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The first picnic of the year?

With temperatures looking good for the bank holiday weekend (the timing! the timing!), we think we might just be brave enough for the first picnic of the year. While hardier souls may have been eating outside for the last few months, we have been holed up inside, pining for sun like a forlorn lizard, and it’s not until now, that we feel ready to take the leap. And leap we do. We’re going ALL OUT for picnic chic. Here’s what’s on our picnic wishlist….

Kissing Robins hamper, £85, Anorak

Kissing Robins hamper, £85, Anorak

If you’re going all out, you’ll need a picnic basket and this one from Anorak is lovely. With cutlery, ceramic plates, wine glasses, napkins and a bottle opener, for four, it brings a touch of country chic to the proceedings.

Picnic rug, £150, Cox & Cox

Picnic rug, £150, Cox & Cox

Picnic rug, £65, with bag, £105, The Garden House

Picnic rug, £65, with bag, £105, The Garden House

More of a duvet, than a standard old rug, this striped little Cox & Cox number (£150) is made for lazy day lounging. It might be a pain to lug around, but once you’ve set up camp, you won’t be moving for hours. Or try this gorgeous Hamptons-esq rug from The Garden House. Machine-washable and vinyl backed, it’s practical and pretty.

Water bottle, £4.95, White Shore

Water bottle, £4.95, White Shore

If you have room in your hamper, you might want to include this French-style water bottle from White Shore. Fill it with water, wine, whatever…

Skybar insulated wine cooler, £20, John Lewis

Skybar insulated wine cooler, £20, John Lewis

…although if you want wine, you’ll probably want to keep it cold.

Minaret salad plate, £12, Anthropologie

Minaret salad plate, £12, Anthropologie

There’s nothing like an oversized salad plate piled high with lettuce, blue cheese, chicken, green beans and avocado..

Truly Scrumptious straws, £3.50, Talking Tables

Truly Scrumptious straws, £3.50, Talking Tables

I love the retro feel of these yellow and white striped straws. Very 1950s picnic chic.

Jam jar arrangement. Image Jam Jar Flowers.

Jam jar arrangement. Image Jam Jar Flowers.

If you’re trying to impress, why not fill a couple of jam jars with some flowers?

Food for Friends & Family, £30, Sarah Raven

Food for Friends & Family, £30, Sarah Raven

And for something to eat, pick up a copy of Sarah Raven’s brilliant Food for Friends & Family. Not only are the recipes wonderful (and split into seasonal categories) but the pictures are stunning. Or try these delicious suggestions from Skye Gyngell.

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