There’s nothing better when the sun is shining than dining al fresco. Choose to combine this with a love of exploring the great outdoors then you effectively have a picnic. Whether you want to enjoy a romantic and intimate tete a tete with your bae, accompanied by some chilled champagne, or you prefer to grab all your nearest and dearest and head to the beach with a well-packed hamper, nothing quite beats eating outdoors. You can enjoy a picnic at the beach, by a lake, in a park or basically anywhere that takes your fancy. You could choose to just stay at home and recreate the experience in your own back garden. Food seems to taste fresher eaten outside. With some good company, a chilled bottle of your favorite wine and a picnic blanket to comfortably sit on, you are sorted! So let’s take a look at some of the best and most popular picnic baskets around that will have you dining in style and comfort.
The Best Picnic Basket
Summer is in-coming, and this year you plan to do it in style! No more plastic cups and plates and a cooler bag that’s seen better days. You’re going old school and have decided to invest in a premium wicket picnic basket, complete with napkins no less. With the Natures Gear Wicker Hamper, four of you can join the high society picnic scene with this sensational insulated hamper. Even if you are headed to the park and not to a regatta, why compromise on quality and style? With this cool, retro designed wicker hamper, you will certainly look the part.
Featuring a double latch, it safely secures that chilled bottle of Pinot Blush during transit as well as keeping the dinnerware and wine glasses equally secure within the basket’s internal compartments. Nothing is going to shift while you’re driving or walking to that perfect romantic picnic spot. Internally, this picnic basket set is fully insulated, so hot foods stay hot, and your chilled goods stay cold. It’s an elegant but also durable picnic basket, constructed from strong and flexible stained wicker which also looks sophisticated. Included with your purchase are plates, wine glasses, flatware and napkins for four guests along with a bottle opener.
High quality, attractive wicker construction
Equipped with four sets of dinnerware plus wine glasses
Fully insulated lining for custom temperature control
Secure double latch closure
Durable, flexible, portable and sophisticated
- BrandNature Gear
- Weight1 pound
You will most definitely look the part with this Household Essentials picnic basket by your side this summer. Created by Whitney Design for Household Essentials, it provides service for four, all presented in a chic and sophisticated square shaped basket with a stunning arched center. Made from natural willow, it’s fully lined with an attractive cotton plaid material and has two separate hinged lids with restraining straps to keep all your contents secure in transit.
Inside this picnic set, there are four melamine dinner plates along with four polypropylene glasses, so you don’t have to worry about anything smashing or cracking. They’re also lightweight and easy to clean. You also receive stainless steel flatware with a knife, fork, and spoon provided along with a bottle opener and a handy salt and pepper shaker set. It’s a large and spacious picnic basket which is easy to carry thanks to that arched handle. You can combine it with one of the best picnic blankets from our list.
High quality, sophisticated natural willow construction
Service for four people with wine glasses included
Attractive plaid lining
Securing straps keep all items safely in place
Two separate hinged lids open from the center
- BrandHousehold Essentials
- Weight6.79 pounds
Our next best picnic basket set is from Best Choice products and is a two person set which contains everything you and your partner require for a romantic al fresco date. Not only do you receive this elegant and traditional looking wicker picnic basket but it also contains a beautiful blue, and white tartan fleeced blanket so that you can recline and dine in style. The blanket flues a PEVA waterproof underside so that you won’t get a wet bottom sitting down on slightly damp grass!
Best Choice Products 2 Person Picnic Blanket set features a spacious blue paid cotton covered interior along with PU leather straps that add to the overall design aesthetics but also help to secure your dinnerware in transit. Talking of which, included with your set you also receive a chopping board, bottle opener, cotton napkins, pepper and salt shakers, as well as two plastic wine glasses and plates. Stainless steel cutlery is also included along with a cheese knife. What better way to spend a decadent summer day than having your very own cheese and wine party in an idyllic location.
Beautiful wicker basket with attractive lining
Service for two people including a chopping board and cheese knife
Tartan fleece blanket provided with waterproof backing
PU leather strap detailing keep all items securely in place
Spacious interior has plenty of room for food and drink
- BrandBest Choice Products
- Weight5.2 pounds
We love this premium designed deluxe Yellowstone woven wicker basket that manages to fuse the traditional with the contemporary. This large and roomy wicket picnic basket is perfect for taking to the park and delivers a complete dining set for two with porcelain plates and even a cotton tablecloth so that you can really dine out in style. Not only that, but it also contains a hardwood cutting board along with a cheese knife and of course, a waiters corkscrew. Did someone say cheese!
The suitcase case style design is efficient and handsome looking with leatherette straps which secure all your dinnerware in place. Picnic Time has been producing elegant and sophisticated picnic baskets, totes and wine baskets since 1982 so you can be sure of a quality product, suitable for a wide range of occasions. Even more reassuring is the fact that the manufacturer offers a built to last lifetime guarantee. What are you waiting for? It sounds like picnic time to us! If you like having picnics, check out our guide to the best folding tables.
Gorgeous Yellowstone Moca deluxe picnic set
Features double willow construction with premium leatherette fastenings
Co-ordinated tablecloth and cotton napkins included
Comes with 6-inch cutting board and cheese knife
Carry handle as well as shoulder strap
- BrandPicnic Time
- Weight8.65 pounds
While our next best picnic basket recommendation may have a more premium price, it really is a stunning 4-service picnic set which has been constructed from the finest willow. This gives the Greenfield Collection Somerley Willow hamper durability and robustness while at the same time being lightweight and easy to carry. It really is a superb and very elegant looking picnic hamper.
This deluxe picnic basket set comes with a matching midnight blue and white striped picnic blanket which can also be used as a table cloth. Inside this generously proportioned hamper its lined in places with the same elegant blue and white striped fabric design. Greenfield Collection has also utilized genuine leather straps, hinges and a carrying handle which all add to the contemporary and quality look and feel of this hamper. It’s lovingly crafted and includes high-quality china plates and stainless steel cutlery to enhance your al fresco dining experience.
Picnic in style with this luxury four-person hamper
Lovingly crafted from the finest buff willow to be robust yet lightweight
Beautifully accented with chestnut leather and polished gold metal hardware
Includes a matching picnic blanket
Comes with a food storage container and insulated cool bag
- BrandGreenfield Collection
- Weight9.9 pounds
Another excellent option from Picnic Time, specially created for those of you out there who love their cheese and wine! This beautifully crafted, insulated wicker basket would make a wonderful wedding or anniversary gift for a special couple who enjoy the finer things in life. Picnic Time Verona Insulated Wine and Cheese Basket is fully lined and has a practical as well as elegant dual-lid design so that you can very easily access the contents of your wine basket. It’s sturdily constructed from robust and hard willow and has been designed and built to last.
With leatherette accents, it certainly does look the par from the outside, but inside is no less of a disappointment. It includes two each of wine glass and cotton napkins along with a bottle stopper, corkscrew, cheese board, and cheese knife. You can safely stow and secure two of your favorite bottles of wine inside this Picnic Time Verona hamper, and it features a set of sturdy canvas carry handles. Our handy guide to the best beach blankets features more great products like this.
Insulated wicker cheese and wine basket
Fully lined internally with easy access dual-lid design
Included corkscrew and bottle stopper as well as a chopping board and cheese knife
Premium leatherette accents add to the design aesthetics
Backed by a built to last lifetime guarantee
- BrandPicnic Time
- Weight5.5 pounds
If you are budget conscious, but you still want to look the part for a family picnic in the park, then this Von Shef 4 person wicker picnic set could be the best choice for you. Despite its highly reasonable sub $40 price point, this is a lovely looking hamper which is both stylish and durable. Featuring a two-tone wicker design, it’s traditional styled and contains everything you and your family need for a lovely al fresco dining experience.
The intuitive design features plenty of internal pockets and straps to hold all your dinnerware and cutlery securely in place, leaving plenty of room for those all important provisions. The set contains 4 of everything including stainless steel knives, forks and spoons, ceramic dinner plates, cotton napkins, and plastic wine glasses. You also receive a salt and pepper shaker as well as a bottle opener. Feast in style with this charming wicker picnic basket set from Von Shef.
Traditional four-person wicker basket set
Contains all the flatware a family of 4 will need
Charming two-tone wicker design
Interior pockets and straps hold tableware securely in place
Everything you need for the picture perfect picnic experience
- Weight7.25 pounds
From Inno Stage, this is a lovely two-person Willow wood picnic set that comes with a soft and fleecy blanket so that you can enjoy that picnic on the grass in style, without getting wet too. That’s because the attractive blue and white striped rug also features a waterproof lined bottom. Inside the basket is lined with the same contemporary blue and white striped design and even features co-ordinated napkins. The hamper itself is made from sturdy and robust willow with a PU handle.
Inside the picnic set, you can safely stow and transport all those picnic essentials. Included with your purchase, you receive stainless steel cutlery, dinner places and wine glasses, napkins along with weight a bottle opener and salt and pepper shakers. All the items are guaranteed safe and fully approved by the FDA. For luxurious style outdoor dining, treat yourself or a loved one to this wonderful willow wood picnic basket. Find more great products like this by checking out our guide to the best camping chairs.
High-quality vintage style 2-person picnic set
Complete with striped waterproof picnic blanket
Durable construction with convenient PU carry handle
Two sets of tableware and cutlery included
The perfect romantic and thoughtful gift
- BrandINNO STAGE
- Weight5.07 pounds
Another fabulous picnic basket from Picnic Time who has specialized for nearly 40 years in creating a wide choice of traditional and contemporary styled picnic sets. This Piccadilly hamper from their range has been designed with two people in mind and is in an attractive and retro-inspired red and white plaid design. It’s sturdily constructed and features premium leatherette accents which securely hold all your items in place.
With its easy access double-lid design it’s both stylish and practical, and it comes with all the tableware and cutlery that two people will need for a top-notch al fresco dining experience. There are two shatterproof glasses included along with a stainless steel waiters corkscrew and two sets of stainless steel flatware. The integrated handle adds to the vintage appeal of this Piccadilly picnic basket.
Superb retro inspired 2-person picnic set
Fully lined internally with red and white plaid fabric
Easy access double-lid design with integrated handle
Two sets of all flatware and tableware included
Backed by a built to last lifetime guarantee
- BrandPicnic Time
- Weight6.61 pounds
For those of you that really like the traditionally styled picnic baskets of days gone by, then you will love this Country picnic basket from Picnic Time. It’s bound to make you feel nostalgia and have you channeling your very own Dorothy from Wizard of Oz! The picnic basket features a removable, machine washable, red and white gingham lining and has split access, dual entry-lid design which itself can be used as a dining surface. A sturdy grab and go handle completes this iconic looking old school picnic hamper.
Timeless and classically designed hamper
Features a removable red plaid lining which is machine washable
Split-lid design for easy access
Wooden lid provides perfect flat dining surface
Sturdy integrated carry handle
- BrandPicnic Time
- Weight2.45 pounds
The Origins Of Picnic
Today we associate the word picnic with enjoying an al fresco meal, normally in scenic surroundings with friends and family on a glorious summer day. Picnics are particularly popular in parks, at open-air theatres or concerts, enjoying a day at the horse racing or a regatta or even at the beach (although no-one likes sand in their cucumber sandwiches!). They’re either family orientated days out or can be an altogether more romantic occasion, enjoyed by just two people and frequently associated with strawberries and cream, chilled champagne and an assortment of delicious finger food! To enjoy a picnic, besides good company, food, and drink, a picnic basket, as well as a picnic blanket, are worthwhile investments although many parks and recreation ground may have purpose-built picnic areas with tables.
The word itself can be traced back to 1692 and has its origins in the French language where it was referred to as a pique-nique. Initially, it was associated not so much with dining al fresco but rather with eating in a restaurant and taking your own wine along. Picnicking as we know it today being the act of eating outside was especially prevalent in France following the French revolution when it became more acceptable for ordinary folk to visit royal parks and enjoy a day out with their families. Picnics were fairly grand and elaborate affairs back in the day that took days of preparation and were much loved social occasions.
The term picnic first appeared in the English language in 1748 and is credited with being derived from the French pique-nique. In the early 19th century in London, a group was formed called the Picnic Society, which was a social gathering where all the participants were expected to contribute towards the entertainment and the refreshments. While the official meet-ups petered out, the concept of the picnic lived in and is popular today in various places around the world.