Picnics, in case you haven’t noticed, are the new in-thing. Parks and gardens abound with small groups of friends and family delighted to partake in government-sanctioned al fresco gatherings after a long, locked down winter. We’ve never been so excited to sit on some grass and eat a sandwich with our nearest and dearest.

However, a picnic doesn’t have to be a plain affair. Stylish picnic accessories and a hamper packed with premium ingredients can elevate your outing to something special. Here are five things to grab before you set out.

Brown Brothers Prosecco NV
Popping a bottle of sparkling wine is often associated with celebrations indoors – but you can still bring a little bit of that glamour to your outdoor gathering. And after months spent in lockdown, a picnic with pals is a great reason to celebrate. Brown Brothers Prosecco NV is an easy-drinking sparkling wine with notes of fresh apple and citrus – an easy provision to share with a party of friends. You can also now buy it in cans or in smaller 200mL bottles, which is handy for transportation and keeping your Prosecco cool on the go.

Wandering Folk Native Wildflower Picnic Rug
Wandering Folk’s lavish picnic rugs add a touch of glamour to outdoor dining. The hand-drawn artworks adorning the Byron Bay outfit’s rugs are sure to be a talking point at your next picnic. Made from durable cotton canvas and featuring festive tassels on each corner, the waterproof blankets come with a brown woven strap for easy carrying. We love the Native Wildflower rug for its gorgeous floral design and vibrant colours.

Sunnylife Beach Cooler Box Sounds
Keep your sparkling wine cool in Sunnylife’s Beach Cooler Box Sounds – a new-age esky that doubles as a boom box. The 15-litre cooler box comes in blue and powder pink and features bluetooth and FM radio as well as Aux and USB connections.

Botanical Cuisine dip
A cracking dip and crackers make for the perfect picnic snack. With an earthy flavour and vivid hue, Melbourne outfit Botanical Cuisine’s Caramelised Beetroot Fermented Cashew Macadamia Dip is an excellent accompaniment to cold meats as well as a delicious addition to any antipasti platter. Another stellar dip is chef Tommy Sarafian’s hummus, a locally made blend of Australian chickpeas and Lebanese tahini that’s earned a cult following. Serve them alongside City Larder’s Olive Oil & Sea Salt pita crisps, a cracker made in Australia from premium local ingredients.

A pre-packed gourmet picnic hamper
In yet another pandemic pivot, cafes and restaurants in lockdown are creating hampers filled with their products. In Sydney, Chippendale establishment LP’s Quality Meats is offering a picnic pack with a selection of its smoked meats and accompaniments – think Organic Bread Bar baguettes, Pepe Saya butter and chicken liver pate – while Bar Suze in Surry Hills is serving up a cold seafood picnic with fresh oysters, smoked prawns and grilled octopus. In Melbourne, Scott Pickett has curated a picnic box at Matilda featuring duck rillettes, potato salad, and smoked chicken and chive sandwiches, while Etta Dining’s picnic box stars a charred spring onion, wild garlic and Comté quiche and Scotch eggs.

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Brown Brothers. Until December 31, Brown Brothers are giving readers the change to win a share in $1 million worth of prizes. Purchase a specially marked bottle from the Brown Brothers Prosecco range, keep your receipt and enter via the QR code on the bottle.