Jessica Nguyen’s guide to the ultimate spring picnic

Make the most of picnic-perfect weather with tips from home cook and styling extraordinaire, Jessica Nguyen. 

Jessica wears ACLER HAMILTON DRESS and serves MOËT & CHANDON BRUT IMPERIAL NON-VINTAGE. She styles her spring picnic with COUNTRY ROAD SAND PICNIC BASKET, ST ALBANS MOHAIR THROW MARIGOLD, ECOLOGY ALTO SERVING BOARD, LAGUIOLE BY JEAN DUBOST SIMPLICITE 7-PIECE CAKE SET, DINOSAUR DESIGNS SMALL ROCK BOWL, and PEBBLE PLATE IN CHALK SWIRL.

There are a few key ingredients for a sublime picnic: a comfy set-up, chic picnicware and a generous spread of delicious treats. Jessica Nguyen proves just how easy it is to nail the above criteria and emulate the stunning spreads you see on your Instagram feed. Rediscover the bliss of outdoor entertaining and bask in the spring sun with friends this season. 

Set the scene

A colourful rug or blanket is the perfect backdrop for a spring picnic, upon which you can build the alfresco tablescape of your dreams. The David Jones Collection has all the essential glassware and serveware you’ll need to set the scene for long afternoons spent grazing with friends. Add finishing touches of cosy blankets, cushions and seasonal florals for a truly Instagram-worthy moment.

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Marrakech Trestle Grazing Board

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Marrakech Cheese Knife Set

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Valencia Wine Cup in Pink

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Marina Rope Pitcher in Green

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DINOSAUR DESIGNS LARGE ROCK BOWL, and COUNTRY ROAD SAND PICNIC BASKET.
ECOLOGY ALTO SERVING BOARD.

The perfect spread

Delight your guests with moreish nibbles that impress, like Jessica’s mini fruit tarts, herb focaccia and grazing board. A generous spread of both sweet and savoury treats is ideal for indulgent spring afternoons that quickly roll into dusk. See Jessica assemble her picture-perfect fruit tarts here.

Spring picnic basket inspiration

1. Pack a bowl of mixed antipasti or olives and serve alongside a fresh pane de casa.
2. Add an element of crunch to your grazing board with lightly salted macadamias or cashews.
3. Pre-prepare your favourite spring-inspired cocktails or mocktails and serve in colourful jugs.
4. No grazing board is complete without something sweet. Chocolate-coated goodies such as popcorn and pretzels are guaranteed favourites.
5. If you’re feeling fancy, go all out with a luxurious caviar hamper to enjoy with a glass of bubbly.

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Round Picnic Cooler Basket

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Raspberry Jam

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Kastehelmi Cake Stand

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7 Stewed Cherry & Coffee

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Jessica wears ACLER HAMILTON DRESS and serves MOËT & CHANDON BRUT IMPERIAL NON-VINTAGE. She styles her spring picnic with COUNTRY ROAD SAND PICNIC BASKET, ST ALBANS MOHAIR THROW MARIGOLD, LAGUIOLE BY JEAN DUBOST SIMPLICITE 7-PIECE CAKE SET, and DINOSAUR DESIGNS SMALL ROCK BOWL.

Spring has sprung

With warmer temperatures and the smell of new blooms in the air, spring is the perfect time of year for socialising in the sun. Debut a fun new dress and celebrate the joy of being in the great outdoors with your nearest and dearest. Commemorate the occasion with a glass of Moët, and lap up the gentle springtime rays (just remember to pack your sunscreen and a cute, wide-brimmed hat). 

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Premium Cooler Vintage in Yellow Stripe

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Mohair Throw in Margot

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Palette Large Oval Platter

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Brut Imperial Non-Vintage

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