Find your perfect picnic style

Make the most of the sunshine and take your lunch alfresco with these perfect picnic accessories.

Whilst the sun has got it's hat on, why not pack up your favourite foodie treats and head outside! Whether you're off to the park, the countryside or the beach, we've got our pick of the best hampers, plates and accessories so you can picnic in style.

1. Vintage-style tea party

vintage suitcase with pretty floral fabric and doilies and ribbon tied cutlery

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Create your own, unique hamper by lining a vintage suitcase with pretty floral fabric. Add a few doilies and ribboon-tied cutlery for the ultimate afternoon tea-party picnic.

Picture yourself sipping champagne, with strawberries & cream and cucumber sandwiches. This dainty set of picnic accessories are for those who love all things pretty; with chintzy prints and a fabulous vintage vibe.

truly scrumptious pretty plates

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Serve up your smoked salmon quiche in style, these paper plates could be mistaken for flea market finds.

Truly Scrumptious Pretty Plates, £4.50 for 12, Talking Tables

bunting decoration with thread

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A leafy tree will not only provide a little shade, but it’s the perfect place to decorate with bunting.

La Petite Rose paper bunting, £4.95, Dotcomgiftshop

embossed acrylic glass with strawberry bobbing around in the bubbles

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This embossed, acrylic glass was made for sipping prosecco with a strawberry bobbing around in the bubbles!

Pretty Embossed wine glass, £3.50, Marks & Spencer

green grass with comfy cushions

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A scatter of comfy cushions means you will be able to laze about all afternoon.

Seat pads, £14 each, BHS

vintage suitcase with spoon and fork

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Whilst the vintage suitcase would be the quaintest of hampers; if you haven't had time to trawl ebay to find one, a ready made hamper, complete with lovely lining might be the answer.

Brookes Cream picnic hamper, £40, Tesco Direct

2. Park life picnic

countryside jaunt lunch with cane basket and cycle and bench

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All from a selection at House of Fraser

For the urban dweller heading out to a green space or for those on a countryside jaunt, these bright and breezy pieces are a cheery bunch ready for an even cheerier lunch!

gorgeous plate with floral print

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This gorgeous plate is calling out for some sausage rolls! But not before eveyone's had a chance to admire the beautiful print.

Paradise Fields large melamine plate, £6, Cath Kidson

meadow hamper with spoon and fork

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Everything you need for a feast for four, there's even a salt and pepper pot so there's no excuse for any bland bites!

Meadow hamper, £30, George Home

mug with floral garden print

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If you're a very organised picnic planner and you've brought along a thermos of coffee for when the sun goes down, then this mug is the perfect partner.

Hothouse floral metal garden mug, £7.99, Argos

eco-friendly and polypropylene rug

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This isn't any ordinary rug, apart from being super stylish, this eco-friendly, polypropylene rug is UV treated, and can be scrubbed clean so there's no need to tell off anyone for leaving muddy footprints!

Diamond light blue indoor / outdoor rug, from £42, Dash & Albert range, Luma

small and colourful containers

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Avoid the inevitable spillage from the foil-and-rubber-band-over-a-bowl scenario. These cute containers are perfect for a variety of dips.

Brights small containers, £1.50 for four, Sainsbury's

3. By the sea

sea side picnic with steel bucket and cushion

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Blow away the cobwebs with some fresh sea air. There's no need to buy fish and chips when you can bring the feast to the beach. Stripes and deep sea blues are a must for this seaside picnic.

gorgeous bottle bag

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This gorgeous bottle bag is an easy way to dress up your picnic with some handsome sailor stripes.

Bottle pouch, £12, Plum & Ashby

bamboo food cover with net

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Sandy sandwiches anyone? Not anymore, this handy cover will keep your food free of that extra crunch and stop any wasps from landing on your sweet treats.

Harton natural bamboo food cover, £12, Habitat

Inky blues melamine cups

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Inky blues are where it's at this summer, stack up these melamine cups and toast to the sunshine.

Santorini set of four melamine cups, £12, BHS

bottle holder attached to hamper

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What genius came up with the wine bottle holder attached to the hamper. Well, if you insist...

Picnic basket for two, £56, Oliver Bonas

blue colour towel

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This hammam towel will double up perfectly as a picnic rug, the sand will be easy to shake out and if you're feeling brave at the end of the day, you can use it to dry off after a quick dip!

Cesme Hammam towel, £22, Urbanara

If you love the coastal look, click here for more of the latest buys for summer.