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Plan the Perfect Family Picnic

Posted on 18 May 2018

We all know the drill when it comes to British summer time – the second the sun shows its face you cannot hesitate for a moment; get out and absorb that vitamin D!

There’s no better way to bask in the summer sun than with a family picnic. Here are our ingredients for a perfect picnic.

It’s all about the food

The ideal picnic food is portable finger food that’s not going to create too much mess (there’s a reason the humble pork pie is a firm al fresco favourite).

Think sandwiches, sausage rolls, and tray bakes. Or if you’re after a healthier affair, how about a pasta or cous cous salad (which you can make the night before), chopped veggies, and an exotic fruit salad?

Why not get the family involved in creating your feast? Make all your dishes from scratch together. Or encourage the kids to make their own sandwiches and have a Masterchef-style competition to decide the sandwich champion.

And don’t forget to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated.

The perfect picnic spot

Where you choose to picnic can obviously make or break the day. Find somewhere with plenty of space for the kids to run around, but you can still keep an eye on them.

You should make sure there’s an area in the shade if the sun gets too fierce. If there are a few trees at your destination bring a sun shade or tent to help you keep cool.

Stay safe and dry

Hopefully it goes without saying, but don’t forget the sun cream and sun hats. Bug spray can also be a lifesaver, especially if you’re planning to stay out into the evening.

Now nobody wants to end the day with a funny tummy, so pack your picnic basket with ice packs. Keeping your food cool will help you avoid food poisoning.

While the sky may say it’s clear, warm and dry, this is the UK, and the weather can turn in a flash. Pack waterproofs and umbrellas just in case (you know the day you don’t bring a brolly will be the day it rains).

Pack the right gear

Nothing says great picnic like a big fluffy blanket you can laze on after a few too many pork pies. To really UK-proof your picnic blanket, purchase one with a waterproofed underside to guard against dew or mud from yesterday’s rain.

If you’re planning to walk a ways to your picnic spot, opt for lightweight reusable plastic plates, cups and cutlery, available from most supermarkets and homeware shops. Better yet, pack food that can be eaten straight from the Tupperware.

And don’t forget to pack plenty of napkins for messy hands and faces!

Al fresco entertainment

Of course food is a massive part of the perfect family picnic, but what can really make it is how much fun you have!

Bring plenty of outdoor activities and toys, like balls and Frisbees, a kite if there’s a breeze, or if you’re not opposed to getting soaked on a hot day, water balloons.

For a relaxed atmosphere, bring a portable Bluetooth speaker to play your kids favourite music (or yours!). Some of the speakers on the market today are pretty powerful despite their modest size, so be sure you’re not disturbing and fellow picnickers with your tunes.

Now you’re packed and prepped for your perfect picnic, ready to go the second the sun shows up.