It’s July, Summer is finally here and guess what… it’s National Picnic Week!
Picnics can be enjoyed throughout the year but the best ones are usually on lazy days in the Summer sunshine. Simply pack your backpack full of delicious treats and goodies and set off outside. Then, it’s time to find the perfect place to picnic. We suggest a place with a bit of sun and a bit of shade, maybe under a large oak tree. Perhaps with a lovely view of the park, a lake or even some rolling hills.
Don’t forget, you can pretty much picnic anywhere!
So, what do you need to pack for a picnic…
Firstly, the food, think fresh ready to eat items that will keep well in a Tupperware dish. Some suggestions include, fresh fruit, vegetable crudités, sandwiches, salads, crisps and dips.
If you need some salad dressing inspiration, check out this blog on 5 Quick and Easy Sald Dressing Recipes.
Don’t forget to take something to drink, especially in the hot weather. A reusable water bottle is great for on the go. Or why not add a bottle of wine or champagne for a special occasion.
Next, you will need to pack a picnic blanket or towel to sit on. Add some plates, cutlery, glasses and napkins.
Finally, you can pack some outdoor games or toys, like a football, frisbee or rounders set.
So what happens when the weather takes a turn for the worse… have a carpet picnic of course! You can still set up your rug and food indoors, but luckily you will be sheltered from the rain. Perhaps you could have a fun day playing board games or spend the afternoon painting or drawing.
The 10th July is Teddy’s Bear’s Picnic day! What a great idea for the children. Simply, pack all the items above AND include a favourite teddy or soft toy!
If you like a challenge, try packing a ‘plastic free picnic’. What could you use instead of cling film, perhaps you could wrap your sandwiches in a napkin. Or use reusable water bottles, paper bags and bamboo cutlery. You can even get compostable plates.
Remember to clean up your rubbish afterwards, take home everything you came with. If you see any other rubbish on the ground, pick that up too!
In conclusion, picnics are for everyone… so please enjoy National Picnic Month!