The warm weather and sunny days are finally upon us, so it’s now time to plan some fun outings to make the most of the sunshine! Whether you’re going for a country walk, taking a trip to the beach or heading out on a bike ride, packing up a picnic is the perfect summer lunch for all activities. So, what does a perfect picnic consist of? Take a look at these perfect picnic choices.
Whether you are going for a plush picnic with the girls or a more traditional affair with the kids, there is a wide range of delicious foods that you can incorporate. Finger food is the most appropriate choice as it is easy to graze at whilst you enjoy socialising with friends and family. Plus, attempting to balance a plate of food as well as a drink on an uneven surface isn’t the easiest!
Sandwiches are an obvious but pleasing option. Try to avoid fillings which may go soggy, such as tomatoes or cucumber. Stick to traditional options, such as ham and cheese or chicken. Other great options for finger foods are small sausage rolls, cucumber sticks, mini scotch eggs or cherry tomatoes.
If you are having a picnic with your family, it makes sense to bring drink cartons as they are more likely to prevent spillage – children may also find them easier than using a cup! However, if you are having a girly day out, it may be nice to pop some bottles! Who doesn’t love a fresh bottle of fizz on a sunny afternoon? There are the obvious choices, such as prosecco, Asti or champagne, but if you aren’t wanting an alcoholic drink and if other alternatives are too sweet for you, then Botonique would be the perfect option. Botonique is a unique British-made natural, sparkling non-alcoholic drink alternative for lovers of wine and other sophisticated forms of alcohol. You can currently choose from two options; Crisp Dry White and Blush. Consider taking some plastic champagne flute glasses and garnish with a slice of cucumber or strawberries for the ultimate luxurious picnic tipple that won’t leave you feeling worse for wear at the end of the day.
We’ve all been on a picnic where the intention was great, but sadly the delivery fell short! Prior planning and preparation are essential, so ensure foods are packed in a sealable container, as this will prevent leaks and mess. Also, be mindful of food safety – be sure that all cooked foods have cooled down completely before you place them into containers. eat anything that has been in the blistering heat for more than a couple of hours (especially meat) no matter how tempting it may be! Pop an ice pack in with the food to keep it cool and ensure food stays fresh – and don’t forget the napkins!
Now that your picnic is prepared, it is time to go out and enjoy the warm British weather with friends and family!
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