Get ready for National Picnic Week with these alfresco dining essentials

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  • Whether you head to the beach, a local park or your back garden, we’ve got everything you need for the perfect summer picnic

    With National Picnic Week (13-21 June) just around the corner, now’s the time to update your picnicware. From patterned napkins and tupperware to soft woollen throws, we’ve got all the essentials you need for a superb summer picnic.

    Perfect for an outdoor feast for four, this Kissing Squirrels traditional wicker picnic hamper from Anorak has everything you need for some sophisticated alfresco dining. The smart hamper contains ceramic plates, wine glasses, cutlery, salt and pepper shakers, and a bottle opener, as well as printed napkins. We love the playful squirrel print in soft shades of white and blue (above).

    These quirky Jelly & Cake napkins (above) from Thornback & Peel take us back to childhood birthday parties. The cotton napkins are 45cm sq and come in a set of four – an ideal accompaniment to your alfresco lunch or a lovely design to spruce up your dining table at home.

    Save on washing up by using paper plates, napkins and cups for your picnic – and these Fun Fruit designs (above) from Sainsbury’s are just the ticket! We love the tropical colours and mouth-watering fruit motifs that adorn these bright picnic accessories, it almost seems a shame to throw them away. Shown are Fun Fruit paper plates, 8 pack; napkins, 20pack; paper cup, 8pack; honeycomb straws, 10pack; cake picks; hanging pineapple decoration, 3pack; table cover, 120x180cm; Brights cutlery; and curly straws.

    Unless you don’t mind sitting on the grass, a blanket is essential for your summer picnic. This Moorland heavy-gauge woven wool throw from Within is a handy multitasker; it’s large enough to use as a picnic blanket in summer and warm (and snuggly) enough to use as a throw in your home in winter. It comes in two colours, but we particularly like the striking mustard tones of Gorse (above).

    If you are looking for some new plates for summer, look no further than the pretty Anmut Flowers plate (above) diam 27cm, from Villeroy & Boch. Made from porcelain, it has a bright design of watercolour-inspired flowers in bloom that will make a unique addition to your picnic setting.

    No one enjoys squashed sarnies, so make sure you transport them in some handy plastic containers. This Joseph Joseph nest of five storage boxes (above) is just the right size for all your picnic treats and when they are not in use they can be easily stored inside one another.

    For more summer picnic ideas, check out these best picnic buys from the high street.

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