A picnic is the perfect way to get family and friends together. Enjoy some fresh air, make the most of a sunny day and indulge in some delicious food and drink – experiment with something different and new.
First things first, you want to be comfortable! Remember to take your favourite picnic blanket (or two) to cover the ground. You may want to pop in a collapsible chair for added comfort, especially if you don’t need to walk far to the perfect picnic spot.
If you know there may be a picnic bench you can use, why not also put in a tablecloth…pure class!
Finally, whatever the weather, don’t forget an extra layer and perhaps a waterproof – we all know the British weather likes to keep us on our toes, especially when it comes to alfresco dining.
We love a wicker basket here at hampers.com – an insulated one which keeps our drink of choice cool is even better. Check these out if you haven’t seen them already: English Sparkling Wine & Wicker Chiller Carrier and Prosecco Duo & Wicker Chiller Carrier - utterly gorgeous designs and delicious contents.
As well as your dedicated fizz carrier, consider having two other vessels for carrying everything you need for your picnic. Have one – ideally a cool box or insulated carrier – for all those items that need to stay cool.
Remember this includes not only fresh food from your fridge, but any drinks that taste better cold and also food that is likely to melt, such as chocolate. Remember to leave space for your ice blocks too, and don't forgot to pop them in the freezer at least 24 hours before your picnic.
Then keep your gorgeous wicker basket or, perhaps a larger bag or collapsible box, ready for your plates, cutlery, glasses and any food which is either warm or does not need to be kept cool. You may also need to pop in a sharp knife and chopping board, depending on what you need to prepare al fresco.
Don’t have a wicker basket? Then why not add one of these delightful hampers to your upcoming birthday list (or just treat yourself - you deserve it!)
The food and drink
There are lots of wonderful picnic recipes to choose from – succulent quiches, exotic salads and triangle sandwiches always go down well. If you need inspiration, check back soon for our upcoming recipe series from Celia Brookes.
However, what we love to focus on is the added extras! The best picnics last all afternoon and, even in to the night, so nibbles are the perfect addition.
Our hampers are packed with delicious savoury treats, including popcorn, wafers, crisps, nuts, olives and more – all from fantastic independent supplier. Do check out this year’s range of summer hampers here.
Also, why not be adventurous with something extra special to drink – have you tried Aloha 65 with ginger ale – a summer sensation? Or Tinston Cider, made the same way as champagne? …or Belvoir Elderflower Presse to really quench the thirst on a hot day?
Do you have an insulated metal water bottle or flask? Put a few ice cubes inside and they shouldn’t melt for at least 12 hours – perfect for popping in the glass of your favourite beverage.
Here at hampers.com, we are passionate about protecting our planet and choosing sustainable options when possible. No post about picnics would therefore be complete without mentioning ways to reduce single-use plastic free, alongside some eco-friendly suggestions.
Our top 5 tips for a planet-friendly picnic:
1. Choose reusable dinnerware
Avoid disposable plates, cutlery and cups for your next picnic. There are great value reusable plastic sets available, as well as those made from bamboo. Most of them are also dishwasher safe – so pop them in your basket, bag or box and let the dishwasher do the hard work when you get home.
2. Use boxes and beeswax wraps
Instead of wrapping items in cling film or foil, consider beeswax wraps and other reusable alternatives. They not only look lovely, coming in a range of designs, but are also much easier for ‘re-wrapping’ any leftovers. If you have ever tried to untangle cling film, you’ll know what we are getting at!
Similarly, use boxes (old takeaway boxes, traditional lunchboxes and Tupperware-styles work best) to transport items of food. They will not only stop any more delicate items getting squashed, but are perfect for taking home leftovers. You can even pop dirty cutlery and smaller plates in an empty one.
3. Reduce food waste
Reduce your food waste by putting any items which need to stay cool back in to your insulated bag or cool box, as soon as you are finished. A good ice block should keep the food cool enough until you get home and you can return the foods to the fridge, ready to enjoy another time.
Pop in a couple of pegs or food clips too before your leave. These are ideal for re-sealing packets of crisps and other bags of nibbles to keep them fresh for a few more days.
4. Take a tea towel and some serviettes
Instead of throw-away napkins or wet wipes, include a tea towel and a few serviettes for wiping fingers (and little dirty faces!). They are great for quickly mopping up spillages – we have all put our drink down on the uneven blanket only for it to topple over, haven’t we? Plus, the towel always comes in handy after a riverside paddle to cool off on a hot day.
5. Remember your own bin bag
Do remember to pick up any litter after your picnic. There may not always be a bin nearby, so take a dedicated reusable carrier bag so that you can gather up any rubbish and deposit your litter when you get home. You might want to take two making it easier to separate any recyclable items.
Spend some quality time together this summer
After a long start to the year, we really hope you can enjoy some quality time with friends and family this summer – have a picnic, indulge in some delicious treats, relax in the sunshine, play games and laugh together as the dog steals a sandwich. Have fun in the sun from hampers.com.
Browse our full range of summer picnic hampers available online, or explore a few of our favourites below.