How to Pack a Perfect Picnic! Our Tips and Tricks!
This week is National Picnic Week 11-19 June. It seems that every week is a national “something” week these days! So to get ito the picnic spirit, I thought I’d share some of the things that are sure to make a great picnic lunch. Typically my “picnics” involve stopping at Morrisons and picking up a sarnie, crisps and a fruit pot. Here are some very simple ways to jazz up your summer picnics:
Pretty plates and cutlery
You can’t go wrong with some cute paper or plastic plates. I really love these ice cream ones in Matalan at the mo.
A picnic blanket
No picnic is complete without a proper blanket – you know, they waterproof baked type that seem to take an age to re-fold after?! Or is it just me?! They did have super cute bee and ladybird ones in Matalan but I missed the boat and they are all sold out now.
Napkins and straws
Again, cute ones to be had anywhere. I love the selection in Home Bargains and Pound World.
One thing that can make or break a good picnic is how you store your food to your picnic destination. If you are like my hubby, a carrier bag does the job. If you are like me, I like to pop things in boxes, containers, bags and jars! And I’m a bit anal about keeping things cool – food poisoning and all :/
If you are strapped for time then this is the way to go. I absolutely love the picnic food ranges in stores such as Waitrose and M&S. Yes they are a bit pricey but they always do some really unique bits which I never seem to get in the regular big 4 supermarkets. I particularly like the M&S Spirit of Summer range. They have some really yummy stuff in our local store.
I always like to mix it up when having a picnic. Having just a sandwich and a packet of crisps isn’t a “picnic” in my eyes haha. I like to take some extra bits like salads, dips, fruit, cheese and onion rolls and anything else that takes our fancy. I find picnic lunches provide a really easy opportunity to get fruit and veggies into b. We often take veggie sticks and a small pot of hummus. You can usually pick up those 3 packs now in most supermarkets. Morrisons do these little packs which b and me love:
If I do have time, I love to pack a mini picnic lunchbox for little b, along the lines of something like this:
I typically use little silicone cupcake holders and a small lunchbox to store them in. These boxes are ideal for toddler lunches and can be found in most of the pound shops.
So there, some ideas for easy picnics this summer! Fingers crossed the sun shines and we actually get to put our tips to practice!
Do you have any essentials for perfect picnics? Don’t forget to pin for later!