Planning a picnic?
It’s May, the weather is beautiful and there’s enough breeze to keep cool in the shade. Perfect time of year for a picnic before the sweltering temps will only see us at the beach or the pool for some cooling off.
Picnics should be enjoyable and relaxing, not stressful! The best way to do this is by having a plan!
Here’s my list of what I think equates to a fail proof picnic that the whole family will enjoy.
The most important element is of course the food and in my opinion, variety is key.
I tend to keep it to a cold food selection such as sandwiches, cheeses, fresh fruit, salads and some nibbles like crisps, crackers, dips and nuts.
You can always make a it in to a platter for easy serving.
For drinks I like to make sure we have water and juice.
You don’t need anything fancy really, especially if it’s a spur of the moment decision, the last thing you want to be worried about is what to store everything in. Usually you’ll have most bits at home such as lunch boxes and cooler bags. Ideally, though a good cooler and a nice open picnic basket (lovely ones in Tiger at the minute) will serve you well.
You’ll need cutlery, plates, serviettes, glasses and cups with a thermos if you’re going to take tea and coffee.
A good size blanket or sheet is also a must.
If you are not in a shaded area, you will need an umbrella or sun shade to enjoy the picnic without squinting or burning.
If you’ve a few kids with you, chances are relaxing and eating away will only last a few minutes. Bringing some games and balls is a good way to keep them occupied.
Sun cream, insect repellant and some black bags to make sure you get all your rubbish.
Most importantly enjoy the fresh air and relaxation while getting the vitamin D!
Pinterest have some great ideas for picnics if you’re feeling fancy and also have some guides on how to set up cheese platters and buffet style picnics.