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How to Plan the Perfect Summer Picnic

Summertime picnics can be a lot of fun. Whether you’re looking to host a picnic in your back garden or outside of your home, we’ve got summer picnic ideas that are sure to make your picnic extra special.

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Having a picnic is a great way to get outdoors and be one with nature while eating delicious food and drinking refreshing drinks. What’s more, whether you decide to throw yourself a picnic or host a picnic with a few friends or family, this can be a great social outing and a fantastic way to spend time together.

There are a few essentials when it comes to hosting a successful summer picnic, though. Not only do you want to serve up tasty food (most of which is small and easily portable), but you also need to pack a picnic blanket, store food and items in a picnic hamper, and find ways to keep picnic food safe and cool when transporting – and all while ensuring that your picnic is stylish and comfortable!

Whether you’re wondering what to take on a picnic or looking for picnic food ideas, our handy guide is here to help you plan the perfect summer picnic.

Decide on What to Take on a Picnic

Deciding on what to take on your picnic can seem like an overwhelming task, especially if you are travelling a little further than your back garden. However, a good picnic set such as a picnic hamper, blanket and food containers can make the experience much easier than expected.

Choosing the food and drink you are going to take should be your first plan of action. Once you know the contents of your picnic, you can figure out the best way to transport it to the picnic spot and whether you need a portable barbeque, for example.

Picnic Checklist

  • Cool bag
  • Hamper
  • Insulated bottle carrier
  • Picnic blanket
  • Outdoor cutlery / utensils
  • Outdoor dishes and bowls
  • Food storage containers
  • Water bottles

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When we think of summer food, we envision fresh salads, sausage rolls, sandwiches, and perhaps barbeque foods like burgers and kebabs if you wish to grill at the location of your picnic. Of course, there is no right or wrong answer, so when it comes to deciding on the food, try and consider how you’re going to cook, store, and transport it.

If you’re in need of some inspiration, here are a few picnic recipes that would be perfect for al fresco picnic dining.

Pita Bread and Dips

Middle Eastern food is known for packing a flavourful punch, and many dishes can be shared. Pita breads can be easily made or bought, along with homemade hummus , so you and your guests can enjoy a light snack underneath the summer sun.

Vegetable Crisps

Crisps are a favourite amongst the many, so why not put a luxurious spin on the standard crisps and make your own instead of opening a packet? Not only are homemade vegetable crisps much healthier, but they can be a delicious snack you offer your guests. Check out our mixed vegetable crisps recipe  if this seems like a summer snack you’d be interested in making.

Spiralized Waldorf Salad

Our spiralized Waldorf salad recipe  is full of fresh and tasty ingredients like apples, grapes, walnuts, gorgonzola cheese, lemon and honey. Delicious on the side of nibbles or burgers, this salad is sure to impress your friends and family.

Vegetable Tartlets

Not only are tartlets delicious, with their flaky pastry and variety of vegetables, but they’re also easy to serve your guests at a picnic. You can make our vegetable tartlets the day before the picnic, store them in an airtight container, and package them in one of our picnic hampers. Feel free to adapt our vegetable tartlet recipe , using any vegetables that suit your taste buds.

Strawberries and Cream Shortbread

What better way to celebrate the warmer season than by eating fresh strawberries? We all know that strawberries and cream are a match made in heaven, which is why we’ve got a fruity strawberries and cream shortbread recipe  that is perfect for picnics, barbeques, and any other outdoor gatherings.

Summer Picnic Food Ideas

Our Melamine Tableware range is durable and beautiful, bringing a part of the Mediterranean to your picnic or outdoor dining table. The above images include our  Melamine Serving Tray Melamine Oval Serving Tray , and  Melamine Dinner Set .

How to Package Your Food Properly

Transporting your food can be tricky, but with the right storage containers, you can safely move the food to your desired location. Airtight storage containers are great due to their silicone sealed lids that promote freshness and have leak-proof properties. Furthermore, they’re perfect for storing on top of one another, which lessens the likelihood of accidentally spoiling foods that need to stay upright.

When packaging your food and placing the containers in your lunch bags, cool bags or picnic hampers, don’t forget to leave room for tableware. You’ll want to pack cutlery, plates, and water bottle or glasses.

How to Keep Your Food Cool

The best way to keep your food cool enough for a picnic is by refrigerating the food before leaving the house and by packaging food storage containers in insulated cool bags. All our picnic bags come fully insulated and a double zip closure, so you can keep food and drinks chilled and fresh while you enjoy your time relaxing under the sun.

Check out our exclusive picnicware:

ProCook Picnic Basket 4 PersonTypical Price £90Only £79Shop Now
ProCook Insulated Picnic Backpack 4 PersonTypical Price £60Only £49Shop Now
ProCook Insulated Cool Bag 20LTypical Price £25Only £19Shop Now
ProCook Picnic Blanket 150 x 135cmTypical Price £25Only £19Shop Now

Ways to Add Comfort to Your Picnic

Sitting outdoors and on the ground can seem uncomfortable for some, which is why a picnic blanket and picnic chairs can be a great addition. A comfy picnic blanket is perfect lazing underneath the sun and provides a clean surface to place your food containers and tableware.

Select Picnicware Suited to Your Needs

With such a variety of picnicware available to you, deciding on which suits your wants and needs can seem overwhelming at times. However, there are a few questions you should ask yourself beforehand. For instance, how many guests are attending your picnic? How much food are you packing? Are you bringing drinks? How do you wish to carry your picnicware?

For ease and a small picnic party, our insulated picnic backpack is ideal for groups up to four. Simply carry the backpack on your back for added comfort. For larger parties, our insulated cool bag is ideal for larger picnic groups or whole family events. Complete with carry handles and an adjustable shoulder strap for more comfortable transportation.

ProCook Insulated Bottle Carrier 2LTypical Price £15Only £12Shop Now
ProCook Melamine Leaf Design Tumblers Set of 4 / 450mlTypical Price £24Only £12Shop Now

While it may be tempting to purchase disposable plates and cutlery, forgo these disposable goods as they are damaging to the environment. Instead, use break-resistant tableware that can be safely transported to and from the picnic location and cleaned once home. What’s more, you can reuse them if you decide to host a barbeque or another picnic.

Melamine dinner plates, bowls and serveware are hardwearing, meaning they can withstand travelling while offering a contemporary feel to your picnic due to their Mediterranean-inspired blue and white design. Each piece from our melamine tableware is scratch and chip resistant, while also being lightweight and durable, which is ideal for picnics that require going to and from your chosen location.

If you are wanting to serve up ice cold drinks, why not offer your guests metal straws ? Not only are they eco-friendly, but they are also much more aesthetically pleasing than plastic straws.

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