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Hosting outside: picnic

There’s nothing quite as blissful as being outside surrounded by nature with good food, family, friends and drop of something wonderful to drink. The Picnic is a pleasure par excellence and when done well, can feel as luxurious and decadent as sit-down dinner. Once you’re out of the house, it’s hard to go back, so make sure you’ve planned every detail! Here’s your Clos19 guide to preparing the perfect picnic.

 

SHORT CUTS TO LUXURY

A picnic is no fun if there’s too much mess to take care of at the end. A pretty, lightweight box can serve as the perfect serving dish, then double up as a receptacle for any leftover food. Bring another for used cutlery and crockery or you’ll be scraping off bits of potato salad from various places for weeks!

Choosing wines under a screw cap can also make picnic life that little bit easier and save you fumbling around for the corkscrew – or even bringing one! Go for something vibrant, floral and fresh that will mirror your outdoor view, such as Terrazas de los Andes Torrontés; or Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir, a light and fruity red . Alternatively, a bottle of champagne or sparkling wine offers the same convenience with a luxurious twist. Try a demi-sec with your fruit and pavlova for the ultimate decadent feel.

OUTDOOR ACCOUTREMENTS

Less is more when it comes to outdoor eating accoutrements; you don’t want to be carrying around too many heavy things. To this end, ditch the ice bucket and invest in an elegant champagne ice sleeve, guaranteed to keep your bubbles cool for up two hours. Veuve Clicquot have solved this problem by offering bottles of their Yellow Label and Rosé in a classic, orange sleeve and a stylish, hot pink little number respectively. You could also throw in a bottle stopper so you can take home any left-overs – if you think there will be any. Sadly, glass flutes are a no-no in picnic baskets unless you want shards in your sandwiches and you can’t drink champagne out of beakers of course; it’s just not the same. Luckily for outdoor imbibers, Veuve Clicquot have also created clear acrylic Rich champagne glasses. If you’re after a more traditional shape with a modern twist however, then take a look at Moët & Chandon’s break-resistant champagne glasses in shiny gold and vibrant, metallic pink.