Now I’m no Michael Fish, but even I can tell that the weather recently has been WEIRD. One minute it’s dark, stormy and bucketing it down with rain, and the next the sun is shining and we’re all getting hot and sweaty on the train journey home. The number of times I’ve either been caught out without a brolly and adopted the drowned rat look this week, is probably equal to the number of times I’ve wrapped myself up in a thick coat and boots and then proceeded to perspire silently all the way to work. And I’m sorry but you just can’t trust all those weather apps out there! Even they seem to contradict themselves by the hour.
So who knows what weather we’ll be blessed/punished with this bank holiday weekend, so it seems, that just like the Scouts, we must all be prepared for all eventualities. With that in mind, I’ve put together a little shopping round up so that whether you’re planning a picnic in the park or a barbecue in the garden if the sun’s out, or you need a new brolly and ideas to keep busy in the rain, it’s all here for the taking! COME ON THE SUNSHINE!!!!
You’ll find lots of fabulous summer buys at Poundland, including picnic ware and lanterns. From £1.
I love the idea of this fabulous outdoor rug from Cuckooland. If your garden or outdoor space lacks comfy grass to sit on, then a popping down a waterproof rug creates an instant area to picnic on. Carry bottles of pop (or prosecco!) in a pretty wicker basket like this one from Achica and transport food and provisions in a perfectly packed hamper. This one is from Design3000.
Pack up a picnic and head to the woods, park or even just the garden! Sophie Allport has this lovely Pheasant print cool bag, £32 and matching roll up picnic blanket, £35, perfect for a romantic lunch alfresco! Or if the whole family needs catering for, then this Iconic picnic hamper, £55, from Aga Cookshop has plenty of room for provisions.
1. Floral 4 person wicker picnic hamper, £124, Littlewood. 2. Tweedmill pure wool picnic blanket in rainbow stripe, £98, Amara. 3. Freezable wine cooler in ziggy design, £14.95, Cuckooland. 4. Kate Spade NY Picnic plates, set of 4, £26, Amara.
1. This mini bbq can easily be carried to a sunny spot, plus it’s ideal for camping. Portable kettle charcoal barbecue, £4.99, Dunelm 2. Tropical tableware, napkins and cutlery will help make you feel sunny inside, even if it isn’t outside! Tropical Fiesta range, from £3.50, Talking Tables. 3. Brighten up drinks and cocktails with these pretty patterned floral straws, £3.75, The Oak Room. 4. This barbecue set includes a two-pronged fork, a spatula, basting brush and tongs to enjoy the perfect party with friends and family. £29.95, Annabel James. 5. Painted the brightest of pinks and shaped like a bucket, this novelty barbecue will still fulfil its function while adding colour and humour to your garden. £65, Out There Interiors.
I’m so impressed with the range of picnic and party ware available at Sainsbury’s this summer, all their ranges have matching plates, napkins and tablecloths, as well as fun honeycomb decorations. So when you’re stocking up on burgers and buns, be sure to pick up some paper plates and napkins too! 1. Coastal stripe range, from £2. 2. Hanging pineapple decoration, £3 for 3. 3. Fun fruit table cover, £3.50. 4. Fun fruit paper plate, pack of 8, £2.25 all Sainsbury’s.
So if the heaven’s decide to open, but you’re planning on making the most of the great outdoors anyway, then make sure you can stay as dry as possible with some fun wellies and umbrellas. 1. Floral wellies, from a selection at Hunter. 2. Watermelon umbrella, £15, Paperchase. 3. Butterfly mid height wellies, £32.50, White Stuff. 4. Botanical floral umbrella, £15, Paperchase. 5. Strawberry umbrella, £5, Tiger.
The old ‘if you can’t beat them , join them!’ springs to mind sometimes, so rather than getting bank holiday blues because of the persistent down pours, turn that frown upside down, embrace the weather and purchase one of these happy-go-lucky, upbeat prints. 1. Dance in the rain print, £29.95, Iapetus. 2. Diamonds in the rain print, £48, Freya Art & Design. 3. Life’s isn’t about print, £14, Notonthehighstreet.com.
1. If you can’t be outside BBQ-ing or Picnic-ing this weekend, how about staying in with this aptly named Rainy Day icing set, £65 from Biscuiteers. Mix, Bake, Eat would be my mantra! 2. Or if you’re feeling creative, why not put your feet up and get crafty with this Bright Blooms Embroidery kit, £22, from InSpaces. 3. Or if all else fails, and you’re at your wits end, just pour yourself a drink and relax! With this amazing Bramble Cocktail Case, £185, from Tippleworth, you can be your own barman and mix delicious gin cocktails in a flash. Lets hope for rain then eh!?
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