Twilight Picnic ( With Laura Ashley)

A picnic? at night? without the kids?

Picnic’s are usually associated with Summer ( and kids)  We decided to break the rules and make the most to the early evening darkness this Autumn with a Twilight inspired picnic. No baby sitters required, a Friday night at home, but transformed.

Don’t let the darker nights and the cooler temperatures deter you… There is still time to enjoy your garden in the evenings and there is nothing more romantic than a picnic under the stars accompanied by a roaring fire, blankets, a delicious meal and a glass of wine. You can make this as simple or elaborate as you want… I of course go for elaborate.

Just like an outdoor picnic at the park, preparing for the perfect romantic garden picnic requires planning. firstly select a serene spot in your garden, perhaps its close to a tree so you can hang some lanterns or candles in jam jars ( so charming.. who needs the stars). Perhaps its right in the middle of the garden, to have the perfect unobstructed view for gazing up at the stars.. the choice is yours. I picked this little nook with a bit of shelter and plenty of decorative potential. I set the mood with candles, and lanterns to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Not one to by pass flowers for decoration, I of course added some seasonal heather to some gold pots and wrapped some fairy lights round the base of this tree and these vibrant hanging lanterns. Both linked here from party pieces.

I put a collection of my Laura Ashely throws down accompanied by their Nigella Velvet cushions scattered around for both comfort and colour.
Autumn evenings can get a little chilly so we brought out our wire fire. It adds instant ambience and even more importantly… warmth. Whether roasting marshmallows with Bertie or enjoying a glass of wine al fresco in the evenings with family and friends, it has become a family and guest favourite and Is versatile for many occasions.

There is something magical about watching the flickering flames and feeling the warmth on your face while sipping a glass of wine in the evenings ( in our Laura Ashley Josette wine glasses of course).

Adding a few more flickering flames for ambience I brought out my brass lanterns and a few decorative jam jars with tea lights.

The Wirefire is not only functional , but it features an attractive wire rope design making it an attractive showcase piece in the garden… we use it a lot at the weekends. Our previous townhouse did not have a garden so we really try and utilise this space as much as we can, whatever the temperature, and this helps us do just that.

The stylish design of the Furness , which is made from steel impresses all our guests. it is the medium in the range and gives us the perfect sized fire for those long winter evenings under the stars. it replicates those movie style campfire evenings but without the mess and fuss of trying to build a fire.

My husband is obsessed with it ( what is it with men and fire?) . Its also always the highlight of the conversation with our family and friends as we chat while watching the glowing ambers. I have found it to be the perfect centrepiece for all our outdoor social events… Don’t you agree?

If your lucky enough to have a little space out the back of your own, I hope this has inspired you to head out this Autumn/ Winter..


  1. Tracey
    November 11, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    Your garden picnic looked so pretty. I love lots of candles & flickering lights. Just gorgeous 💗

    • lauraann
      November 11, 2017 / 1:07 pm

      Thanks Tracey xxx

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