Things to make life better and easier for you.
1 Sainsbury’s outdoor essentials including sundae glasses, bowls, lolly kits – from £1.
Get everything you need here for a spot of al fresco dining.
Brightly-coloured plastic makes these picnic essentials safe to use outside in the garden, on the beach, or in the park.
2 Dining set, £106, from Dunnes Stores.
If you’re eating outside you’ll want to do it in comfort and this pretty bistro-style table and chairs will do the job nicely.
3 Coloured glass jam jar lanterns, £3, from Matalan.
Turn your garden into a little slice of paradise with these pretty glass lanterns.
Creating the right mood will make your party go with a swing – and there’s nothing like soft lighting to get the vibes in place.
4 M&S two-person picnic rucksack, £25.
If you don’t like lugging around heavy bags and dining sets, this handy rucksack will do the job for you.
Inside there’s room for all the basics, plus food, and the whole thing then fits snugly on your back.
5 Two-person wicker picnic basket, £35, from Next
Do it in style with this attractive picnic set.
All your plates, cutlery and glasses fold away into the traditional-style hamper with enough room left to fit your food.
6 Sixteen-piece picnic set, £26.99, from amazon.co.uk
Be prepared for even the largest family gathering with this 16-piece set made from hard-wearing melamine.
You’ll have enough plates, side plates, bowls and mugs to keep everyone well-fed.
7 Wine goblets, £1.48 each, from Wilkinson
Just because you’re dining outside doesn’t mean you have to let standards slip.
8 Strawberry serving bowl set, £8.50, from Next.
Cheap and cheerful, this salad bowl set will come in handy at any outdoor event.
9 Dip set, £16.78, from Tesco
Make sure your guests feel that they’re enjoying the luxuries of life without you having to sacrifice your best crockery to the perils of a picnic.
10 Picnic blanket, £10, from Matalan.
Get comfy on this roll-away picnic rug.
As well as folding up neatly for easy storage, it will also be a bright addition to any picnic.