This has been the best British summer I can remember, and we’ve been making the most of the sunshine as much as possible. 

And what better way to enjoy the sunny weather than with a picnic?

I’ve been testing out the VonShef picnic basket, which is the kind of picnic basket I always wanted!

It’s so much prettier than a boring cool bag! I just love the wicker in grey and those big looped handles are easy to carry plus look beautiful. 

But this basket doesn’t just look good. It contains everything you need for a family picnic. 

The basket includes four cotton napkins, four stainless steel knives, four stainless steel forks, four stainless steel spoons, four dinner plates, four plastic wine glasses, two salt & pepper shakers and a bottle opener.

It also includes a fleece picnic blanket with waterproof PEVA backing (115 x 135cm). Although this size was OK, for four people plus a spread of food you need something a little bigger. 

The quality of all the cutlery and other included items in the basket was great and it was so much nicer than using disposable plastic cutlery as we usually do on a picnic. 

Although we had the kids with us when we tested the basket out, I’m also looking forward to taking it out when it’s just the two of us so we can have a glass of wine and eat our food off of actual plates. It makes dining outside practical and romantic. 

Inside the basket are leather straps to hold all of the plates and cutlery in place, so nothing rattles around as you transport it. 

The basket is very roomy and I managed to squeeze plenty of food in there for our afternoon out. 

At £49.99 I think the basket is brilliant value for money and the finish on everything is high quality. I chose the navy blue version, which looks stunning with the pale wicker. 

If you’re looking for a traditional picnic basket to bring the indoors outdoors with you, then this is a fabulous one to choose. 

I thought I would share some of my toddler picnic ideas. If you have any favourites to share please leave them in the comments below. 

Toddler picnic ideas


Cold and with whatever toppings your kids love the most, pizza is an amazing way of getting vegetables into even the fussiest of eaters. 


Cheese are the number one favourite in our house, but chicken and turkey do very well too! Cut them into different shapes using cookie cutters to make them more fun for your kids. 

Breadsticks and hummus 

A simple but effective food for little ones to snack on in between running around. 

Fruit salad

My children love strawberries, grapes and raspberries. Don’t forget to cut berries and grapes in half lengthways for little ones, 

Chicken satay

We buy chicken satay from the deli counter at our local supermarket, however you can always try making your own satays or kebabs. 

Broccoli and cheese muffins

An easy but delicious snack. They taste great when cold!


Buy a whole one and slice it at home, or save yourself the trouble and buy some pre-cut slices. 

Sausage rolls

You can try making your own by getting some sausage meat and puff pastry. Try this BBC Good Food recipe. 


The VonShef Picnic Basket is available at