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    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!

    Spring Freshness

    Spring Freshness

    Now that April has arrived and Easter celebrations have commenced, it's finally looking like Spring might actually be here. This year feels particularly special as that message of new beginnings seems to be one that rings true for all of us. Brighter times lay ahead and Spring is a hopeful reminder of that.

    So in celebration of the new season, we've chosen some glorious goodies that we think captures all things Spring. From Tulip ranges by Emma Bridgewater, to fun Jellycat characters and even a candle to get your home smelling like fresh flowers.

    A famous flower of Springtime is a Tulip, and the new Emma Bridgewater goodies in this design are simply lovely. Serve a spring salad in the gorgeous bowl, or use the jam jar for some very pretty storage, or even as a vase for some real tulips to add some colour to your home. We also love the Gisela Graham mini mugs & jugs in their Spring designs, they're simply yet so pretty.

    Jellycat probably has a toy for all four seasons, so their characters need a mention here. Whether you stick to the tulip theme or go for something more along the lines of Easter such as a lamb or chick, they'll bring an extra dash of joy to your home that's for sure.

     

    Get yourself smelling like Spring with one of the English Soap Company's glorious scents. Bluebells are another iconic spring flower, and the bluebell & jasmine soap is always a popular one here in store. Or perhaps stick to the daffodil theme and choose the narcissus & lime range for a fresh, zingy scent.

    Whilst we're on the topic of scents, you can give your home a refresh too by making it smell like a spring meadow in the sun. St Evals Spring Flower collection is the obvious choice here, but there's plenty of sweet and floral scents from Country Candles, plus these new Gisela Graham candles will also add a touch of colour and pattern if you like your candles to look the part as well.

     

    There you have it! With these fabulous bits your home will be ready for the new season in no time, forget the spring clean! Now all you need is some fresh daffodils and a supply of hot cross buns to see you through to summer and good times.

    Easter Treats

    Easter Treats

    We adore Easter. It's our favourite time of year here at Daisy Park because we get to decorate the shop with bright and colourful decorations. This year, the Easter celebrations we can have must be small and outside only, but why not go all out for it? After all, we missed last years, so get those decorations out and tidy up your gardens for an egg hunt, because Easter is on and here's the inspiration you need to get ready.

    The tradition of sending a card has had a real comeback over the past year, and we feel it's become a real part of people's lives again, which we love. For those special people you won't be seeing this Easter, send them some hope and well wishes for the time of new beginnings in a gorgeous card.

    The Easter tree has become a staple decoration in many homes in recent years. And each year it seems the range of decorations gets more and more gorgeous with more to choose from. As usual, we've got plenty of loveliness by Gisela Graham; from traditional rabbits and eggs, to wooden pigs and wool beehives that all add a touch of cuteness to your home.

    Emma Bridgewater knows how to make storing your Easter chocolate look delightful. The medium egg tins are traditional and timeless, and will keep hold of your chocolate happily until eaten. They make for a great addition to a gift if you're posting eggs this year, just pop one in the tin for a bit of extra protection with some added loveliness.

    Jellycat probably has a toy for every occasion and we simply love it. Their Spring collection has got lots of lovely Easter cuties, including adorable chicks, ducklings, lambs and bunnies. These would also make for a great little gift alternative if you don't fancy giving the little ones too much chocolate this year.

    Finally, for the tea and hot cross buns in the garden, get really into the Easter spirit and serve them on some seasonal tableware. Whether it's the Emma Bridgewater Bumblebee range, or Spring flowers with the Gisela Graham mini bits, it'll be sure to make it feel that little bit more seasonal.

     

    Despite everything, there's no reason you can't get your home looking like a Springtime dream this Easter, even if it's just for the sake of a new season shake up. It's a wonderful time of year to welcome new beginnings and better times (particularly this year). So whether you will be celebrating in the garden with a small group, or simply staying safe with a hot cross bun or two to yourself, we hope you manage to enjoy some of the joyful anticipation that Easter brings with it.