I think it is nearly impossible to go all summer without a picnic, there is something special about getting all your friends and family together, packing up sandwiches and treats in a wicker basket and heading out into the countryside, or your back garden and having a giggle on a giant blanket. In an age where fast food and takeaway delivers are so easy, there is something special about a picnic, making all the little sandwiches, packing up a spread of nibbles to munch on throughout the day, and passing out the tiny plates and all sitting on the ground enjoying the weather, each other and the surroundings. With the bank holiday coming up, which might I add, weather permitting, is a great time to get out and have a picnic, I’m sharing my top tips.
My top picnic tips:
Location is key – whether you opt for a park, next to the river, on a hilltop overlooking an amazing view, on the beach, or even in your own garden, just choose somewhere that’s pretty, private so you can enjoy your picnic in peace, and somewhere you can get comfortable, as I don’t know any picnic that is over quickly, you need a spot to see you through the whole afternoon, at least.
Food – well this could be anything you want. You can go traditional, finger sandwiches, pork pies, sausage rolls, salad and an assortment of cake. Or why not cook up a treat, make your own quiche, victoria sponge cake, or your own hummus dip. There are so many options, but you know what, some of my best picnics have been those impulse moments where we’ve just taken a baguette, an array of different cheeses and some cupcakes. I always think the food is important but no more than the company. You can cheat a little and check out Marks and Spencer and Waitrose – both have great summer food ranges.
Decoration – this could be as simple as a picnic blanket or you can go more elaborate. Why not add a tulle net, or a tipi using fabric reams, or even find two trees close by and hang a hammock. For adding glamour, take some battery operated fairy lights to take your picnic into the evening or why not decorate the trees around you with paper pompoms. Also, a must, have a pile of cushions for everyone to sit on, as well as a few blankets in case the weather turns a little chilly.
Entertainment – I love that you can be switched off at a picnic but that doesn’t mean no music, it just means that your phone now acts as a music hub nothing more, just remember the bluetooth portable speaker. I also find a pack of cards never goes
Hamper – now do you need a fancy picnic basket? I have to be honest, probably not, but aren’t they just so charming, I love our John Lewis beauty that was a wedding present, with proper plates and cutlery, and even real glasses, it just makes the whole occasion a little more decadent. Ours is a limited edition version that was released for their anniversary, but the normal version is here, a little pricey at £175, but you will be able to enjoy this for many years to come.
Final thing, invite your friends and make a day of it, ask everyone to bring something so you can spread out the workload and have lots of surprises to munch on. But most of all, relax, a picnic is suppose to be fun.
Have you been enjoying a picnic or two this summer?