One of the joys of summer is to pack a picnic lunch and head for the beach, mountains or even a nearby park to savor delicious food in the open air. Spotted in June’s edition of Elle Décor, this Goyard picnic trunk comes equipped with everything you’d need for a well-dressed picnic table at the beach – preferably on the French Riviera! Silver cutlery, porcelain plates, crystal tumblers and more are tucked into a leather case in the brand’s signature print. A girl can dream right!?!?
The longstanding European tradition of dining al fresco is a relaxing way to enjoy light, satisfying food and refreshing, chilled drinks. Can you image a better way to create the ultimate champagne experience than with this trunk created by Pinel & Pinel for the House of Krug. Someone wake me up!??!
Goyard and Pinel & Pinel represent the epitome of luxurious picnic dining but not all table creations fetch a king's ransom. When dining at a picnic table, add small touches of unexpected luxury by using a tablecloth, real china and silver. Here are a few of my favorites:
"Cornish Blue" picnic basket: A unique specimen from Great Britain: this willow picnic basket contains the famous blue-and-white-striped ceramic crockery "Cornish Blue", which the Derbyshire potters in England have been producing by hand for over a hundred years.
Picnic trunk at Neiman Marcus.
With Wedgwood fine bone china and crisp white linen this really is the elite in picnic baskets and is presented in a trunk style basket. Each basket. Contains: 4 china plates. 4 wine glasses. 4 cups and saucers. 1 food cooler. 1 wine cooler. 1 tablecloth and napkins. 1 cruet. 1 corkscrew. 1 liter stainless steel flask. 4 stainless steel forks. 4 stainless steel spoons. 4 stainless steel knives.
Wine Lover's Picnic Basket @ William-Sonoma.
Al fresco dining is one of the many pleasures that summertime offers, and one that can be adapted to accommodate a variety of budgets, locations and guest lists. Get creative with your cuisine and accessories and take the party outside...la bella vita awaits!