The perfect picnic at home
When thinking of the summer there’s always one activity that springs straight into our minds.
Picture heading outdoors, think of mouth‐watering food, then imagine basking in the warm sunshine. Have you guessed it yet? Of course, it’s the UK’s favourite pastime, the much‐loved picnic! Here at Portmeirion we think every dining moment should be transformed into a special moment, that’s why in this blog post, we’re sharing our favourite ways to create the perfect picnic at home.
The time of paper plates and squashed sandwiches are well and truly behind us, and the summer months
of beautiful settings and scrumptious food are in full force. And the true beauty of the occasion? You
can enjoy a picnic from the comfort of your own home, bliss!
Now on to the biggest question of all ‐ how to have the perfect picnic? That’s easy, simply keep in
mind what you want to achieve from it, then incorporate those aims into the food, tableware and
setting. If you want to create a romantic picnic, a classic picnic or a family picnic, then look no
further than our handy guide!
How to create a romantic picnic at home
If you’re like many others across the country and choosing to stay in rather than go out, then a romantic picnic at home is the perfect way to keep ‘date night’ romance alive. When creating a romantic picnic setting, texture and colour are key. For a romantic hue, opt for the colour pink, and use a soft textured blanket as your base. Nothing sparks a more romantic finish than fresh flowers, so head deep into your garden and pick a few blooms.
Next up is choosing your tableware. To keep the pink theme flowing, select our Sara Miller London Portmeirion Flamingo Collection featuring pink prancing flamingos, and the best part? The collection is melamine, so there’s no need to worry about any accidental breakages. When thinking of how to create a romantic picnic at home, there’s no need to stick to traditions. Picnics don’t always need finger sandwiches and sausage rolls, sometimes a selection of desserts and a bottle of bubbly is all you need to create the perfect romantic picnic.
Creating a classic picnic with Portmeirion Botanic Garden
Picnics at home have never looked so good thanks to Portmeirion Botanic Garden. A classic collection featuring beautiful botanical illustrations decorated on each piece, there’s never been a more appropriate picnic range. Pick up your picnic basket, fill it with Botanic Garden dinner plates and a selection of your favourite nibbles, and head outdoors for a beautiful garden picnic. When creating a classic picnic setting, subtle shades are the way forward. Picture soft woods and crisp whites. After laying your picnic blanket, accessorise with large cushions for a comfortable sit.
Next up, it’s all about the food. The key to perfect picnic food is
shareable pieces that don’t make a mess, but certainly still deliver on taste. One of our favourite
picnic items are deliciously cheesy puff pastry cheese twists, a simple yet perfect picnic staple that
are easily eaten from our Botanic Garden dinner plates. To create them, simply follow these quick
and easy steps:
1) Heat your oven to 220c (gas mark 7)
2) Unroll your puff pastry and dust with two handfuls of parmesan cheese
3) Fold your pastry in half
4) Flower your surface and roll it out until the thickness resembles a £1 coin
5) Cut your pastry in to 1 cm strips, then twist them four times
6) Place your twists onto a baking sheet, and sprinkle with more parmesan
7) Bake for 12 minutes until golden
8) Leave to cool, then serve on your Botanic Garden dinner plates!
And there you have it, Portmeirion’s favourite ways to create the perfect picnic. Be sure to snap a photo of your picnic setting and send it to us on social media for your chance to feature on our channels.