July is National Picnic Month; the perfect excuse to take some time out with friends and family, fill your basket with tasty treats and spend a day in the sun. To dive into the spirit of things, we've rounded up our favourite picnic foods and matched them with Aspinal accessories so you can welcome a touch of style to the proceedings.
Is there a more quintessentially English snack than cucumber sandwiches? We don't think so. They're light, elegant and incredibly moreish; a must for every picnic basket. Just don't forget to cut the crusts off...
With its clean lines and fresh green hue, the Lottie Purse in peppermint is the embodiment of this classic picnic cuisine. Boasting eight credit card slots, full length note pockets, a zip coin compartment and a receipt pocket, it will keep all your essentials safe within its sleek confines. Be sure to keep it close to hand for an impromptu ice cream run.
A picnic simply isn't complete without juicy cherry tomatoes. Roasted on a quiche, chopped into a salad or served as a side with a drizzle of oil, they're a mainstay on picnic menus.
Echo that inviting colour pop and head down to the park with our Aspinal Essential Tote under your arm. The generous, carry-all proportions are ideal for holding everything you need for a spot of alfresco snacking, from sun cream and sunglasses to your straw hat. The handy detachable pouch will keep necessities such as your phone, cash and cards separate and easily accessible no matter how many supplies you fill your tote with.
We have Fortnum and Mason to thank for our favourite savoury picnic bites and they've stood the test of time to earn their spot on every gingham blanket. They're simple, they have luxurious beginnings and there's more to them than meets the eye, much like our Small Oxford Backpack.
Small but perfectly formed, functionality meets refinement within its relaxed structure, ample pockets and versatile styling. Throw all of your essentials into its roomy main compartment and organise smaller items such as your phone, headphones and sunglasses into its charming, buckle-front pockets.
A glass of fizz on a sunny afternoon is most definitely in order. Popping open a bottle of Champagne always adds a touch of class to a picnic, so maintain the theme with our darling Small Lottie in sparkling rose gold.
The metallic calf leather will look even more beautiful under dappled sunlight and its classic, dainty shape is the perfect accompaniment to a breezy summer dress. Double the chain and slip it on your shoulder or go full length and wear it cross-body; particularly handy when you have an overflowing picnic basket and a blanket to contend with.
Strawberries and Cream
When the sandwiches are nothing but crumbs and the savoury snacks have been eaten, it's time to share out the strawberries and cream. So simple yet so delicious, it tops almost every summer dessert list, and with good reason.
Blend the classic with the new and complement your look with our Stirrup Bracelet in vivid scarlet. Crafted from supple leather and accented by a statement gold toned stirrup link, it's a true conversation starter; a crossover of luxury and contemporary design. The ripe red shade will pop next to crisp, white linen, channelling that instantly recognisable colour combination.