Spring Racing Picnic Essentials | Matchbox

Whether you're heading out for Cup Day or just want to make the most of the sunny weather, we all know the spring/summer months is the time to have your picnic plans sorted!

Anyone can bring out a rug and call it a day. But if you're looking for a ~*picnic*~, you want to have all the right essentials to make the most of your day outdoors. Especially if you're bringing out your tastiest al fresco meals and your own bottle of wine to enjoy with family and friends.

You might not be going to the Spring Racing Carnival at all – maybe you just want a relaxing day out in the sun, and we're right there with you. So if you've stashed your picnic mat and now it's collected dust over the winter, or if your picnic table is starting to look a little wobbly, then here are our favourite summer, spring, or Cup Day picnic essentials — just for you!


5 Spring Racing Picnic Essentials


Travel Picnic Table Round 50cm | Stanley Rogers | Matchbox

1. A sturdy picnic table

First things first, a picnic table. And not just any table, but something sturdy that can hold your food and treats plus can look classically elegant next to your spring racing outfit too.

Our favourite types are the ones with notches that can hold the stem of your wine glasses. And a wine bottle holder in the centre? Even better! For that, try the Stanley Rogers Travel Round Picnic Table above with its simple rubberwood style.


Rectangle Cheese Board with 3 Knives Acacia | Peer Sorensen | Matchbox

2. Wooden cheese or charcuterie boards

Next, what's a picnic without a cheese platter? You can go big or small depending on how large your picnic gathering is, but nothing says "treat yourself" like a nice board of cheeses, fruits, snacks, crackers, meats, and dips.

We love cheese boards that come with their own cheese knife sets, like the one above — the Peer Sorensen Rectangle Cheese Board with Cheese Knives Acacia is perfect for simple get-togethers.

Read also: The Do's and Don'ts of Wooden Cheese Boards


The Blck Pen Golden Summer Double Wall Insulated Wine Set 3pc Gift Boxed | Maxwell & Williams | Matchbox

3. Fancy wine or champagne tumbler sets

Speaking of Melbourne Cup Day, why not try these... cups (wink) that will hold your wine, champagne, and other refreshments?

Wine tumblers especially the stainless steel ones are great for enjoying your refreshing drinks under the sun because that gives them the chance to keep your beverages cool.

We also have them in champagne flute varieties or wine tumbler sets for the wine-loving duos, like the one above from the Maxwell & Williams The Blck Pen Golden Summer range. Besties who wine together, stay together.


2 Person Half Willow Picnic Basket - Tropical Swimmer | Avanti | Matchbox

4. Picnic baskets (with sets!)

If you're the type to pre-pack your picnic from home (look at organised you!), then find a stylish and portable way to bring all your food, drinks, and belongings to Derby Day or any other occasion. In comes the classic picnic basket! We're a big fan of that wicker picnic basket look like the Avanti Half Willow 2 Person Picnic Basket above.

Many of our baskets are designed with vibrant patterns to really fit that summer vibe. Most importantly, Matchbox offers a supply of picnic baskets that come with reusable cups, plates and cutlery giving you an all-in-one set for any outdoor event!

Read also: What to Bring to a Family Picnic


Picnic Rug 175 X 142Cm Desert Floral | Sachi | MatchboxPicnic Rug 175 X 142Cm Desert Floral | Sachi | Matchbox

5. Stunning picnic rugs

Last but not least, why not pair your stunning spring racing look with a gorgeous picnic blanket? Other than the clearly necessary function of picnic mats, there's also just something about them that can truly liven up a picnic. Don't even get us started on the traditional gingham print or floral patterns because they will surely make your picnic 10x cuter.

We adore these Picnic Rugs from one of our go-to outdoor living brands, Sachi, which include a smart carry handle and velcro tab that make them easy to roll and stow away.




So what are you waiting for? Craft the most spectacular summer picnics this season with the help of our vast outdoor entertainingcollections from Australia's #1 brands!

Matchbox also offers FREE Shipping when you spend over $69 with us online, or you can visit us at select stores to find our friendly team experts.


Enjoy the race day!


The Matchbox Team

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