After a long winter stuck inside, the arrival of warmer weather and the return of the rule of six (or an unlimited number of people from two households) in outdoor spaces has seen parks packed full of small groups basking in the sunshine.
We predict many will still choose to chomp on crisps and pop bottles of prosecco with their loved ones in a beauty spot past 12 April, when restaurants and pubs are finally allowed to re-open their outside areas.
But, as all picnic lovers will know, planning to dine en plein air requires more than reaching for the nearest blanket and making a pit-stop at your local corner shop for some pre-packaged nibbles.
After waiting several months to be able to enjoy the company of our loved ones outside, eating alfresco should be done properly... and we might have found just the thing you need to make your outdoor dining experience more enjoyable.
If you find that one of the biggest bugbears of a picnic is not having anywhere to lay out your feast, then the time has come to invest in a portable, foldaway table that not only has enough space to hold all your snacks, but designated slots in which to rest your wine glass between refills. Picnicking truly doesn’t get more bougie than this.
If you fancy a delightful change of scenery from your dining room, read on for our picks of the portable picnic tables you can buy right now.
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Sanxdi bamboo portable wine table: £22.99, Amazon.co.uk
Whether you are sunbathing in your back garden, relaxing at a local park or camping, this folding wine table is the perfect accessory.
Made from high-quality bamboo wood, it features a spiked base that can be placed into grass and a sturdy tabletop with six spaces to store wine glasses. But that’s not all. The real brilliance of this table is that the underside has cut-out spaces where you will find all the utensils you need for a fancy feast, including cheese knives and a bottle opener.
Inno Stage portable picnic table with wine glass and bottle holder: £23.99, Amazon.co.uk
This picnic table is also made of high-quality bamboo but comes with foldable metal legs that make it stable and easy to carry to anywhere you want.
As well as space to hold four wine glasses, it also has a bottle holder and handy groove recess design that prevents small snacks, like nuts or berries, from rolling over the edge. We also love that it comes with a stainless steel bottle opener, which can be fixed on the underside of the table with a magnet.
Foldaway wine and drinks table: £32, Alfrescodiningcompany.co.uk
Perfect for couples or post-lockdown reunions for two, this portable table is a must-have for any picnic or alfresco barbecue.
Designed to be used time and time again, it is crafted from sustainable bamboo and comes with foldable stainless steel legs. It also has a carry handle for easy transportation and space for two wine glasses and a bottle to stand upright, with enough space to add some nibbles too.
Compartmental dish folding picnic table: £76.08, Etsy.com
One for fans of a mixed feast, this portable foldaway table doubles up as a platter with five individual compartments that can hold your nibbles of choice.
It’s also built with four slots for wine glasses and is made from super-stylish ash wood. What could be better to complement your picnic basket?
Hangou folding picnic table with carry bag: £45.99, Amazon.co.uk
If you’re more about function over form, this picnic table, which is made of durable and waterproof canvas, might be the one for you.
It has two tiers, including a lower shelf for additional space and four mesh cup holders to keep your drinks secure, and even comes with a handy storage bag for easy transportation. This option is designed to sit higher than the others, making it perfect for playing cards with friends, but this means you’ll need to bring some chairs with you too.
Looking to upgrade your outdoor space? Read our guide to getting your garden ready for guests
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