Hosting the perfect picnic
When could possibly be the best time to throw a splendid gin picnic you ask?
We’d say, almost definitely as part of National Picnic Week from the 18 – 26 June, but by all means have a trial run – see what works, what doesn’t, what transports well and what happens to a scotch egg in the sunshine (we’ll let you be the judge of that!)…
This year the only thing we’re leaving to chance in our picnic planning is the weather – although even that won’t get in the way of everyone having a great time and most importantly, making memories with friends and families.
We think it’s worth putting the effort in to a bit of pre-planning, dotting the ‘i’s and crossing the ‘t’s – there’s no reason a party in the park should look any less chic than a proper table setting.
Before we get to the good part (the fruity gin cocktails of course), here are our picnic mandatories.
- A few large picnic blankets – spread them all out to create a comfy space
- Cool bags and Picnic hamper
- Serving bowls & platters and some containers to give away leftovers
- Salt and Pepper shakers
- Water jugs
- Tea towels
- Ice buckets/bottle coolers/ice
- Disinfectant spray
- Rubbish bags
- Brollies/ raincoats
- A jumper or a fleece in case things get chilly and some suntan lotion (because you never know, particularly in Scotland)
- Games and a Mini speaker
- First aid kit with Insect repellent
The fancy stuff to take your picnic up a level
- Lazy Susan x 2 – one for your condiments, one for your cocktail mixers (you’re welcome)
- Tablecloth, napkins and small flower vases for table settings
- Proper cutlery (food doesn’t taste great served in or with plastic)
- Cheeseboard plus cheese knives (because presentation is everything)
- Lanterns and maybe some fairy lights in mason jars if you’re feeling creative
- Cushions and blankets
Any food can be picnic food – it doesn’t have to be a quartered sandwich, sausage roll, savoury egg or chips and dip affair. For example, a pavlova can be assembled almost anywhere and is always a showstopping dessert. Scones with clotted cream and jam (always a winner!), fresh strawberries, raspberries, and chocolate bites for something sweet. An assortment of artisan breads and crackers, a seafood platter with langoustines and a side of baked salmon, continental meats platter, Mediterranean salad, olive tapenade, Caprese salad, coronation chicken. We really could go on and on…
If you need some more inspiration for your spread, have a gander at the National Picnic Week website.