The Art of the PERFECT PICNIC
Nothing calls for a picnic more than the change of season.
Whether it’s a fresh Spring morning in the Northern Hemisphere or a balmy Autumn afternoon in the Southern half of the world, there’s something about the subtle change in temperature and quality of light, and nature’s cheery response to these changes that make us want to be outside and take an active part in these wondrous happenings. And few social events are more joyous than a picnic in a lovely outdoors spot, shared with friends.
So, arrange your picnic blanket and unpack your cucumber sandwiches, avocado and artichoke tapenade and champagne. Tie a ribbon around your floppy sun hat and sport your flavour-of-the-month Seventies sunglasses. Lie back and enjoy the comfort of the lush lawns, the shade of the tall trees overhead, the smell of freshly cut grass, the sweet aroma of the lavender and roses … and should you opt to picnic by the sea, indulge your senses in the fresh ocean spray and relaxing sounds of the waves crashing on the beach.
We’re adamant to make your picnic something utterly memorable and are convinced a little selection of perfect, hand-embellished picnic baskets and delicious artisan handbags (to house your sunnies, Polaroid and lipstick) will add exponential quality to the experience. We’re throwing in some gorgeous hand-woven picnic blankets and everything else that’ll make your picnic planning dreamy.
I’ll leave you with a few fun picnic facts: Did you know that in the 18th Century picnics were a favourite pastime of the aristocracy and that they were hosted indoors? And in the 19th Century in France picnics were seen as morally decadent and wicked? In fact, Eduard Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe (1862-3) depicted a rather scantily clad female swimmer and a nude woman sharing a picnic with two fully dressed young men in the woodlands. How scandalous!
Things have indeed moved on, so to speak, picnic wise. Today we may not necessarily have root beer and cold tongue sandwiches in our goodie hamper – it’s more likely to be hummous, beetroot & coleslaw wraps and chilled Chenin Blanc, but one thing is for sure, come rain or shine (preferably shine!), as long as there are friends to share our picnics with, we’ll keep picnicking!
Whichever shape your picnic takes – whether your chosen location is the beach, a botanical garden, an open-air movie theatre, a music festival or simply your back garden, I hope your al fresco dining experience brings you much joy!
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