Interiors| Irish summer picnic essentials

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We’ve picked your Irish summer picnic essentials so all you need now is the food.

 The blanket 


Let’s face it, it’s not going to a scorching summer.

But should we get picnic weather don’t forget to bring a blanket. It doubles as cloth for laying out on the ground or for throwing over your shoulders when that breeze rolls in (and it probably will.)

We love the look of this sea-green blanket because it can be rolled up into a carrier with buckles and a handle for easy storage.

Spring bloom picnic rug €20 from M&S 




The basket 


marksandspencer_982011323592846Another essential for an Irish summer picnic is the basket. These can be pricey, but think of a picnic basket as an investment.

You should get a few summers out of it. Plus it can double as a wine hamper for Christmas.

Heart hamper €60 approx. from M&S



If you don’t want to spend upwards of €50 on a picnic basket, or if you think you won’t get the use out of one (they can be a paitigerstores_9515381519212459n to store),

why not pick up a handy cooler bag?

These bad boys are much more user friendly compared to the chunky coolers that we had growing up.

These reusable cooler bags from Tiger are available with pink handles, but they won’t be in stores until June.

Cooler bag, €5 approx. from Tiger 



The beverages 


Champagne may or may not be your style but every picnic needs a drinks cooler. Whether it’s for the ice cream, prosecco or sparkling water, an ice bucket will keep your cold beverages and desserts perfect for your picnic. If you can’t use ice, pick up some of the trendy coolants available in most supermarkets instead.

Ice bucket, €12 approx. from Tiger 




tigerstores_951538911467851For the final touch, put a bit of oomph into your squash by picking up a packet of these moustache print plastic glasses.

These quirky cups also come in pink and are ideal for barbecues and birthdays as well as picnics.

Plastic cups, €4 approx. from Tiger


All of the featured products should be available from M&S online and in M&S stores this summer. All Tiger products are available from June in stores only.