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Picnic Perfect by Ailie Williams

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The lovely Ailie Williams is back with another sweet guest post. Enjoy!  

We are having somewhat of a ‘heat wave’ in the UK at the moment. This is such a rare experience that there is a little bit of a mad panic to make sure we make the most of it, as I think we all know it probably won’t stick around for long. 

Picnics are the truly British pastime that we all know and love, sandwiches, strawberries, fields and friends. Yet with the recent dreadful weather we are all a little bit out of practice. I went on the hunt for some seriously lovely gear to take with you on your picnicking adventures that will make you look like pros even if inside you’re feeling a little rusty.


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1. Lou Harvey is a gorgeous South African brand that is one of my current 

favourites. I have several of her picnic cooler bags and also some other 

carry-all style ones. I guess you could say she is the equivalent of Cath 

Kidston over there – the patterns and little details on her work are 

beautiful. There are a few stockists in the UK  which you can find here.

2. No one want a soggy or sandy sandwich and luckily these little pouches 

solve all these problems and also come in some rather lovely designs – 

win win! Not only are they great for picnics, but they are fab for packed 

lunches too. You would definitely be the cool kid if you had one of these! 

3. Lugging around cutlery can be a bit of a burden when trying to 

find your perfect picnic spot. These cute little wooden, patterned 

forks are perfect as they are light, funky and the fact they are 

not plastic adds a little luxury, no? 

4. If you’re anything like me, you can’t go very long without a cuppa. It may 

be sunny, but I still need my tea fix, therefore, a flask is in order. I love 

enamel & I love blackboards – the two combined it a pretty ideal product. 

5. Fear not everyone, I haven’t forgotten the main part of the picnic – the 

rug of course! You’ve got to have something nice to sit on for a leisurely 

afternoon or you’ll have a pretty sore bottom and potentially ants in your 

pants if you aren’t careful. Oil cloth ones are obviously better as spillages 

and damp ground then aren’t an issue and when you combine it with a 

rather lovely pattern, such as this one, it makes it even better. 

6. Now, seeing as you have got all the kit, you may as well invite some 

friends to go with you and what is more perfect that setting the scene 

with these adorable invites…I’d be happy to receive one of those any 

day…hint hint, nudge nudge! 

Thank you so much for this beautiful, Summery post Ailie. I'm now excited to have a picnic this weekend, are you? x


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