A Stylish Summer Picnic with Grand Illusions


summer picnic with Grand Illusions

[AD] This post is part of a current working relationship with Grand Illusions. A styling, images, thoughts and opinions are my own.

We are over halfway through the year and summer is in full swing. What I have really enjoyed this year is packing up a picnic basket and putting it in the boot of the car, collecting my son after school and driving with the dog to local, scenic picnic spots to enjoy the warm, late summer afternoons outside together. I have been working with home and garden retailer Grand Illusions for the past few months and I was really excited when I saw their summer collection which includes hand-blown recycled green glass tumblers, on-trend bamboo tealight holders and earthy bowls with detailed floral patterns. All these pieces are perfect to use for stylish summer picnics or casual summer dining, so I snapped a few bits up to share with you here on the blog.
summer picnic with Grand Illusions
Sustainability is something that is at the forefront of interior design at the current time as we all consider just what impact our purchases have on the environment. I’ve recently been looking towards interiors that are made from recycled materials and these ribbed, hand-blown glass tumblers and this charming olive dish are both made from recycled green glass. As well as being recycled goods, the glass is thick and durable and therefore perfect for dining outside where delicate glass would not be an option. The robust, bubbled-detail of the glass feels casual and rustic, making these pieces the perfect picnic accessory.
summer picnic with Grand Illusions
Cane, bamboo and rattan are the most fashionable materials to use in our home at the moment. All the decor magazines, blogs and Pinterest are awash with cane-webbed furniture and accessories. I was therefore really drawn to these Glass and Bamboo Votive Tealight Holders by Grand Illusions, which are a practical, safe way to have an open flame outdoors. If you fill the votives with citronella tealights they also provide a natural, stylish way to keep away those pesky summer knats which pose such a problem on late summer evenings.
summer picnic with Grand Illusions
summer picnic with Grand Illusions
The Celeste and Florido collections of Mediterranean-style plates and bowls in a variety of sizes really caught my eye from the new high summer range. Bold and beautiful in blue and white on one side, with a glazed, earthy, terracotta-coloured base, they provide a great backdrop for vivid red summer foods such as tomatoes, strawberries and cherries.
summer picnic with Grand Illusions

The Celeste design has a casual blue floral pattern on a white background, while the Florido bowls are a deep, inky blue base with a white floral pattern. Even though they look like they cannot go in the dishwasher, they are all dishwasher safe (as washing up is the last thing you want to be doing on a warm summers day!)

summer picnic with Grand Illusions
summer picnic with Grand Illusions
One of the things that I love about Grand Illusions is that you can find quirky, vintage-style pieces that you would never find on the High Street. My favourite product from the new summer collection is this recycled glass bottle shaped like a fish, complete with cork nose stopper! The glass has been moulded in a fish shape and fish scales have been etched onto the bottle with the most beautiful detailing. This bottle is perfect for serving water and provides such a talking point! Everyone has picked it up and commented on it as soon as I have placed it on the table the past few weeks. At £5.95 I also think it is a total bargain! This bottle is a great alternative to taking a plastic water bottle on a picnic and I use a simple wooden tray to keep it standing upright.
summer picnic with Grand Illusions

The woven shopping bag below is not a new product, in fact I’ve owned this from Grand Illusions for a while, but I’ve been using it all summer. It’s completely lightweight, but the boned structure of it means that it better supports picnic items than a tote bag. I chose this Paris shopper in yellow because I’m all about colour, but you can also get it in beige and black.

summer picnic with Grand Illusions
There are plenty of other lovely items available from Grand Illusions to create the perfect outdoor picnic or stylish outdoor summer space. I particularly like their bamboo lanterns, large ribbed zinc planters and outdoor rugs. To see the rest of the collection head on over to the Grand Illusions website.