Everything you need for the perfect picnic in the park

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Here's everything you need to spruce up your picnic in the park. Photo: Getty Images

As NSW residents look forward to some restrictions being eased in September, one of the big changes is that vaccinated people who don't live in an LGA of concern will be allowed to sit in a public place and have a picnic. 

To make your outdoor dining extra special, we've rounded up some of this summer's picnic essentials. Even if you're having a picnic in your backyard, these items might make your sandwiches just a little bit tastier:

The Beach People Picnic basket, $199

Pack your picnic in style with this beautifully made basket. The handmade cane baskets are fully insulated to keep your food cool, and the lid is made of wood so it doubles as a cheeseboard. There's a zip to keep food safe, an easy-to-wipe interior, and a wooden handle. The best bit? It fits a champagne bottle inside. 

The Beach People Picnic basket
The Beach People Picnic basket, $199. Credit: The Beach People

Meteor Foldable Picnic Blanket, $32.99

Make sure you're not sitting on itchy grass with this fleecy, flamingo print blanket. It's a good size, is easily foldable and comes with a shoulder strap so it's easy to carry. There's also a zip storage pocket so you can keep keys and phones safe. It's available in several patterns including stripes and animal print.

Meteor Foldable Picnic Blanket, $32.99

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Sanctuary Studio, Wildflower 35cm Mango Wood Platter, $69.95

Serve up your sarnies in style on this beautiful mango wood and enamel serving platter. Designed in Australia and handmade by artisans in India, it will bring a touch of chic to your lunch. It's 35cm across, so it's big enough for plenty of food. There's a matching serving bowl too. 

Sanctuary Studio, Wildflower 35cm Mango Wood Platter, $69.95
Sanctuary Studio, Wildflower 30cm Mango Serving Bowl, $92

TakeAway Picnic 3-in-1 Cooler Chair Jungle, $39.99

If you don't fancy sitting on the grass, try this chair. It folds up in to a backpack, and also works as a cooler bag. It's lightweight, portable and has a front pocket perfect for storing valuables. A great picnic addition if you have people in your group who can't sit for a long time on the hard ground. 

TakeAway Picnic 3-in-1 Cooler Chair Jungle, $39.99

TakeAway Picnic Floating Wine Glass, $3 each

These clever floating wine glasses are made from plastic, and have stands that can be wedged in the sand or the ground to stop them being knocked over. They also float in water - perfect for beach days or pool parties. What more could you want?

TakeAway Picnic Floating Wine Glass, $3 each

La La Land Plate Set Aussie Aussie Aussie, $27.99

Kitsch up your picnic with this melamine plate set, featuring Aussie animals playing some of the nation's best loved sports. Great for kids and adults, they're non breakable, and dishwasher safe too. You can buy matching bowls too for the same price.

La La Land Plate Set Aussie Aussie Aussie, $27.99
La La Land Plate Set Aussie Aussie Aussie, $27.99

Artisan Foods Hamper, $164.00

Treat yourself to a gourmet hamper for a special occasion. This excellent selection includes a lovely bottle of wine, handmade lavosh, mini melting moments, olives and roasted pepper antipasto, plus various other chutneys, nuts and sweet treats. It's the perfect antidote to soggy sandwiches. 

Artisan Foods Hamper, $164.00
Artisan Foods Hamper, $164.00. Credit: Gourmet Basket

Sans Drinks

If you're looking for non-alcoholic beverages for your spring picnic, look no further than Sans Drinks. The non-alcoholic drink superstore stocks everything from alcohol-free gin, rosé, beer and even champagne. The website also lists some non-alcoholic cocktail recipes to really spice up your picnic hamper. 

Sans Drinks
Sans Drinks is a non-alcoholic drinks superstore. Photo: Instagram/SansDrinks

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