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
The ZORMY Huntsman Willow Picnic Basket is probably the most impressive picnic basket on this list. If you really want to impress your loved ones, this is the basket you need. It takes the whole idea of al-fresco dining to the next level. Made from high-quality natural reed wicker, it has a beautiful cotton interior and comes with everything you need for a posh picnic. Inside the basket, you get four ceramic dinner plates, four wine glasses, four cotton napkins, four sets of stainless-steel utensils, and a stainless steel corkscrew. All you need is a bottle of wine and some delicious gourmet food.
Dimensions: 19″ x 12.5″ x 16.5”
Made from high-quality natural reed wicker
4 x ceramic dinner plates, 4 x wine glasses & 4 x four cotton napkins
4 x stainless-steel utensils and corkscrew
- Weight9.73 pounds
When you close your eyes and imagine a picnic basket, you’re probably imagining something like the California Picnic Basket Natural Woven Woodchip. Sure, it’s slightly smaller than you might expect (12.8” x 7.8” x 6.5”) but there’s still plenty of space for lunch for two people. It’s made from eco-friendly woodchip, making it tough and waterproof. That means if the ground is wet, it won’t seep through to your food. It also has a red/white gingham liner, giving it that traditional picnic basket look. Overall, if you’re looking for the perfect basket for a romantic picnic, this is the one for you.
Dimensions – 12.8” x 7.8” x 6.5”
Made from eco-friendly woodchip
Red/white gingham liner
Waterproof from the underside
- BrandCalifornia Picnic
- Weight9.6 ounces
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
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
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
California Picnic makes some of the best picnic baskets on the market. We’ve already featured one of their empty baskets but here’s one that’s stacked with extras. This California Picnic Basket Set measures 15” x 7.8” x 10.5”, is made from natural brown wicker, and has faux leather handles. It feels super high-quality and looks great. However, it’s what’s inside that makes this basket stand out. It’s designed for two people and comes with ceramic plates, stainless steel cutlery, and plastic wine glasses. On top of that, you get two cotton napkins, salt and pepper shakers, and a bottle opener. As if that isn’t enough, it comes with a waterproof oversize blanket (57” x 57”) that matches the napkins and lining of the basket.
Dimensions – 15” x 7.8” x 10.5”
Made from natural brown wicker
Faux leather handles
2 x plates, cutlery, and wine glasses
2 x cotton napkins, salt and pepper shakers, and bottle opener
Waterproof blanket (57” x 57”)
- BrandCalifornia Picnic
- Weight4 pounds
Okay, so this might not technically be a ‘basket’. It’s not made from interwoven strips of wood, which means it doesn’t have that classic picnic basket aesthetic. However, we thought this Folding Picnic Basket Cooler deserved a place on this list. The reason? It’s probably the perfect way to transport food and drinks to your picnic blanket. Made from rugged polyester and featuring a tough aluminum frame, the basket can easily accommodate enough food for a small family (and a feast for a couple). It’s fully insulated and has a leak-proof lining, so your food will stay at the right temperature and won’t leak out if something spills. Plus, it comes with a lifetime warranty, which means you can really trust the quality.
Dimensions – 18.5” x 11.5” x 10.5”
Tough aluminum frame
Rugged polyester bag
Fully insulated and leak-proof
Aluminum swivel handles with padded hand grip
- BrandPicnic at Ascot
- Weight2.2 pounds
The HulaFish Foldable Insulated Picnic Basket isn’t a traditional wicker picnic basket but it’s a great way to transport food and drink to your favorite picnic spot. It’s made from sturdy oxford fabric and has an insulated lining, so it will keep the contents at the perfect temperature. It kind of fits into the middle ground between a cooler and a picnic basket. Measuring 16.5” x 10.6” x 11”, it has a total interior space of 8.5 gallons. That’s plenty of space for a picnic for two people. You could probably fit a family picnic inside, but it would be a stretch. Other features include a collapsible design, a soft-grip handle, and a zippered pocket on the outside.
Dimensions – 16.5” x 10.6” x 11”
Interior space – 8.5 gallons
- Weight1.94 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.