One of the best things about the summer is being able to eat in the great outdoors. These ideas – including where to go and what to eat – will take your picnic to the next level. Compiled by Alison from Not Another Mummy Blog and Tots100’s sister site Foodies100, this list will help you put together the ultimate picnic.
Where to go
The park is a great place to go for a quick picnic, and this guide to London parks from A Baby On Board‘s Gill is fantastic. Meanwhile Anna from In The Playroom loves Beachy Head for a picnic with a view. How beautiful does the Oxford Botanic Gardens look? Bubba Blue And Me says the walled gardens are like a secret hideaway.
If you’re in the north east, here are eight (count ’em) suggestions of where to go, including Rising Sun Family Park and Gibside from North East Family Fun.
And if the weather is grey and wet *looks out of window to check* then don’t let that stop you from having a picnic! Mummyshire can tell you all about the benefits of an indoor picnic.
Babies have to eat on picnics too, right? And if you live anywhere near Bristol, this post from The Bristol Parent on great spots with a view to feed your baby will give you lots of inspiration.
Activities you’ll all love
Ciara from Our Little House In The Country has 20 outdoor games you can play – from What’s The Time Mr Wolf to Hopscotch. Or work up an appetite by surfing! Helen from Actually Mummy went for a picnic on Fistral Beach recently (she didn’t get into a wetsuit though…).
Depending on where you picnic, you might be able to hire bikes. Karen from Making Memories In The Chaos went to Castlewellan Forest Park in County Down recently and bundled her little ones into a trailer! If that sounds a bit strenuous for you, take a leaf (pardon the pun) out of This Enchanted Pixie‘s book and find some fallen trees to clamber over.
Pick flowers like Blogger Mummy Lauren and her daughter or feed leftover bread to the ducks like Mummy M’s Memories. Make mud pies – something Redhead Babyled is a fan of – or play pooh sticks like Emma from Mummy Mummy Mum.
Or you could use the picnic as a chance to take some beautiful snaps of your family and friends – Katie from Mummy Daddy Me Makes Three took some gorgeous shots of the kids when she picnicked with fellow blogger Lucy from Dear Beautiful.
Kit to take
Wow! We love the look of the Gigsak, as reviewed here by Chelsea Mamma – it’s a picnic blanket that you can turn inside out to create a waterproof shelter, if the heavens open while you’re picnicking! And if you love bright outdoor picnicware then this guide to picnic must-haves from Mummy Alarm is a feast for the eyes.
Food to prepare
Grace from Eats Amazing created this Garden Lunch bento box with cute leaf-shaped carrots and flower-shaped sandwiches.
You can’t beat a good quiche and this quiche lorraine with slow cooked pulled gammon recipe from Fab Food 4 All looks delicious. The aubergine and carrot crisps made by Pippa from A Mother’s Ramblings sound tasty too.
If you’re going for good old sandwiches, Mad Mum Of 7’s tip is try to do one filling that everyone loves – which is egg mayo for her brood. Or follow Hodge Podge Days’ lead with this monkey shaped banana sandwich. Cute!
Hannah from Mums’ Days got some top picnic food tips from a chef, no less. He suggests making a loaf sandwich – packing yummy fillings into the actual loaf!
For something to drink, how about Modern Mummy‘s natural ginger beer recipe? Mmm we can practically taste it.
Make it fun!
Take Ted along and have a teddy bears’ picnic like Donna from Redhead Babyled. You won’t even need to take extra food for your furry guests…
Helen from The Princess and The Pickle had a Mad Hatters’ Tea Party themed picnic with costumes, love heart muffins and ‘Eat me’ signs on the food.
We love the look of this story themed picnic by Caterpillar Tales – Grandpa Pig’s carrots, Winnie the Pooh’s honey sandwiches and Peter Rabbit’s salad all feature.
If it’s all going a bit wrong, read Eeh Bah Mum‘s funny tips on how not to do a picnic and it’ll at least make you smile!
What are your top picnic tips?
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