Make The Most of The Sun This Weekend and Picnic In Style with These Outdoor Accessories - The Gloss Magazine

Make The Most of The Sun This Weekend and Picnic In Style with These Outdoor Accessories

the sun is finally here and we are gearing up for our prêt-à-porter summer with these outdoor accessories…


Up your style credentials with a classic basket and blanket combo: Fortnum & Mason is synonymous with luxurious alfresco dining (available at Brown Thomas). Choose their blanket with water-resistant backing and built-in carry straps. Or opt for a large Irish Picnic Basket by John Hanly – rugged and hardwearing in lots of plaids; €79.45;

Eau de Nil Fortnum’s Backpacker’s picnic bag, €82, Fortnum & Mason at Brown Thomas.

Eau de Nil Fortnum’s Backpacker’s picnic blanket, €55, Fortnum & Mason at Brown Thomas.

Bamboo Vendôme picnic basket, €149;


The right chair will spruce up your outdoor space. Spacesaving director’s chairs, classic outdoor staples, will last a lifetime. Detach and clean the canvas or upgrade when needed (with new canvas; Home Shop Ireland’s acacia wood director’s chairs are a good option, €111.95;


Melamine plates and serveware are practical options for alfresco dining, whether you are entertaining outdoors at home or packing a picnic. These days you can buy melamine tableware that is as chic and colourful as the tableware you use at home, but a lot more practical and easy to pack.

Blue wave plates, €16 for four, at Marks & Spencer.

Orange Aimone melamine plate, Mario Luca Giusti, €26;

Sealife dinner plates, €52 for four;

Whale platter, €69;

Sealife melemine palatter, €31.95;


Nothing beats lazy summer afternoons spent on the beach. You’ll need a good parasol for protection from the sun – classic cream or white is always smart – and it should be easy to carry and unfurl.

Check out the canvas Premium Beach Umbrella in antique white above; it comes in a perfectly portable carry bag and can be set up in less than a minute), €299; At home, upright parasols are a good choice for a small garden. Wider “cantilevered” parasols are best in bigger gardens.

Sun Protective Water SPF 50, €39.99, Lancaster Beauty, at counters nationwide.


Pastel washed linen tablecloths conjure a lazy summer mood. Think dusky pink, soft grey and chalky white. Another plus? No need to iron!

Pearl grey linen tablecloth, €69;

Aqua linen tablecloth, €49.99;

Rose linen napkins, €22.39 for four;

Blue and white stripe Icons cotton tablecloth, €119;

Blue stripe cotton/linen napkin, €35 for four;

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