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May 2, 2013

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Hannah Needham runs This is Your Kingdom with her partner Rebecca, a trusted place to share and discover lovely things to see and do in the UK. They are always on the look out for curious adventurous types to join their team of writers. Hannah lives in London with her husband James and spends her free time exploring the delights of the British Isles from hidden foodie hangouts on a remote Cornish peninsula to secret spots to go cloud-watching.
With spring finally here we’ve found ourselves day-dreaming about ways to spend those long happy sunny days ahead, such as leisurely bicycle rides across country meadows and long blustery walks on the beach. From grand adventures to simple pleasures and all the curious nooks in-between, we firmly believe there is no better way to spend a summer’s day than gathering friends and family together to indulge in a proper English picnic. With May Day bank holiday nearly upon us, and the sun’s hat firmly on – this seems the perfect time to share a few thoughts on how to make yours super special.

Pretty Pastel Picnic

When it comes to picnicking, preparation is key. No need to buy anything overly fancy, all that’s required is a bit of imagination and a few little accessories – less plastic, more vintage, and definitely not a sweaty ham sandwich in sight. Pop your (homemade) goodies in an old wicker picnic basket (this can also be used as a table once emptied) and store any (chilled) bottles in a cooler pack, taking ice if you possibly can – the ultimate picnic luxury. In our experience it’s definitely worth going to the effort of transporting proper plates, cutlery and glasses too. Elderflower fizz just isn’t the same supped from plastic. Rather than a picnic rug consider pack a vintage tablecloth with matching napkins and throw in a couple of striped wooden deckchairs, cushions and a warm blanket too, in case it gets chilly.
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[1. Balloon photograph by LolasRoom 2. Small wicker picnic hamper by The Discerning Magpie 3. Pastel bowls by CrolAndCo 4. Paper party straws by ChambyandCor 5. Vintage jelly moulds by MyVintageStudio]

What to Take

Being outdoors tends to bring out a real sense of adventure so make sure you pack enough bits and bobs to keep everyone entertained. A camera is a must, perfect for recording happy memories and capturing any exciting discoveries you might make. A guide to nature is also a great source of delight – we’ve been known to spend hours looking up names of wild flowers and insects discovered during our adventures. Make sure you take along a little notebook too so you can record your finds. If you’re lucky enough to own a vintage bicycle be sure to pack this too as it’s a lovely way to explore the surrounding area. Alternatively, those feeling less energetic might like to spend the afternoon reading a Penguin classic under the shade of a tree or listening to Radio 4 on the Roberts radio.

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[1. Brass binoculars by CollectCurios 2. Vintage Kodak camera by TLSOE 3. Screen printed notebook by finestimaginary 4. Penguin paperback by kipperbone 5. Vintage bicycle print by oohprettyshiny 6. Vintage book of British flora by HedgerowHome]

What to Wear

To ensure the ultimate leisurely day out, it is vital to dress accordingly. Shed those stiff winter layers in favour of something that encourages you to adopt an altogether more relaxed pace. There is something wonderfully whimsical about wearing a floaty summer dress, especially one with a billowing skirt made from soft vintage fabrics (Liberty’s our fave). Avoid looking overly twee by teaming this with a chunky necklace, distressed leather belt and over the shoulder satchel – perfect for keeping your necessities (especially your camera) within arms reach whilst cycling. As it’s May Day, a pretty flower garland for your hair is a must.

54 comments

  • Melmike said 6 years ago

    Sweet selection!

  • chainchainchained said 6 years ago

    Very Cute!

  • CuriousLemon said 6 years ago

    Can't wait for beautiful summer days !

  • CoralHome said 6 years ago

    SO lovely! Love the pastel colors and vintage items! I'll keep this in mind for when I go on a picnic! Thank you!

  • MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Love it, especially the pastels! Really pretty!

  • ASParkerJewellery said 6 years ago

    Great blog! I love that wicker picnic hamper! :D x x

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry said 6 years ago

    Cool colors and finds. I remember paper straws from when I was a little girl

  • Bostonstclair said 6 years ago

    lovely finds :)

  • thelittlemarket said 6 years ago

    Loving these fabulous finds!!!

  • happymaxdesigns said 6 years ago

    Nice choices and love the blog!

  • DarkBluebell said 6 years ago

    Beautiful and inspiring. Definitely fodder for day-dreaming!

  • theowlshop said 6 years ago

    Lovely!

  • nat1489 said 6 years ago

    Love that leather necklace!!

  • ToDieForVintage said 6 years ago

    Love pastels

  • ebkriley said 6 years ago

    Such a nice range of items-- all make me want to plan a vacation!

  • cottonbirddesigns said 6 years ago

    Lovely read, great finds!

  • LivingVintage said 6 years ago

    Nice picks, love the Liberty fabric!

  • LoverofLeonard said 6 years ago

    There is something so understated about getting back to nature and pic-nicing in the woods with loved ones! If the snow ever leaves Canada, I would love to partake in an afternoon like this :). Thanks for sharing!

  • BunnyInDisguise said 6 years ago

    I'm inspired! I think a picnic this weekend is in order!

  • tresameyerdesigns said 6 years ago

    You've inspired me to wear a floaty summer dress today! Love the vintage binoculars. Great article!

  • agebo said 6 years ago

    Very dreamy, must plan a day at the park!

  • materialrat said 6 years ago

    I enjoyed this article so much! Dreamy finds!

  • sukran said 6 years ago

    such great picks, Congrats to all featured shops!!

  • ADifferentWindow said 6 years ago

    Is it ok if my bicycle isn't vintage? Also a bit worried about the billowing skirt of my floaty dress getting trapped in the wheels and/or chain and causing an accident - maybe i should include a first aid kit (vintage of course)

  • BountifulWoods said 6 years ago

    Perfect! Soon the snow will completely melt and the wildflowers will begin to bloom. I can't wait to spend a day just as you've described!

  • NirvanaRoad said 6 years ago

    Great blog and love the spring finds. It's nice to unplug and explore new areas!

  • WhisperingOak said 6 years ago

    Great picks for these feature. I love that leather purse

  • StillVintage said 6 years ago

    I am so glad you including some reading in the picks

  • lmouer said 6 years ago

    Beautiful collection!

  • mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    Sitting on the grass under a tree reading is my favourite summer pursuit, & luckily it's perfect picnic weather here in the UK right now. But a sunny Bank Holiday week end? Seems unlikely! LOL

  • gardenmis said 6 years ago

    Yay for May and outdoor picnics! Beautiful selection! :)

  • knitsbycaitlin said 6 years ago

    So lovely! I want to go on an outdoor adventure now.

  • katrinaalana said 6 years ago

    Great finds! Thanks for sharing them.

  • HandPaintedPetals said 6 years ago

    Very fun to read and some terrific ideas here. Most of all, inspiring to do something different! Can we call go outside and play now? Let's make a field trip for a picnic! Thanks very much!

  • TopRackPinup said 6 years ago

    very pretty!!! great collection for summer

  • JacyDesign said 6 years ago

    Dreamy days for fun. thank's for the inspiration!

  • gilstrapdesigns said 6 years ago

    Great article and I'm clicking and looking at all of the websites of the different business. I love it!!!

  • alexingebritson said 6 years ago

    Love the vintage flair in the "what to wear" section

  • colorada said 6 years ago

    Love the ambiance and colors...great article :)

  • adakarinaaello said 6 years ago

    Love this thank you! I've been looking for picnic ideas <3

  • CharmingShopLove said 6 years ago

    My dream come true - pastel picnics! This post is heavenly and I'm thrilled about all the adorable items here. So many ideas! Thank you for sharing.

  • sarahmoon503 said 6 years ago

    All the ideas really do make a picnic sound fun, the guidebooks is a really good idea: bird and wildflower books.

  • GracefullyGirly said 6 years ago

    All these lovely things certainly make me want to take a leisurely bike ride and stop for a picnic in the park!

  • janicewd said 6 years ago

    Very nice pics. Wonderful for summer picnics.

  • LoveButtons said 6 years ago

    Just right for the Summer - lovely :)

  • leahleaf said 6 years ago

    adorable!

  • iammieCLAYshop said 6 years ago

    Nice picks. :)

  • artpower said 6 years ago

    lovely

  • artsmaidan said 6 years ago

    great ideas!

  • BirchAndWillow said 6 years ago

    Love this! Pastels are so beautiful!

  • poplovedesigns said 6 years ago

    A very adorable post, I must say. We did the whole picnic thing for my birthday last year and it's totally worth it, but it seems to me there's one thing missing here... FOOD!!!

  • Nemki said 6 years ago

    As another lass from Cornwall UK, this is beautiful- and what a lovely photograph to draw you in! Great work x

  • vividiy said 6 years ago

    Princess of the kingdom charm bracelet

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    Rosemary Wascher from DarburyCottage said 6 years ago

    Love the vintage look of the photo's. Very nice.

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