“It is to be all out of doors, a table spread in the shade, you know. Everything as natural and simple as possible.” –Jane Austen

While a picnic in Jane Austen’s time may have been a simpler affair, simplicity was certainly not the Victorians’ strong point.

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By the late 1800s, a picnic hamper often contained no less than cold salmon, lamb shoulder with mint sauce, sliced chicken, roast duck, a ham, veal and pigeon pies, lobster salad, fruit cake, cheese, and bread – all washed down with iced tea, lemonade, and champagne. Some even brought along their dining room table!

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