Patio Picnics have you ever had one? Let me explain…
Now the school summer holidays are here we are chilling and relaxing. It wasn’t always like that. I remember when my son was small we spent our days visiting attractions and museums (I used to know the Tank Museum in Bovington like the back of my hand!) Now he is older we go shopping in London, or to the movies followed by lunch or supper (yessssss!)
Day trips are all very well, but you can end up spending a lot of money. Petrol, entrance fees, snacks and drinks etc it all adds up. So how to entertain your kids without spending too much money? This is one thing I used to do…
It is a bit like entertaining them on a rainy day by making a ‘den’ under the kitchen table with pegs and blankets.
For a patio picnic I round up every cushion in the house, apart from my best velvet ones, heaven forbid! Then I drag out all the blankets and rugs and cover the patio with them.
“For a patio picnic I round up every cushion in the house apart from my best velvet ones… heaven forbid!”
A top tip is to turn the patio furniture around to form a ‘cave like’ structure, then layer and overlap the rugs and simply scatter the cushion and blankets around. More is more with a Patio Picnic, you can never have too many textiles. I even use some astro turf as a base…
Cushions and Rugs
I recently shopped in the Tk Maxx home department and found this marvelous floor cushion for less than £30. I think it looks very much like the Orla Kiely flower pattern. It has a leather handle which makes dragging around the house very easy.
As I was planning a patio picnic I added the 3 cup Bodum french press and this gorgeous set of handpainted plates.
I went with a list but as usual, ignored it once I saw all the gorgeous bargains in stock at my local store…
- Triangle print footstool
- Floor cushion
- Grey patterned Rug
- Beige pattern footstool
Moroccan style textiles are the best for Patio Picnics.
I fancy this whole look to be a little Moroccan in style dont you? Can you see that beautiful, colourful floor cushion? it even has a matching rug to go with. It is my latest obsession I am in love with it.
Both are handmade they are called boucherouite cushions and rugs and are available from beautiful The Moroccan Bazaar you must check out the rest of their home accessories too.
They are perfect for Patio picnics, imagine having the lanterns lit up at night and snuggling under the blankets to watch shooting stars flash by!
These are a few other thing things on my wish list…
Patio Picnic accessory ideas from The Moroccan Bazaar
- Set 6 Tunis Tea Glasses
- Salt and pepper tagine set
- Set 6 Cristo Tea Glasses
- Bolster cushion
- Safi Moroccan Jug
- Myriam Mourabit Turquoise tea light holder.
Decide what meal
My family love a late breakfast brunch, so this is a simple one to start with. Just add warm pastries, fresh coffee, juices and fruit. Job done!
By the way did you know Perrier have just relaunched back into the UK? They have two new flavours too…Perrier green apple and Perrier Lemon
Here’s a non alcoholic drink recipe idea why not get the kids to make it for you, slosh in a secret shot of gin and enjoy the patio party!
Perrier Apple Cinnamon
1-FILL A SHAKER 3⁄4 WITH ICE AND ADD:
– 20 ml (0.7 fl. oz.) lemon juice 10 ml (0.3 fl. oz.) cinnamon flavor syrup
2 / SHAKE WELL AND TOP UP WITH:
– 120 ml (4 fl. oz.) PERRIER® Apple
3 / POUR INTO A GLASS FILLED WITH ICE
You may like to read this post about how I ‘pimped my patio’ as part of the Uk home blog hop tour, then you can go on the tour and see what the others wrote about their gardens?
We have had houses with decking in the gardens, but I dont think you can beat a good old patio!
I’m linking up with ‘Not dressed as lamb’ for her fab #saturdaysharelinkup
bestest wishes to you and yours