Preparing for a Perfect Picnic and a Banging Barbecue

Eating outdoors is one of the pleasures of the spring and summer, but you have to be prepared if your perfect picnic or banging barbecue are going to go off without a hitch. Here are some ideas and product suggestions for successful al fresco dining.

From plates, bags to and sand removing powder from your hands, here are some of our favourite things for throwing a perfect meal out. All you have to do now is find somewhere picturesque ready for you and your family or friends, then be prepared with all the essential accessories that will guarantee a perfect day out.

Bring a touch of the wild to picnics and parties with these four Melamine Tumblers. Each one features a beautiful animal design. £23.99 from

Lunch has never been so stylish! Adorned with a cheeky tiger design, this lunch bag keeps lunches fresh for longer. Perfect for days out, It has a full zip closure to keep the contents secure and a wipe-clean, food-safe lining. The Tiger Lunch Bag costs £14.49 from

A British innovation which makes outdoor cooking effortless, from pizza to BBQ grilling to smoking, all achieved with one multi-purpose outdoor oven, the Charlie Charcoal Oven. Powered by charcoal: a sustainable biofuel.

Charlie works as a pizza oven, a bbq grill and a smoker. It’s big. A Charlie Oven has plenty of room to cook a whole meal at once or multiple pizzas in just three minutes.

Charlie is designed for the British weather and year-round cooking, not just on fine weather days.

Charlie is made by hand in Nottingham, using steel with ceramic insulation, in ten striking colours to live and cook all year round outdoors. You can do it all in the Charlie Oven with ease. So say goodbye to standing over the BBQ or having multiple devices. Best of all, it’s incredibly fuel efficient. A little charcoal goes a long, long way in a Charlie Oven.

These Matte Melanie Animal Bowls are shatterproof and bring a little colour to outdoor dining. They come in a set of 4 and have 4 different designs included. £24.99 from

This 900ml stainless steel lunch box makes it easy to take your food with you and even includes a bamboo lid that doubles as a chopping board that is Anti-bacterial. The Meal Prep Lunch Box costs £29.39 from

No more sandy sandwiches when you try to eat on the beach. The all-natural beach powder makes your beach experience much more enjoyable. Beach Powder effectively removes all excess sand from your hands so you can pick up your snack sand free. Beach Powder costs £10.99 from

Keep food hot or cold for 4 hours with the collapsible wicker lunch box that even doubles as a seat and even has straps to carry with ease. The Wicker Picnic Cooler Seat costs £30 from

Plastic forks and forks are harmful to the environment so no better way to upgrade the cutlery than with Mnched, the travel cutlery set includes a premium knife, fork, spoon, and travel straw that comes in a handy travel case. Reuse over and over again each set is slightly different as the marble effect on each is never the same. Cutlery Set costs £27 from

The briefcase with a twist, once opened it neatly unlocks a BBQ which will make cooking on the beach swift and easy. The BBQ Briefcase costs £110 from

Pitch your blanket and use the Gingham Picnic Blanket that is stain resistant and easy to wipe clean and remove crumbs, spillages, and sand. At 200 x 140 cm it folds up in a neat little pocket and comes with 4 pegs to stop it from blowing away. The Gingham Picnic Blanker costs £22.50 from

See also: The Coronation – Charles & Camilla’s Quiche Recipe

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