My Family Picnic Favourites

I’ve said it before on my blog but, eating alfresco makes me ridiculously happy! There’s something about enjoying food and drink outdoors, whilst soaking up the sunshine – it just sends happy hormones shooting around my body. This week (Saturday 13th – Sunday 21st June 2015) is National Picnic Week so with that in mind I thought I’d do a round-up post of my family picnic favourites. Hopefully it will inspire you to pack up a bag of tasty goodies, grab your picnic mat and head out for a family picnic.

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1. Hammy Floral Picnic Mat – £30.00

This absolutely gorgeous picnic blanket is from Ragged Rose and features a stunning pink and white floral design on both sides of the mat. On one side the the rose print is on a cotton material and the reverse side has the same print on PVC, making it easy to wipe clean after each use. What I like about this picnic mat is that when you’ve finished using it, you simply roll it up and tie the ends together. I much prefer this to picnic blankets that have Velcro straps because they seem to get messy and ruined very quickly. I now keep this mat folded up in Jasmine’s pushchair basket so I can grab it and use it at any given moment – it’s had plenty of use at the park and beach already.

2. OXO Good Grips Salad Dressing Shaker – £7.69

This nifty little product is a great spill/leak proof way of making up salad dressings quickly and easily. Just add your ingredients and shake it up!  The fact that it’s watertight means it’s perfect for taking your dressings out and about with you for picnics. It’s also handy for storing leftover dressings in the fridge. I love my salads for lunch, especially as I’m on the Slimming World plan, and this has been so useful for making up low-syn salad dressings.

3. Mustela SPF 50+ Very High Protection Sun Spray – £19.79

This stuff has been an absolute Godsend over the last couple of weeks. Jasmine is incredibly fair skinned and I’m always very conscious of that when we’re out enjoying the sunshine. Thankfully this sun spray is easy to use and I know that once it’s on she is protected. It’s not sticky like some suncreams and doesn’t have an overpowering scent either. It’s the best baby and children’s sun protection I’ve used – so much so, I also use it on myself. Now, if Mustela could just invent a way to keep Jasmine’s sunhat on – that would be fab!

4. Can you tell what it is yet?! It’s the OXO Strawberry Huller – £7.99

If you follow my blog then you will know that I am growing my own strawberries this summer so I just had to try this Strawberry Huller which, as you’ve probably guessed, removes strawberry leaves and core – all in one quick twist! I’ve found this works much better on bigger strawberries than smaller ones but it’s quite a fun little gadget. This is perfect if you’ve taken a punnet of strawberries with you on your picnic. Also, it would be particularly useful if you were decorating a cake using lots of strawberries and wanted to get rid of all the leaves quickly and effectively.

5. OXO Twist Top Bottle – £11.99

As a family, we often combine our picnics with a walk or bicycle ride to somewhere first, which in the summer, is thirsty work (particularly if you’re pulling kids along in a bike trailer or pushing them in a pushchair). This large twist top bottle (24oz) is ideal for those pit-stops along the way. I really like the twist top as it keeps the straw inside the bottle, keeping it clean. I’m terrible for not drinking enough water so I’m hoping that having this bottle will encourage me to take a drink out with me wherever I go.

6. BRITA Navelia Water Filter – £19.00

This BRITA water filter would be especially useful for those ‘at home’ picnics or BBQs in the garden. It’s probably the most stylish water filter I’ve seen around (with 6 fab colours/designs available) and it is slender enough to sit in your fridge shelf. There’s an inbuilt electric cartridge exchange indicator to remind you to change the cartridge every four weeks (you can buy a x6 pack of cartridges for around £16). I’ve noticed that our tap water has tasted noticeably nicer since using it.

And, of course, this picnic themed post wouldn’t be complete without sharing some of the yummy things we’ve been enjoying alfresco lately…

My family picnic favourites

As somebody who adores marshmallows, I have always wanted to try a proper American -style S’mores but have never found anywhere in the UK that sells them… until now! Check out these beauties from Anges de Sucre – you can even buy them online and have them delivered to your door. Do it now and thank me later! :)

Corkers crisps are produced just down the road from me in Cambridgeshire. They have a large range of flavours – from Sea Salt to Duck and Hoisin Sauce. However, my personal favourite are the Red Leicester and Caramelised Onion flavour. If you like your crisps to have a proper crunch – these will be right up your street! You can find these crisps available at National Trust properties, the Tate, selected Waitrose stores and also Corkers crisps

We were sent a range of delicious sweet treats from The Fabulous Bakers which have gone down VERY well indeed with my whole family. My favourite had to be the Triple Chocolate Muffins (obvs!), whilst Jasmine couldn’t get enough of the Mango and Pineapple Bars. The range is available to buy from Asda, Ocado and Sainsbury’s from £1.50 – £1.79 – bargain!

Personally, I do not like drinking tea or coffee (I know!) so I tend to stick to water. But let’s face it, water gets boring after a while so it’s nice to finally be able to add some flavour to my drinks when I’m out and about. I now don’t go anywhere without a handy Robinson’s SQUASH’D in my bag. They make up to 20 drinks and cost £2 each, which is obviously much cheaper than buying 20 bottles of flavoured drinks from the shop!

Do you have any favourite picnic products?

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  1. June 23, 2015 / 9:01 am

    I love everything you have mentioned here! That blanket is gorgeous. I love taking the girls to Waddesdon for picnics when the weather is nice. Can we come on a picnic with you please? xxx

    • Jenna June 23, 2015 / 11:02 am

      Thank you, Kat. :) The picnic blanket is even more stunning in real life.

      Oh we would love to go on a picnic with you and your girls – let’s make it happen! xx

  2. June 23, 2015 / 9:14 am

    Little Miss H love heading to Rochester Castle Gardens for a picnic. And all your choices are amazing. That picnic rug is great. I love the design. And as Little Miss H is addicted to strawberries then the strawberry huller sounds perfect. A fab post lovely. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    • Jenna June 23, 2015 / 11:03 am

      Rochester Castle Gardens sounds like a lovely place to go for picncis. The picnic rug is stunning and we don’t leave home without it now. :) Hah, I have your impression of Little Miss H saying strawberries in my head now. “Staaw-bree” SO cute. xx

  3. June 23, 2015 / 10:03 am

    That blanket is lovely, so different and oh my gosh the s’mores look amazing!! What a great round up, we love picnic-ing too and I feel like we take all sorts out with us, probably more than we need but that’s part of the fun. I take those Robinson’s Fruit Squash things with us and the the baby pouches of fruit I chill and give to all three boys, they love them especially if it is hot xx

    • Jenna June 23, 2015 / 11:05 am

      Thank you, Hayley. :) Picnics are the best, aren’t they? I just wish the weather would buck it’s ideas up! I want some proper summer sunshine.

      Great idea with the baby fruity pouches. :D xx

  4. June 23, 2015 / 10:26 am

    Oh I need that blanket in my life and I love the mini Robinson juice we always take one of those away with us, they are great x

    • Jenna June 23, 2015 / 11:07 am

      Oh yes – the picnic mat is right up your street, isn’t it? :) Agreed, the Robinson’s SQUASH’D are great – take one with me everywhere now. xx

  5. June 23, 2015 / 11:24 am

    Everything you mentioned sounds fab! I really do like the picnic blanket….So pretty x

    • Jenna June 24, 2015 / 10:15 am

      Thank you Kim, glad you like my picnic choices. :)

      Oh and the picnic mat is very pretty indeed – it goes everywhere with us now! :) x

  6. June 23, 2015 / 12:46 pm

    I love the look of the oxo things, especially the strawberry hulled! Love a good gadget. The picnic blanket is gorgeous too. I usually chop up loads of carrots and cucumber, make sandwiches and pack fruit and chocolate buttons! Always forget a drink for me though! X

    • Jenna June 24, 2015 / 10:17 am

      hehe, I love gadgets too and OXO make such clever products. :)

      The picnic mat is extremely pretty – I adore it.

      Mmm chocolate buttons – good choice, Julia! ;) xx

  7. June 23, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    You can’t beat a picnic in the sunshine :).
    Love the blanket, really pretty, and the Strawberry huller is very handy too! x

    • Jenna June 24, 2015 / 10:20 am

      Definitely not, it’s one of life’s simple pleasures, isn’t it? :)

      The picnic mat is so beautiful and the strawberry huller is genius! xx

  8. June 24, 2015 / 12:51 pm

    Beautiful! Love the blanket and I am weirdly obsessed with pretty water filters lol. Need that in my life #TriedTested

    • Jenna June 24, 2015 / 4:44 pm

      Haha, I love that you have a pretty water filter obsession. Until BRITA got in contact with me, I didn’t even know they were a thing. Will never own a plain old boring water filter again!! xx

  9. June 26, 2015 / 10:12 am

    Wow I LOVE that picnic mat it is just gorgeous! My boys love a good picmic (as my boy calls it!) We are also big fans of OXO too – love their products. #MonthlyFavourites

    • Jenna June 26, 2015 / 11:15 am

      Haha, I love that your boys call it a ‘picmic’ – so sweet.

      Thanks for stopping by! :) xx

    • Jenna June 26, 2015 / 9:29 pm

      I’ve had a wet bottom many a time for that very reason! Or at least, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!! ;)

  10. June 27, 2015 / 8:20 am

    Love the sound of the strawberry thingy! My husband always tells me off for chopping too much off the top when I’m getting rid of the leaves and stalk and I hate using my thumb, makes me cringe!! Love picnics, eating outside is the best! #summerdays

    • Jenna June 28, 2015 / 10:19 pm

      Hahaha – love that you get told off for ruining strawberries. I probably used to take far too much off too.

      Hope you have lots of lovely family picnics this summer. :) xx

  11. June 27, 2015 / 1:17 pm

    Oh that picnic mat is just gorgeous. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

    • Jenna June 27, 2015 / 9:55 pm

      It really is gorgeous – we used it again today too! Loving our family picnics at the moment. :)

      Thanks for hosting! :) x

  12. June 28, 2015 / 9:16 am

    Lot of love for that picnic blanket, it really is gorgeous. We also love the squashd and they have a permanent place in my handbag too! #summerdays

    • Jenna June 28, 2015 / 10:25 pm

      The picnic mat is a beaut, isn’t it?!

      Squashd are so blummin’ handy – where have they been all my life?! xx

  13. June 29, 2015 / 12:07 am

    Great post Jenna. I just have to try that strawberry huller, it looks so cool! Thanks for linking up with #summerdays xxx

    • Jenna June 30, 2015 / 10:40 pm

      Thanks Katie, the strawberry huller is cool – I feel like a professional strawberry eater when I use it! ;) xx

  14. July 1, 2015 / 2:31 pm

    Your little girl is such a cutie and obviously enjoys her picnics as much as you do! I love that picnic mat – mine is getting pretty tatty so I think I might invest in a new one (better be quick in case the summer goes away again!) I’ve never seen that brand of sincere so I will look out for it, my eldest gets eczema and often gets flair ups from sun cream so I’m always interested in finding one that won’t make her skin go crazy! Thanks Becky x

    • Jenna July 1, 2015 / 3:40 pm

      Aw, thank you Becky – Jasmine seems to be really into picnics. They combine her two favorite things; eating and being nosy! :) I hope summer sticks around for a bit longer so we can enjoy a few more picnics. Hope you find yourself a lovely new picnic mat. :) xx

  15. July 2, 2015 / 1:48 pm

    Ooooh, some really lovely things here. I am now lusting after some smores. The very idea of them sounds awesome! Thanks for linking up with #SummerDays. Hope you can join us again next week!

    • Jenna July 4, 2015 / 11:31 pm

      I think I could quite happily eat s’mores all they long. They were amazing. So glad I finally got to try them. xx

  16. July 2, 2015 / 10:10 pm

    I love that blanket! We too are big fans of eating outside. We have had a bbq the last two weekends and even sneaked one in yesterday. At the weekend we plan to have our first picnic of the year. #monthlyfavourites

    • Jenna July 4, 2015 / 11:33 pm

      It’s gorgeous, isn’t it? :)

      Oh well done on all the BBQs, I think we have to make the most of the weather in this country! Hope you had a lovely first picnic of the year and that it’s the first of many. xx

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