Bring on the summer! My Homesense Al Fresco favourites & gift card giveaway.
I know the weather would have us believe otherwise but summer is here! I have faith that before long we’ll be dusting off our barbeques and looking forward to months filled with picnics, walks and trips to National Trust properties.
That’s why I was thrilled when I was asked to choose some of my favourite items from the fantastic range of Al Fresco dining products available at Homesense. Especially as I’d already spotted their gorgeous summer dining display in my local store and posted it on Instagram.
Happy at Homesense.
It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Homesense. You only have to look at my Instagram feed to discover my ‘Homesense Bargain of the week’ photos and my obsession with their wonderful range of stationery and notebooks. In fact, trips to Homesense have become a regular fixture in my week now that it’s en route to my voluntary debt advice job in the city centre.
Why do I love Homesense? Well, I’ve always had an eye for a bargain but Homesense offers me so much more than that:
- I love the idea of spotting some of my favourite products from well known brands and paying up to 60% less than their usual retail price.
- Homesense is ‘all about’ beautiful things for the home! I may not be a fan of clothes shopping (understatement), but I absolutely love wandering around and finding something special among the extensive range of kitchenware, furniture, soft furnishings and stationery.
- The stock is always changing and there are new items arriving all the time. That’s why its worthwhile visiting regularly so you don’t miss something special: ‘Once it’s gone, it’s gone.’
- Whether I’m looking for gift ideas or looking for something for my own home, there’s something to suit every taste and budget.
- Having so many individual pieces and hidden gems means I can often find everything I need in one place, rather than having to shop around,
- The displays are regularly updated to reflect special dates in the calendar and the seasons, giving me timely ideas and inspiration for Easter, Father’s Day and Christmas, (sorry, did I say that word out loud?).
Picnic & Al Fresco dining Favourites.
When I was invited to select and review products from Homesense’s ‘Al Fresco’ dining ranges I knew I’d be in for a treat. In fact, the displays in the Nottingham store are filled with so many inspirational ideas for summer dining it was going to be a tough choice. In the end I was drawn to the idea of selecting products to create the perfect picnic for two. Our girls are heading off to a holiday camp for the week in August so I thought it would be a nice treat for Richard and I to pack up a picnic and head off to one of the local National Trust properties while they are away.
If you are looking for items for the perfect ‘Al Fresco’ picnic, here are my Homesense favourites:
1. The Great British Hamper Company Picnic Hamper (£24.99).
There is a lovely selection of picnic hampers on display in my local Homesense, but this pretty little hamper from The Great British Hamper Company, with its Cath Kidston style lining, is my favourite. The two person hamper comes with: 2 wine glasses, 2 plates, cutlery and a bottle opener. It’s beautifully made and the creamy beige fastenings look beautiful too.
2. A pair of Enamel Volkswagen Mugs (£4.99 each, RRP £7.99).
I was delighted when I spotted these officially licensed Enamel Volkswagen mugs from Paladone. Their creamy beige colour compliments the hamper and accessories perfectly. My OH loves Volkswagen campervans so they have gone down very well in the Taylor household.
3. Dan Coffee thermos by Alfi (£9.99, RRP £21.00).
This stylish thermos jug by Alfi is so much more appealing than a bulk-standard thermos flask. The vacuum insulated jug will keep your coffee hot for hours and is big enough to fill four mugs.
4. A set of 3 bamboo cutting boards by Simply Bamboo (£9.99).
It’s always handy to pack a chopping board in a picnic hamper when you head off for a picnic in the park, even if it’s just to offer a flat surface to balance your mugs on. This set of 3 bamboo cutting boards from Simply Bamboo is great value at only £9.99. The larger sizes are handy in the kitchen but the smallest cutting board easily fits into our 2 person hamper.
5. Polargear Lunch Box, Pink (£4.99, RRP, £8.99).
My obsession with food containers and storage boxes is almost as bad as my obsession with stationery and notebooks so I was keen to find something neat and stylish for our picnic adventure. This Polargear lunchbox is ideal and comes in a variety of colours. It’s compact, has 3 separate food compartments to accommodate sandwiches, wraps, salads or sushi and comes with a fork and spoon.
6. Thorncroft Pink Ginger Cordial (£2.49).
As well as homewares, Homesense offers a range of foods and confectionery. Thorncroft cordials come in a variety of refreshing flavours. I thought this little bottle of Thorncroft Pink Ginger cordial would be a tasty addition to our ‘grown-up’ picnic.
7. Folding picnic blanket by Biederlackborbo (£12.99, RRP £19.95)
There are a lovely range of picnic blankets on display in Homesense but how could I resist this colourful pink tartan folding picnic blanket by Biederlackborbo? It’s lightweight and has a waterproof lining as well as a carry strap. At 130cm by 170cm, it’s a generous size too.
8. Double walled stainless steel bottles, 500ml (£7.99).
I love these vacuum insulated bottles in pastel blue and pastel pink. They’re a stylish alternative to a water bottle, beaker or thermos. They come in a variety of colours, but the pink and blue bottles complimented my chosen colour scheme perfectly.
We’re ready for our picnic!
I’m delighted with my wonderful picnic favourites from Homesense and I can’t wait to try them out when the kids are off enjoying their summer camp. If you’ve been inspired by the idea of dining outdoors, why not pay Homesense a visit and find your favourites?
Win a £50 Homesense/TK Maxx Gift Card.
For a chance to win a £50 voucher to spend in Homesense / TK Maxx, all you have to do to is follow the instructions below:
Competition terms and conditions:
1. There is one £50 Gift Card available for one winner. The Gift Card can be used in any Homesense or TK Maxx store.
2. This prize draw will be drawn at random, and is open to UK residents aged 16 or over.
3. Up to 4 entries per person. All are compulsory methods of entry.
4. Maflingo.com retains the right to change the competition if necessary.
5. The prize is not transferable and there is no cash alternative.
6. If the winners do not contact me within one week, I will redraw another winner at random.
7. Entries must be received by 11.59 pm on Tuesday 12th July 2016.
8. The winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on Wednesday 13th July 2016.
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The Folding picnic blanket by Biederlackborbo as I love the colour and pattern and it looks so cute folded up – like a little handbag!
Love this – I’m a big fan of both homesense and tk maxx! We’ve been starting to think about picnics too and the hamper is so cute 😉 Great giveaway too! x
The Polargear lunchbox – I like to be organised and this is perfect for keeping everything where it should be.
My favourite item on your Homesense blog are the VW mugs ~ really stylish and great for picnics and in the garden!
The Polargear lunchbox – perfect for keeping everything fresh, tidy and the crunch bits cruncy
I love the stainless steel bottles because they are pretty colours and very useful
The volkswagon mugs and hamper just lovely xx
VW MUGS ARE VERY COOL
I love that coffee thermos – so cute and you could use it year round!
I’m so with you, I LOVE HomeSense! My husband’s banned me from going for a while as we have to save up for our impending arrival, but I can’t wait to get back to my local one and buy something pretty instead of prams and sterilisers!! #HomeEtc
Oh, it is fabulous isn’t it? Even if I don’t buy anything, I just love browsing around! I’m in my element.
The VW mugs are gorgeous plus virtually impossible to break. Always a bonus when eating and drinking outdoors!
Dan Coffee thermos by Alfi because not only is it very stylish, it is easier to pour than a normal flask … thank you
Love the folding picnic blanket, so cute and very useful.
This lightweight, foldable pink tartan picnic blanket with waterproof backing . I often end up sitting on my coat on the ground when we’re out having a picnic.
I love the look of the blanket. Not only is it adorable! But it’s just a handy thing to have around, can’t stand to sit on the ground, messing up nice clothes 🙂
The Double walled stainless steel bottles to keep the drinks hot or cold 🙂
Oh I love and need that picnic hamper in my life!!! I would be able to use that on the beach. Such lovely styling with the Cath Kidston type finish 🙂 #bloggerclubuk
It’s lovely, isn’t it? I had such fun selecting things. 🙂
Such lovely things. Love the blanket as it packs up small x
the coffee thermos as i could use it anywhere thankyou
volkswagon mugs and hamper
I love the drinks bottles very nice and colourful 🙂
The foldable pink tartan picnic blanket with waterproof backing because hubby bought a yellow picnic blanket and it attracts the flies!
Oh no! I hadn’t thought of that. My daughter was in the yellow team for sports day and they were all swatting flies all day! I reckon it’s a disadvantage! No wonder the red team won.
the blanket is lovely, i love the colours as its different from the traditional red
I love Homesense too, in fact, I love all the home-y type stores. They are deadly though, I keep finding things I like and NEED to spend my money on!! Opps!! #HomeEtc xxx
Ha! I know what you mean…Stationery is my weakness and kitchenware…And…and… 😉
I love the picnic blanket – practical and beautiful at the same time.
I’m obsessed with TK Maxx and Homesense! That thermos jug is such a great idea, I love that!
Great choices. We have two fold up picnic rugs like that and I wouldn’t be without them. They are so handy as well as pretty.
How do you find the Alfi coffee jug? We have one too. They are everywhere here in Germany. You are nobody if you don’t have one of these 😉
P.S. So sad I can’t join the giveaway.
The vw mugs are awesome, I’d love to get my parents some to put in their camper 😀
love that Coffee Thermos!!
Dan Coffee thermos by Alfi, would be perfect for an after lunch coffee
The double walled stainless steel bottles – so useful for hot and cold drinks of various varieties to suit all tastes!
What lovely products – I love the picnic basket. My boys love to go on picnics, I must have a look at Homesense. 🙂
The volkswagon mugs
The Coffee Thermos – looks good – would display it in my kitchen too x
The pink lunchbox. I love that it has the little divide in it so that nothing gets squished together 🙂
The drinks bottles- such pretty colours!
the thermos .. looks great and I love the shape and design
The Folding picnic blanket by Biederlackborbo love the colour and it looks really cute plus we dont have one
Love the thermos and the cute rug in fact I want them all!!!!
That’s because you helped me choose them, mum 😉
Those little VW cups are soooo cute! I could so do with a new picnic blanket too – mine came out of the ark!
They are fab aren’t they? Ooh, I’ll pop over to your post now.
I’d like to take the Double walled stainless steel bottles – so much better than plastic bottles and they would hold the temperature wonderfully.
Thanks for comp brill site?
Another vote for those stainless steel bottles, pretty and useful too. I would take iced water with me, sometimes only a drink of fresh water will do.
Oh! I met you at Brit Mums – in the queue on arrival! How lovely to have discovered your blog through #HomeEtc. I am loving the VW mugs, but to be honest I love just about everything at HomeSense. They really seem to get it right! x
Hi Esther! So glad you stopped by. I have just visited your blog too. I am so glad I have a Homesense near me. I can browse for hours.
I’d take those funky VW mugs.
They are really proving to be popular with everyone!
I would really like the picnic hamper, as we don’t have one…
I love the Folding picnic blanket by Biederlackborbo, it’s such a nice colour and looks perfect for a lovely picnic.
VW mugs for me.
The Dan Coffee Thermos for me as I love a hot drink on a picnic whatever the weather 🙂
the drink bottles! They are just so cute
I’d love to take the Refreshing Thorncroft Pink Ginger Cordial to a picnic! It would be perfectly refreshing on a hot summer’s day
I love the VW mugs… in fact I love all of these. It makes me want some decent weather so I can go on a picnic! #BloggerClubUK
The Polargear lunchbox is fab
The pink picnic blanket is sweet
Oh I love it all, so stylish, I have always wanted a picnic set, lets hope for some sun so you can get lots of use of it x
i love those mugs, but my fav is that Polargear Lunch Box! super cute and like you I’m obsessed with containers/store jars!
I love the drinks bottles, the colours are fab
The Polargear lunch box is a great idea
the folding picnic blanket -if it’s nice we can sit on it and if it rains we can shelter under it!! Well we do live in Britain!
I love the Great British Hamper picnic hamper. Nice retro touch.
the blanket so we would have something pretty to sit on
The pink ginger cordial its sound yummy
Sarah, I can confirm it’s delicious!
I would like to take the Polargear Lunch Box as I like the compartments.
I love the compartments too! Who wants their olives messing with their cheese?!
The picnic blanket, its lovely and would give us some comfort while we eat
THE PICNIC BLANKET WOULD BE VERY HANDY
Love the picnic blanket – and all of it. Perfect for concerts like the recent one at Hyde Park and for days out to the seaside.
Thanks, Heather. I’ really looking forward to using it…If it will just stop raining!
The picnic stuff is gorgeous. I’ve entered, fingers crossed! x #fortheloveofBLOG
I love the Polar Gear lunchbox. The compartments would be really useful for separating different foods. I’d use it as a lunch box for work too.
I love that most of the stuff you got was pink! That’d brilliant! I’d never think to take a chopping board on a picnic, love that idea. Hope you have a fun week in August just the 2 of you! #fortheloveofBLOG
Thanks, Karen. Can’t wait to take it for a test drive.
The picnic hamper it looks lovely and retro
A tough decision as I like all the items 🙂 but it would have to be the tartan blanket (with the flask a close runner up) x
I love the coffee thermos, usually ones like that are rather plain and boring looking, but this design is fab!
Some lovely things to buy. I would definitely go for the picnic rug as ours is totally tattered and old now.
The folding picnic blanket, ideal for keeping clean and dry!
Dan Coffee thermos – can’t live without my coffee
VW mugs, as my best friend collects everything to do with campervans lol
I love the folding picnic blanket – looks lovely and soft and easily transportable.
VW Mugs are absolutely great, i love them and driving a vw these would be a honour to drink out of on a picnic
The picnic blanket, love the pattern and the handy fold away style.
The polar gear lunch box- it is very convenient and organised
the bamboo chopping board, I always forget a chopping board as i like to bring a french stick with cheeses and hams x
The Coffee Thermos…. stylish and practical
It’s on my list!
I love the folding picnic blanket, its a gorgeous colour.
The Polargear lunchbox is very cute and really practical.
i really like the Folding picnic blanket by Biederlackborbo
Double walled stainless steel bottles – I would keep chilled wine in them.
The picnic hamper looks great xx
I love the picnic hamper. It’s cute and has all you need for a perfect picnic for two. My husband could organise the food and I’d organise the wine.
I really love the folding picnic blanket.
I love it all, it all looks so gorgeous! The VW mugs are really cool I think they’re my favourite items, the hamper is super cute too! ☺️
HUGE fan of HomeSense here too! Love the items you have chosen and perfect for summer days!! Thanks for linking – Jess xx
Thanks for your lovely comments, Jess and for hosting!
i like the fold up picnic blanket, great colour and easy size to takeabout with you
The Polgear lunchbox, I love the way it’s organised
It would have to be the picnic hamper, all the essentials nice and tidy in a lovely wicker hamper
Folding picnic blanket as a nice colour and looks soft to sit on for the perfect picnic
I like the Polargear lunchbox – so handy and it will prevent things getting squashed!
Thorncroft Pink Ginger Cordial because it sounds deliciously different
It is delicious and it is different! Thanks, Jayne.
VW mugs look pretty good to me.
I absolutely love the light weight pink picnic blanket because it is so stylish. Also what makes it extra special is the plastic waterproof backing that will make it ideal to use on any terrain in any weather and also fantastic for catching those spills that the children make 🙂
Love the VW mugs they look fab
The Polargear lunchbox great for organisation xx
I would love to take the Polargear Lunch Box because the type of things I like to take on a picnic (love my salad!) don’t usually fit well in lunch boxes, and I LOVE the fact it has cutlery included – the number of times I’ve forgotten a fork!
A wise choice! My daughter, and even my husband have opted for salads in their packed lunches rather than sandwiches lately. These compartments and compact design are ideal
The thermos jug is too cute! And much better for pouring when you have butter fingers like I do!
The Polgear Lunchbox, looks great and nice organisation.
The Dan coffee thermos is my favourite, I’ve been wanting to get a flask for ages but this one appeals as it looks nice / easy to pour.
Double walled stainless steel bottles
The Dan Coffee Thermos is my fave it is super stylish and it would enhance any picnic
Definitively the stainless steel bottles as they could keep my coffee hot and drinks cool for the kids, fab!
I’d love to take the folding picnic blanket as what’s a picnic without somewhere to sit! PLus I love the colour of it!
The Dan coffee thermos looks great.
The picnic blanket as you always need somewhere to sit x
The picnic hamper would be essential for a picnic x
I love the Dan Coffee thermos by Alfi, mainly because it is reminiscent of the look of old fashioned jugs and i live anything which look a bit retro or antique, this is also why I also completely love and want the pair of Enamel Volkswagen Mugs, they look like those old tin mugs… Marvellous blog and competition. x
The pink Tartan blanket is my favourite, would brighten up any picnic
The pink ginger cordial sounds amazing!
The bamboo chopping board, what a fab idea!!
Those VW mugs for me – I’ve a thing for enamel at the moment and these look just the thing!
I love the VW mugs and the thermos. Not a fan of pink.
I like the pink tartan picnic blanket because of the waterproof back, because it means your picnic can still happen even if the grass is wet!
i love the VW mugs <3
Love the insulated drinks bottles perfect for keeping drinks cool and a hot day
I like the coffee thermos i hate it when your’
e tea and coffee go cold outdoors.
the water bottles as having clumsy kids these would be great to put the pop in without worrying over it being spilt everywhere
love the insulated drink bottles ideal for my husband for work x
The VW mugs are great plus almost virtually unbreakable
The folding blanket looks great, so handy that it folds small so you can keep it in your bag or car
great giveaway thanks
I wouldn’t know what to pick. So much choice.
I’d like to take the VW campervan mugs. They are so pretty and fun and they remind me of the mug my dad used to drink from.
VW mugs – durable, retro-chic.
The picnic blanket – I love its colour 🙂 it will look great on the lawn
the insulated drink bottles as they look fab and would come in handy for lots of different trips
I love to take the gorgeous folding picnic blanket by Biederlackborbo I love the fabulous colour of if i would be the envy of all with that beauty
I love Homesense and that picnic basket is just too cute. Definitely entering! Thanks for joining us on #fortheloveofBLOG Jane x