We don’t want to jinx it… but it looks like summer is finally here! With all the beautiful weather this week, we’ve been planning lots of days out in the sunshine and – of course – our favourite part about this is being able to have plenty of picnics. But what exactly makes the perfect picnic? Today we’re sharing our top tips so you can plan the perfect picnic this summer.
Check the Weather
It might sound obvious, but make sure to check the weather before you head out for your picnic! In Britain the weather can be pretty unpredictable, but having a basic idea of what the weather is going to be is really helpful. Even if it’s looking grey and gloomy in the morning, it could be glorious sunshine by the afternoon, so plan ahead as much as you can.
Pack the Essentials
Before we get on to food and drink, take a few minutes to look out all the essentials so you don’t forget to take them with you. A couple of good picnic blankets are a must, as are napkins, paper plates, plastic glasses, a bottle opener/corkscrew and an assortment of cutlery. Don’t forget things like sun cream and plasters as they always come in handy when you’re out and about in the sunshine. Check out our Top 5 Picnic Essentials blog post for some more ideas.
Stick to Simple Food
When you’re transporting food to the great outdoors and eating without all the usual cutlery and crockery, it’s best to stick to simple things which are easy to store, serve up and eat. Simple doesn’t have to mean boring, however! Give your sandwiches a makeover with exciting new fillings – we love pulled pork with barbecue sauce and homemade coleslaw, or roast chicken with pesto and sundried tomatoes. Antipasti platters are great too, with a selection of cold meats and salami, olives, cheese, houmous, crudites and fresh bread. Big tubs of pasta or potato salad also work well, and you could even try your hand at making your own sausage rolls.
Don’t Forget the Drinks
When you’re planning a picnic, most of your time will be spent on making the food – but don’t forget the drinks as they’re just as important! Firstly, pack plenty of bottled water as you’ll no doubt get thirsty sitting out in the sun. Then, pack a few non-alcoholic drinks like a bottle of cloudy apple juice or some homemade lemonade. Finally, choose a couple of alcoholic drinks that go well with your food. If you’re going for classic antipasti, a bottle of white wine is perfect, or if your picnic is a more casual affair you can’t go wrong with some cold beers or ciders. You might even want to take some Pimms – pre-chop your fruit and store it in a tupperware box, so you can easily add it to each glass once you get to the picnic.
Pick your Picnic Spot
Once all that’s done, it’s time to get out there and pick your picnic spot. Before you head out, you should have a general idea of where you’re going – to the park, to the beach or for a woodland walk, whatever you fancy! Then once you get there, spend a few minutes scouting out the area before you settle down into your picnic spot. Grab a picnic bench if you can, or if not spread out your picnic blankets on a flat, dry piece of grass. Depending on how sunny it is, you might want to choose a shady spot to keep cool. Once you’ve chosen, lay down your blankets, unpack all the delicious food, pour everyone a drink and enjoy!
What are your top tips for planning the perfect picnic?