If we've learned anything from early '00s rom-coms, it's that no summer is complete without a picnic in the park and a romantic kiss in the rain. While we can't guarantee you the latter, we can help you with what it takes to pack the perfect picnic basket.
With most of us spending more time at home, and the summer months on the horizon, it could be time to elevate your at-home al fresco dining experience.
If you're just serving up a simple salad, or have ordered in something fantastic from an Irish business (click here for plenty of ideas), having great tableware and accessories can make it all feel a little special.
We've rounded up some great pieces to enjoy whether you're grabbing a morning cuppa in the back garden, or making an afternoon of it with the family. While many of the bricks and mortar branches of the stores below remain closed, all the products are available online.
SHOP PICNIC ESSENTIALS:
Industry on Dublin's Drury Street is a treasure trove of beautifully-made homewares. These hand-shaped mugs are both microwave and dishwasher safe so they're practical as well as stylish.
Speckled mugs, from €8.50, Industry
They may look delicate but these pretty glasses are actually made from acrylic so are nigh-on unbreakable. Which is always a good thing when outdoor imbibing is involved.
Picnic glasses, €17.50 for four, Designist
Beautiful linen tableware is going to make any casual outdoor dining feel like something very fancy indeed. We love Irish Linen House's range of napkins and table runners - perfectly simple and elegant.
Fusion napkins, €39.99 for two, Irish Linen House
If you're a cheese lover it's worth investing in a great cheeseboard. Based in Dublin, Slated is a family run business creating products from slate. The range includes a selection of cheeseboards, which can even be personalised.
Slate cheeseboard, €57, Slated
These braided coasters from H&M are ideal for outdoor dining - they're made from plastic so they're pretty much spill-proof. There are also placemats in the range too.
Coasters, €7.99 for four, H&M
Salad servers always add a bit of pizzazz to a salad bowl - and this set from Article is gorgeous. They're made from stainless steel so will last too.
Salad servers, €39.95, Article
Aldi has an outdoor tableware range arriving in-store on Thursday 21 May. It includes lots of bits and pieces made from bamboo - including this dishwasher-safe serving set.
Bamboo serveware, €5.99, Aldi
The new Animal Jungle range at M&S is a riot of colour and features all the outdoor (or indoor!) dining essentials, from jugs and glasses to a chip and dip bowl.
Animal Jungle range, from €17, M&S
Bringing a little bit of holidays to your home, the Paul Costelloe Living collection in Dunnes Stores features pretty side plates and serving dishes.
Boats Side Plate, €5, Paul Costelloe Living at Dunnes Stores
This article was originally posted on our sister site, FOOD AND WINE.
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