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    National Picnic Week

    National Picnic Week

    If you weren't already aware, this week is national picnic week. Here at Daisy Park this is quite exciting to us because not only do we love a great British picnic, but we've got some really rather lovely goodies to make it a perfect one.

    If the weather is kind to us this summer we're sure lots of you will ne making the most of it and having picnics at every opportunity. So if you're as serious about making a perfect picnic as we are, here's a little something for you to snack on.

    The star of the show here has got to be the gorgeous Emma Bridgewater bamboo crockery. The designs are timeless and so is the quality, so you can be sure to use these for years to come. The bad news is they're discontinuing this glorious range soon so be sure to grab your bits whilst you can!

    The last thing you want on your picnic is sitting on grass that's still slightly dewy and standing up to that damp feeling on your bum, so a blanket is essential. If you want to go for a more stylish option then the Atlantic Blankets are just gorgeous. Plus, we've heard rumours that the White House brought some of their blankets to take back with them after they were in Cornwall for the G7 summit so there we go, White House approved.

    Keep your cold drinks cold in the sun and your hot drinks hot with an iconic Chilly's bottle. No need to worry about having to drink warm water on a hot day, definitely a picnic essential. Grab one of their food pots as well to keep warm foods warm or cold foods cold, such as soup.

    For sandwiches and other cool items, the Eco-Chic cool bags and lunch bags are great options. Not only are they sustainable products due to being made largely from plastic bottles, but they're also great quality and come in some lovely designs too.

    And to put it all in? Hinza bags are ideal picnic bags thanks to their practical design. Easy to wipe clean, sturdy and of course plenty of gorgeous bright colours, you won't regret buying one of these.

    New Home Treats

    New Home Treats

    If there's one thing this pandemic has done, it's that it's made us far more aware of our surroundings. Whether it's sparked a new found love for the beauty of where we live, or provoked a realisation that perhaps it's time for somewhere new, it's probably impacted us all in some way. And with that, it would seem that many of us are making moves to new homes and new areas perhaps more than ever.

    Sound familiar to you? Well, if you know someone who has just moved house or is just about to, here is the blog post you might need to give some inspiration on what gift to get them. Throw in a card and you're good to go.

    Trays

    It can sometimes be difficult to know what homeware to get someone if perhaps they have a specific style or already have plenty of mugs, plates and dishes etc. But often a good tray can go overlooked and there are some really gorgeous ones available. Take the Asta Barrington ones for example, which are bright and beautiful and you can even choose one with their favourite drink or phrase on if you like. Or there's the Emma Bridgewater trays for those who love the classic country look, these are practical gifts too as they're a good size and sturdy.

    Tins

    Sticking to alternative homeware, tins are another brilliant option. Not only are they really useful (you can never have enough tins, right?), but again, there are also some really lovely designs out there - the Emma Bridgewater ones being an obvious choice. You can fill them with goodies to add to the gift too, for example getting some luxury crackers and popping them in a cracker tin, or filling a biscuit barrel with their favourites.

    Candles

    A common gift choice for a new home, but for a good reason. A good quality, delightful smelling candle can be a real treat as a gift. You could opt for the Country Candles New Home candle to mark the occasion, or instead go for their favourite scent, or a reed diffuser from St Eval that they can easily spruce up an empty shelf with.

    Austin Sloan Signs

    For those whose homes follow a more rustic theme and who like a bit of humour, an Austin Sloan sign will always go down well. They can be hung in any part of the house or garden, and are a great way to bring some extra personality to the place.

    East of India

    It wouldn't be a special occasion without some sentiment from East of India. If it's just a small token you want to give, or a little extra piece to add to the main present, a trinket might be perfect.

    Gift Vouchers

    If you're still feeling like they already have everything they need, or you're not sure on their style yet, sometimes a gift voucher is the best you can give. That way they can save it for when they might need it, or choose something they've had their eye on for a while.

    Cards

    And finally, you can't forget a card! The Emma Bridgewater one is one of our all time best-selling cards, so naturally had to get a mention, and it really is lovely. But there are other options too and all are gorgeous. Now your gift is complete!

    The Eco Edit

    The Eco Edit

    Here at Daisy Park our range of eco friendly products is growing all the time. It's exciting to discover new goodies that not only bring some happiness to us, but also a little to the environment too. With Earth Day coming up on the 22nd April, we've been thinking about this more than usual, and thought it might be useful to put together a blog post on all things eco-friendly that we sell here in the shop so that if you're also feeling inspired to be even kinder to the planet, then you can start right here with knowing that when you buy one of these lovely products, you're playing a small part in a big movement towards a sustainable future - pretty cool right?

    Blue Eyed Sun

    First up we're starting with a little bit of newness. These fabulous Bioloco Loop bottles from Blue Eyed Sun are our newest style of fun, reusable drink bottles for your everyday use. Made from double walled stainless steel, these will keep your hot drinks hot for around 18 hours and cold drinks cold for about 12. They have a convenient silicone handle for easy carrying, and their gorgeously unique design means that yours will easily stand out.

    We also have some beautiful decorative bowls from Blue Eyed Sun that are actually made from real coconuts! These lovely little things would be a handy and stylish way of storing all of those bits and bobs that are difficult to find a home for, like keys or spare coins.

    Hinza

    In recent years Hinza have increasingly been making their glorious bags from 'green' plastic - a material made from sugar cane which is a renewable source. These can also be recycled, so not only are they sleek, handy bags for all of your daily needs, but are also super smart and sustainable. It's a win win.

    St Eval

    All of St Evals wonderfully smelling candles are made from vegan friendly waxes and as of recently, now come in plastic-free packaging. They're made fairly locally to us in North Cornwall with planet friendly methods in mind and quite frankly, we just love them.

    The English Soap Company

    Cruelty free, vegan friendly, and plastic free packaging - need we say more? The English Soap Company is always one to be relied upon for sustainable products that will certainly leave you smelling far better than you did before. Plus, and the clue is in the name here, their lovely goodies are made right here in the UK so less carbon footprint which is always a big benefit.

    Eco-Chic

    Once again, the clue is in the name here with Eco Chic. We're big fans of their reusable face masks which have become such an essential over the past year. They're made from plastic bottles, as are the lunch bags, so they really are helping to make a difference little by little.

    Atlantic Blankets

    A blanket might not be something you'd expect to be connected to the planet, but Atlantic Blankets certainly make it so. They're made from ethically sourced wool which also happens to be a 100% organic material, and we now stock a couple of their recycled cotton blankets which are just as heavenly with the added bonus of also being sustainable. Not to mention that the timeless style of these blankets mean that you can keep them for years to come, and steer clear of the fast fashion industry.

    Frugi

    Finally, here's one for the kids. As the UKs leading organic children's clothing brand, Frugi provides reliable yet fun and vibrant products for your little ones that are kind to the planet. The bags are made with recycled plastic bottles and the clothes are all made from ethically sourced, 100% organic cotton that we must say, is super soft too. Frugi know how to make sustainability colourful with many beautiful designs that the kids will love to show off in the playground or in the park, you can't go wrong.

    So there's some of our favourites of the brands we stock who really are doing an excellent job at being kind to our magnificent world. We're always working to do better ourselves, by reducing plastic in our parcels and in pre-covid times, providing a water filling station to top up your reusable bottles in the shop amongst other measures. But above all, we're a work in progress and learning along the way, as everyone is. So, if you're feeling inspired by the upcoming Earth Day and want to start shopping more sustainably, these are some wonderful gifts and treats that you can buy knowing you're doing exactly that.

    Daisy Park's Picnic Essentials

    Daisy Park's Picnic Essentials

    Nothing says summer quite like a Great British picnic. Whether you like to go all out with disposable barbeques and Pimm's, or keep it simple with sandwiches and nibbles, there's just something about it that you can't beat. Now that lockdown is slowly easing and the weather is warming, many of us are probably going to be having even more picnics than usual this summer. So we thought we'd put together a little guide on all the things you might need so that all you need to add is the fun bit: food and drink!

    Perfect Picnicware

    Sturdy and easy to clean, the Emma Bridgewater melamine sets were made with picnics in mind. You can clunk them almost anywhere without having to worry about breakages, and their classic, beautifully British designs will compliment any view.

    Something to Sit on

    When it comes to the picnic blanket, we like to keep it stylish. Atlantic Blankets are an ideal choice here as not only will the ultra cosy wool provide a comfy alternative to scratchy grass, but the lovely designs will make you feel like you're having a luxury picnic in no time.

    Stay Hydrated

    As the weather heats up and we find ourselves out in the sunshine, it goes without saying that we need to drink plenty of water. So ensure the whole family is staying hydrated with a bottle for everyone. Frugi have fun designs for the kids, and for the adults these fabulous new bottles from Blue Eyed Sun are just gorgeous. Uniquely designed with practicality in mind, they're insulated so will be sure to keep your water cool all day. There's also Dopper bottles which are great for popping your favourite tipple in as they can be taken apart to become a little wine glass - perfect for the adults!

    The Picnic Bag

    Now, you'll be needing something to put all of these bottles and plates inside. We suggest a large Hinza bag for this as their strong, practical design means that they'd easily hold all of your bits and bobs. They're easy to wipe down in the case of any spillages, and their vibrant colours make them look splendid in the summertime. You can even buy a cover or inner bag to go with them for extra protection.

    Keep the Bugs at Bay

    Finally, this ones not an essential but might come in handy if you've got wasp haters in your family, or want to avoid mosquito bites if you're picnic is continuing into the evening. The Country Candle large fresh cut herbs candle will compliment the smell of the great outdoors whilst keeping those pesky little insects at bay so that you can keep your delicious food to yourself. Plus as the sun slowly goes down, it'll help provide a touch of ambience to your summer evening.

     

    Though there are still restrictions on our life in other areas, isn't it wonderful knowing that we can at least enjoy being outside with the ones we love now? We hope this gives you inspiration for the many picnics we'll all probably be having this summer, and gets you excited for good times ahead!