How to Master the Ultimate Summer Picnic
Outdoor birthday parties, movie screenings and beach gatherings are the essence of Aussie summertime, and each is the perfect excuse for a fabulous picnic. This may sound like a simple task, but the art of mastering the ultimate summer picnic is often easier said than done. To help you get it right every time, we’ve listed five simple ways in which you can pull off a delicious outdoor feast.
- The Food
Coming up with a menu that’s both portable and delicious can be tricky. The main things to remember are that sauces may leak, and things may not end up quite as pretty as they did when you put them in the car. Cheese, meat and bread are staples of the classic French picnic, but If you’re bringing the whole family, we recommend trying an easy dish like pesto pasta salad, with some tasty sliced watermelon for dessert. Loose fruit like cherries, strawberries and blueberries are always a hit, and you can find an amazing selection at The Growers. If you’re stuck for inspiration, Kmart also have a selection of easy summer recipes that are perfect for al fresco dining.
- The Drink
If you’re having a family friendly picnic, the main priority will be to keep everyone hydrated and happy. If it’s a more grown-up picnic, the priority will be keeping the wine cool! Either way, an esky or coolbox is a must, and remember that fizzy drinks or wine will soon lose their appeal if they are left in the sun. Don’t forget to pack plenty of water to cater to all parties.
- The Transport
Whether you choose to stow your picnic in a traditional wicker basket or a cool bag, you’ll need to ensure everything has been packed in sturdy (read: leak-proof) boxes. Beeswax wraps, reusable zip lock bags and a few, strong containers will ensure that everything will stay fresh and cool all day. If you have items like cheese, ham or crackers, consider bringing along some serving platters to spread things out on.
- The Plates, Cups & Cutlery
Picnics typically involve a lot of rubbish, especially when those plastic plates, cups and cutlery get involved. Say no to single-use plastics and cut down on your rubbish with a set of reusable or eco plates and cutlery. Biodegradable bamboo (like these ones from Woolworths) or sustainable wood are good options too, otherwise, reusable sets are more sturdy and will come in handy if you’re a frequent picnicker.
- The Seating
As nice as it is to feel the grass or sand between your toes, a comfortable picnic blanket is a must for laying out your feast. This helps keep bugs from nibbling on your food and will offer a more comfortable seat. Make sure your blanket is big enough to seat multiple people, or your fellow picnickers will end up on the ground! This one from Kmart will fold up easily and is jazzy enough for your kids to be able to see you across crowded spaces.
So what are you waiting for? Claim one of Sydney’s top picnic spots to while away the afternoon or plan a fun-filled day at Top Ryde’s Summer pop-up in the park. Here from Jan 10th – Feb 10th, you and the family can enjoy a custom-built sandpit, yard games, picnic tables and takeaway options for the whole family to enjoy. Start planning your day here!