With the summer in full swing, it’s the perfect time to plan a picnic. Who doesn’t love kicking back to eat delicious food in the sunshine with good company?

The word picnic stems from the mid 18th century, denoting a social event at which each guest contributes food to the gathering. We’d like to contribute some tips and tricks to help you host the perfect British picnic.

Location, location, location.

You can have a picnic pretty much anywhere, but your choice of setting is one of the most important considerations when planning your picnic.

Do you want to hike to a picturesque spot, brimming with nature with not another person in sight? If so, get your walking boots on and pack light, taking only the essentials in a rucksack: food, drink and a blanket to sit on!

Do you want to dine in a park with wooden picnic benches to avoid sitting on the ground? If so, you can take more with you as there’ll be parking close by and look out for parks with BBQ areas. There may even be a playground in the park to keep kids entertained.

Need some location inspiration? The National Trust has done all the hard work for you, listing some of the best picnic spot in the UK by region.

You could even have a picnic in your own garden if you don’t have much time to spare, prepare your picnic as you would if you were visiting a park and invite the neighbours along!

Indoor picnics are also great fun, especially if your summer is washed out with rain - create a den in your lounge, ask the kids to plan the menu, turn the TV off and play some board games with the family!

Comfort is key

A picnic is the ultimate chill out so it’s important that comfort is one of your main considerations. Make sure you choose somewhere with trees for shade and pack plenty of sun cream.

A picnic isn’t a picnic without a blanket. You can buy a cheap shower curtain for less than £5 and place it underneath and blanket or bed sheet to instantly waterproof it. Scatter with cushions from your sofa for an instant boho chic vibe. Fancy showing off your sewing skills? Here’s a stylish, simple pattern for more comfortable picnicking.

Food, Glorious Food

Looking for some inspiration for a kids’ picnic? Crumbs Food has some great tips on easy, healthy and delicious picnic food for kids.

The Perfect British Picnic

Comfort is key

A picnic is the ultimate chill out so it’s important that comfort is one of your main considerations. Make sure you choose somewhere with trees for shade and pack plenty of sun cream.

A picnic isn’t a picnic without a blanket. You can buy a cheap shower curtain for less than £5 and place it underneath and blanket or bed sheet to instantly waterproof it. Scatter with cushions from your sofa for an instant boho chic vibe. Fancy showing off your sewing skills? Here’s a stylish, simple pattern for more comfortable picnicking.

Food, Glorious Food

Looking for some inspiration for a kids’ picnic? Crumbs Food has some great tips on easy, healthy and delicious picnic food for kids.

Tips and tricks

serve food on sticks

Nobody likes plastic cutlery – they can break and are notoriously difficult to use when balancing your plate on your lap. Rather than take the heavy cutlery from your kitchen drawer, prepare your food on kebab sticks: the food will be easy to eat and you can dispose of the sticks when you’re done. Here are some of our favourite recipes to inspire your picnic sticks, food looks fancy on sticks but they’re so easy to prepare!

put food and drink in jars

Save money on buying Tupperware and prepare your food in old jam jars, they won’t leak in your cool box and you won’t need any plates or dishes - just serve the food straight from the jars. They look good too! Here are some amazing meals you can make in mason jars or jam jars.

freeze bottle of water and use them as freezer packs for your coolbox

Fill plastic bottles with water, freeze and place them in your cool box to keep food fresh and chilled. The bottles will also provide you with ice-cold drinking water as the ice begins to melt – bonus. 

Games

A picnic wouldn’t be complete without some fun outdoor games, make up your own or play some of our favourites:

  •        Rounders: You can get a cheap rounders bat set from most toy shops or on Amazon for around £15.
  •        Hide and Seek
  •        Twister: Improvise and use coloured paper plates for the dots rather than buying the official game
  •        Skimming Stones
  •        Nature Jenga: stack stones or twigs rather than buying the official game
  •        Nature Scavenger Hunt: Help kids learn about nature and keep them entertained, you can find a free printable here

Happy picnicking!

 

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