It’s National Picnic Week, so pack up your hamper and head for a gastro adventure in the great outdoors (or just a food-filled afternoon in your local park). The perfect picnic doesn’t have to be fancy, just easy to pull together, easy to eat and easy on your wallet! Here are 9 tips to give you a head start.
1 it's in the bag
Is the grass a bit damp? Save everyone from wet bums by laying several sturdy re-usable shopping bags on the ground, then place your blanket on top. This picnic blanket is perfect if you don’t already have one.
2pick 'n' mix
Cut down on mess and cutlery by including lots of finger food from old favourites like cocktail sausages and sausage rolls to something a bit different like mushroom arancini or feta and spinach parcels, as well as nibbles such as nuts and crisps for easy grazing.
3keep bugs at bay
Want to stop bugs diving into your drinks? Place an upside-down cupcake case over your cup and hold it in place by threading through a paper straw.
Make up delicious salads and pop individual servings into jars – put the dressing in first so the leaves don't go soggy. When you’re ready to eat, simply shake the jar to mix the dressing with the salad.
Want to make sure everyone gets their five-a-day? Fruit kebabs will help towards that. Get the kids involved when you're making them by letting them cut out fruit shapes using cookie cutters.
6fun and games
7go for a dip
8it's a wrap
Take a DIY approach. Put out a pile of wraps along with a selection of fillings like leftover chicken, ham, grated cheese, lettuce, chopped tomatoes and more, and let everyone make their own wrap.
Remember to leave no trace of your picnic and take all your litter with you. Get everyone to help – save a final sweet treat as a reward for when everything is packed up.