With the sunny days approaching, picnics become more popular. They're a great way of getting together with family and friends, especially at the moment since we're only allowed to see family and friends outdoors. (Though this is subject to change, so make sure to check the latest government guidance).
Whether you're looking to host a romantic picnic for just you and your partner, a simple picnic with your friends, or you're looking to go all out, our handy guide should be able to provide you with all the tools your need to create the perfect picnic for you and your guests.
Hosting The Perfect Picnic
Find The Right Spot
First thing's first, you'll need to find the right spot. This will depend on several things such as the number of people attending, nearby facilities and the weather. (If it's going to be sunny do you need somewhere that will have some shade?)
If you have any activities you have planned this should also be taken into consideration, just remember to do your research to ensure you've picked somewhere suitable.
This is most definitely optional, however a theme can add a sprinkle of fun to the occasion, even if it's as simple as buying colour coordinated plates, napkins and utensils. Alternatively, if you fancy going all out, you could even look at doing a pastel theme, a Disney theme, whatever your heart desires!
One of the most important factors when it comes to a picnic is the food. The amount of food you will need again depends on how many people are attending your picnic, we have selected our favourite picnic foods to give you some inspiration. Just remember you want foods that are easy to slice and share between several people.
- Sausage Rolls
- Cheese Board
- Yoghurt With Fruit
- Chips and Dips
- Sandwiches & Wraps
- Tuna Pasta
- Halloumi Skewers with a meat of your choice!
Bringing activities with you is essential, especially if you are bringing children along to your picnic. Why not bring a kite, frisbee, ball or rounders kit and have some fun outside, or if sports aren't really your thing there are plenty of other activities you can bring such as a book or a sketch pad to draw.
What To Bring To Your Picnic
To host the perfect picnic there are a few essentials that you need to remember:
- Blanket - Either bring one big picnic rug or multiple blankets depending on how many people are coming.
- Backpack or Basket - You'll need something to carry all your picnic essentials. A basket or backpack will do the trick.
- Cooler bag - If you're bringing meats and foods you would usually keep in the fridge, you should bring a cooler bag to keep your food fresh.
- Plates/Bowls - Plastic plates and bowls are another essential so you can enjoy your food.
- Cutlery - Unless you're only bringing finger food, picnic cutlery is essential we would recommend plastic cutlery.
- Flask - Whilst no essential bringing a flask is essential if your want a cup of tea or coffee.
- Napkins/ Wipes - Seems simple but it's easy to forget how important these are, especially if you have little children.
- Carrier Bag - Although most picnic spots will have rubbish bins brining a backpack to hold all your rubbish can come in very useful.
- Music - Who doesn't love music? If you have a portable speaker then create a playlist and bring this with you.