Picnic Q & A with Sarah Lonsdale of Remodelista
Designing the ultimate picnic with Remodelista design afficionado and writer, Sarah Lonsdale is a joy. Find out her summer secrets for enjoying the great outdoors simply and with style.
TG: Is there a dream picnic basket out there, and do you own it?
SL: I have tried various picnic-specific baskets, but always come back to a traditional wicker basket that I picked up in a garage sale for $1! You can lie everything flat on the bottom then throw a blanket over the top. It’s actually what all the grannies use for shopping in England but works for me. If I have lots of bottles to carry, I use the Tsukiji market fish basket that I picked up in Japan. They are deep and are great for holding bottles upright. My friend Matt from Matocreative sells them.
TG: What is your favorite picnic menu?
SL: Being a Brit, it’s all about sandwiches…..cheese and onion are my stand-by but egg salad are another favorite. I like to wrap them in wax paper with string like parcels which makes them easy to serve.
Lots of fruit - preferably berries, but whatever is in season.
A good bottle of rose wine for summer, but I always bring a couple of bottles of water mixed with some of June Taylor’s syrups. I’m currently drinking Meyer Lemon and Rose Geranium as well as Wild Fennel. I fill clear wine bottles with water and syrup then push in old corks on top, they look really pretty.
TG: Do you prefer plastic or real cutlery?
SL: I have tried to banish plastic from my life. I stocked up on Seletti wooden cutlery and just wash them when done even though they are disposable.
TG: Which wine glasses do you bring on an outdoor outing?
SL: I love these Spanish glasses. They’re low and don’t tip easily so perfect for a picnic. They are also stackable so very easy to carry – I just roll them in a tea towel.
TG: Your picnic must is??
SL: Aside from a picnic blanket for the ground, I like to bring a couple of large linen towels that double up as blankets if the weather turns. I particularly like the colored selection from Deck Towels.