Looking for some inspiration for your perfect summer picnic?
As we head into longer, warmer summer days, it feels like the perfect time for a summer picnic. Picnics can be as elaborate or as simple as you’d like; from a store-bought sandwich to a luxury hamper with champagne. They’re an excellent way to catch up with friends or spend time with your family. They also make a very romantic date, as long as it doesn’t rain that is.
Chose a good location
The first step is location. This is going to depend on a couple of things; what’s near you, how busy it will be, how easy it is to get to and how nice it will be to eat lunch there. For example, a beach is a lovely place to sit and relax but you might want to consider if you want a sandwich or a sandy-sandwich. Also, consider if there are bathrooms nearby and how easy it is to dispose of rubbish.
And don’t forget that not all picnics need to take place inside. Faced with storm clouds or wind, setting up a picnic blanket on your living room floor and tucking in is as good as it can get!
Check the weather forecast to stay prepared for all possibilities.
Once you've finalized where you want to go, look up the current and forecasted weather conditions there. This will give you an idea of what type of clothing to wear and any other items that may be necessary for your day trip (such as sunscreen).
If possible, try to schedule your picnic during an off-peak time slot at whatever venue it's located at—this way there will be fewer crowds which means more room for everyone! This also gives you more flexibility if conditions change and makes it easier on everyone involved because they won't have people coming in last minute trying to change things around because they forgot something important like their umbrella or rain boots!
Save time with a Jolly’s of Orkney Hamper
Jollys Orkney Hampers range from a “Peedie taste of Orkney” to the “Deluxe Orkney Hamper” covering all ends of the picnic spectrum. These ready-to-go hampers can include the wicker hamper, which of course, can be reused for all future picnics.
The peedie taste of Orkney hamper includes:
- 100g Thin Oatcakes
- 100g Smoked Salmon
- 200g Orkney Mature Cheddar
- 100g Orkney Fudge
- 1 x 2 Smoked Mackerel Fillets- plain
- 1/4 Grimbister Cheese - Plain
However, you can also create your own custom hamper on our website. This way, you know you’re getting everything you love and want in your hamper for your perfect summer picnic.
Get comfortable on the ground with your favourite blanket.
A blanket will help you to keep your picnic comfortable and cosy. A picnic blanket can also double as a place for you to sit, which is useful if you don't have enough chairs or if you're going somewhere that has a limited number of them (such as a park).
You can bring a blanket that's big enough for everyone sitting around it, and then fold it up after the meal is over so it doesn't take up too much space in your bag. If they're uncomfortable or too bulky, consider buying inflatable ones—they'll save space while still providing comfort!
Plan some games or activities, if it’s a social picnic.
If you want to inject some fun into your outdoor picnic with friends, consider playing bingo or cards. Or you could plan an activity like a treasure hunt or nature walk.
Prepare for all weather conditions. You can't always predict what the weather will be like when you decide on a date for your picnic, so make sure you're prepared by packing extra clothes and blankets, just in case!
Picnics can be as simple or elaborate as you want. Keep it low-key and stress-free if you’re a picnic-for-one type of person, or go all out with your friends and family to make the most of an outdoor event. You can’t go wrong with a well-packed picnic basket and a warm, sunny day. Don’t forget to consider food allergies and dietary requirements when planning your menu!
Grab yourself an Orkney hamper and get out in the sunshine this summer.