is fun and always looks bountiful, so you can throw together some basic items and still create a beautiful picnic. Grab some good cheeses, cured meats, salads, top quality bread, fruit (watermelon, strawberries or figs are winners), and a desert that won’t melt all over everything. Gooey chocolate puddings are best left at home. Keep your sandwiches from falling apart by wrapping in greaseproof paper and securing with string (like these beauties). A wooden chopping board makes the perfect serving dish to arrange your food on, and accessorised with some pretty linens you will have an Insta-ready feast! If you fancy making something more involved, this picnic loaf looks incredible.
Use Mason jars to store salads or squashable fruits – you can eat straight from the jar, saving on washing up and extra plates. Ensure that you layer the ‘wet’ ingredients at the bottom, otherwise your salad will be soggy and sad. Tupperware containers are great for transporting food and taking leftovers home if you can carry them, but if not make sure you pack heavier things at the bottom of your basket or bag to avoid them crushing the rest of your picnic. Bottles and glass jars can be wrapped in your picnic rug or napkins for protection.
Somehow picnics always seem better with some bubbly, so if you are catering for adults take along some chilled fizz. For non-drinkers, this alternative looks deliciously refreshing. Just pour some good quality lemonade into bottles and top up with some chopped strawberries, sprigs of fresh mint and slices of lemon. Make sure you have plenty of water, of course. Frozen bottles will stay lovely and cold for ages.
There you have it: the recipe for a perfect picnic. We might just keep on picnicking right through to winter – imagine a snow-dusted feast in the frosty twilight!
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With the advent of summer comes the joy of eating, drinking and generally relaxing outdoors. It’s time, then, for some easy ways you can make your outdoor space more inviting and beautiful. Here’s our 5 top tips:
Add softness and comfort to the outdoors by scattering some cushions. This will instantly brighten up your chairs and benches, and pull together your colourscheme. You can even drape blankets or sheets from trees and fill the space beneath with rugs and cushions for a boho-style tipi. If simple is more your thing, stick to a neutral palette to create a serene feel to your outdoor space.
Why save breakfast in bed for special occasions? We think it’s too good not to make time for as often as possible. What better way to start a busy day than with a quiet, contemplative bowl of something beautiful? And it doesn’t have to be anything grand and extravagant – here’s a few simple hints for making the best breakfast in bed.
Break with your normal routine, celebrate quiet time with a partner, read the paper or make a mental to-do list, accompanied by a steaming cup of coffee, sumptuous sheets and some morning sunshine. You just need enough energy to get to the kitchen and back.
Let’s face it – planning a dinner is great, but preparing for it takes a lot of time and effort. The most terrifying and excruciating work that needs to be done before the dinner party is to iron your tablecloths and dozens of napkins. If you are having tough time ironing, maybe you are doing it wrong. When done properly, this work actually doesn’t require a lot of your energy and the results can be quite astonishing – neat lines, no mess at all, that’s how tablecloths should look.
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Quality linen napkins are an essential part of a tasteful setting of the table, whether it’s a casual weekend breakfast with s spouse, a festive dinner or some stylish party for friends. Sizes and designs of linen napkins have varied greatly over the years and today we have a huge assortment of linen table napkins available.
The function of table napkins is very simple – they are meant to wipe food and drink from the mouth, and they also can be used as a protection for clothing while eating. Napkins – and especially linen napkins as they are extremely absorbent – are also used as coasters when serving a drink, or serve as a dishtowel to soak up small spills of liquids at the table.
As we all probably know well – linen fabric or weave is produced of fiber of the flax plant. Its softness, natural origins, durability and strength, as well as its antifungal and antibacterial properties are the reasons linen fabric is loved by its fans for. And of course there are various types of the linen fabrics – distinguished from each other by the texture and weave pattern.
Damask linen fabric is a type that is woven on a jacquard loom, using a mix of plain and satin weaves. The fibers most often are flat and reversible, and therefore damask fabric has a smooth texture with a reversible pattern. To make the design and pattern stand out, damask usually comes in one color and is usually used for linen napkins, linen tablecloths, linen table runners and other home textile pieces.? A variation of damask is a Venise linen fabric. It is very finely textured and characterized by large floral patterns.??
If you use, like we advice, your linen tablecloths and linen napkins in your daily life and do not save them for special occasions, of course there is a need to wash them periodically. Although it is not a tough task, washing linen tablecloths and napkins properly requires being careful in order materials and methods used would not compromise the integrity of the fabric.