Warm weekends ~ the perfect opportunity for a retro picnic

Now that we’ve entered British Summertime and now that the weekends are finally getting warmer and the weather is ever-improving, I’ve started to feel like its time to dust off the old picnic equipment and get out there for some al fresco dining.

And what better excuse do I need to start shopping for a genuine vintage picnic hamper. I saw this amazing selection of retro picnic baskets at a festival last summer, and although I couldn’t afford to splash out on one of these perfectly coordinated sets, I couldn’t help taking some snaps to drool over. Here are my photos so that we can all admire the retro melamine plates, the jazzy thermos flasks and the dining accessories strapped into the baskets – who knew that a cruet set and lemon squeezer were essential picnic items in days-gone-by?

vintage picnic baskets and hampers with thermos flasks

Just looking at these hampers makes me think of long, hot sunny days, with nothing to do other than lounge in the park with a chilled glass of something bubbly (probably Pimms for me!) and a cucumber sandwich with the crusts cut off. I have a good collection of picnic blankets so I’m ready to set up my pitch for lunch, but I don’t have a hamper yet so I’ll keep rummaging through carboot sales and charity shops until I get the perfect mis-matched picnic set. I’m sure there’ll be lots more warm weekends coming up this summer (fingers and toes crossed) so I’m not in too much of a hurry – I’ll enjoy the hunt for retro picnic bits n bobs and will share my finds with you 🙂


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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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