There are many events throughout the Summer that I would love to attend.. From the floral delights of RHS Chelsea, through to the sporting events of Henley Regatta and Wimbledon…but it is the series of Opera nights at Glyndbourne that capture my imagination the most…
However, for a dozen practical reasons, the ability to attend everything that we’d like to is impossible for the majority of us, but why should we let that curb our creativity and imaginations…
Can you imagine sitting in the grounds of a beautiful stately home enjoying a sumptuous picnic on the lawn, and listening to the tones of a classic aria? Well, when Sainsbury’s Home asked me to take a look at its’ outdoor entertaining ranges, rather than simply ‘imagine’, I decided to recreate the atmosphere of a picnic at an outdoor classical concert in the comfort of my own garden…
I’ve always been a fan of mixing vintage and antique with new when I’m entertaining, and one of the things that I’m frequently asked by those who have limited access to antique markets, and vintage emporiums, is how to obtain the look of vintage glamour in an affordable way without compromising on style and from the accessibility of the high street…
I chose my picnic essentials from two of the Sainsbury’s Home outdoor ranges. The first ‘Everyday Luxury‘ is full of sophisticated design led pieces with a focus on high quality materials and functionality. The marble effects and wood details lend an air of sophistication with their calming monochrome colour palette, and would look completely at home in both a country and urban setting.
What I particularly love about this range is how it cleverly maintains a sense of luxury – marble effect plates, serving platters and dishes – yet being made from melamine, it’s durable and practical enough for outdoor use whether out and about by the beach, in a field, or in the garden, without fear of dropping, smashing or breaking…
|The ‘Everyday Luxury‘ range has the perfect mix of platters and bowls for entertaining.|
|Little marble effect bowls are perfect for dips & nibbles.|
|Plates and Cushions from the ‘Everyday Luxury‘ Range at Sainsbury’s Home.|
The elements of all of the outdoor ranges are specifically designed to be able to mix and match, and so the second Sainsbury’s Home range that I used was the ‘Urban Living’ Range featuring the perfect utensils for the ‘outdoor cocktail bar’ area of the picnic. The glamorous gold effect ice bucket, cocktail shaker, measuring and wine cooler would look perfect on any vintage inspired bar cart, and these will definitely be as well used and on display inside the house as well as outside during the warmer months.
|The perfect marble topped side table to act as ‘drinks station’for the ‘Tritan’ goblets.|
The ‘Everyday Luxury’ marble topped side table added an extra touch of luxury to the ‘bar area’, and created the perfect platform for the drinks station. My only problem now is that the teenagers are fighting over who gets to put it in their bedrooms afterwards, as it also doubles up as the perfect bedside!
|Perfect for keeping the wine chilled and complete with corkscrew & goblets.|
Corkscrew and extra ‘Tritan’ goblets are housed in this very practical and neat insulated zip up holder – with room for a bottle of something chilled and delicious when picnicking à deux!
|The sun begins to set.|
Four luxury scatter cushions proved to be the perfect accompaniments for lounging comfortably and chicly on the picnic blanket, and of course the hanging Lisbon lanterns with their intricate metal detailing, and Luxury wooden based candles – (which smelled heavenly) – added to the atmosphere as the sun began to set…
|The ‘Lisbon’ metal lanterns begin to glow in the fading light.|
|The perfect Classical music festival picnic from the comfort of home!|
All that was left was to put on my best frock, pour the wine, turn up the speakers, and enjoy!
Until Next Time!
GET THE LOOK!
|Urban Living Coole|
|Urban Living Ice Bucket|
|Urban Living ‘Jigger”|
|Urban Living Shaker|