Do you have a butler?
Do you have a butler?
We’d all like the have a decadent Downton Abbey style picnic, complete with butler carrying our eclectic antique china and delicately prepared glass mason jars with individual servings of salad... but back in the real world, we've put together our favourite picnic hacks to help make your next picnic a breeze.
Put a shower curtain or vinyl table cloth under your blanket to make sure you don’t get a soggy bum!
A cupcake case is an ideal cover for drinks. Just poke a straw through the middle and enjoy, with no need to fish out any over-keen bugs and beasties. If it's windy, secure with a hair elastic.
Freeze grapes to bring with you – they will keep your food cool in a coolbox, they won’t melt everywhere like ice-cubes, they won’t dilute your drink, and most importantly, they’re delicious!
Want to bring along salt and pepper or range of spices, repurpose old tic tac boxes rather bringing along your full size shakers.
Forget ice-blocks, frozen bottles of water will keep food. When they melt you can drink them and you'll have less to carry home.
If you want to keep your food and drink off the ground, pack a foldable plastic crate which you can turn upside down to create a table.
For a beach picnic, rather than taking a picnic blanket, take an old fitted sheet. All you need are some bottles or bags holding up each corner and you’ve got yourself an anti-sand pit
Having a bigger picnic? Get hold of your nan’s rolling shopping bag. They have plenty of space and are often very hard-wearing. Much easier than trying to carry several bags of food.
Picnicing near a lake or a slow-running stream? Bring along some kiddies arm bands and some string. Pop bottles inside the armband and tie it to a tree to keep it nearby… instant cooling system!
Used to impromptu picnics in the park? Invest in some anti-bacterial hand gel, which will make eating finger-food outdoors more hygienic.
Bring a spray bottle of mint mouthwash to every picnic. Why? Insects don’t like the smell of mint, and a few sprays will keep them away so that you can enjoy your meal in peace.
If you are cooking using a campfire and you can't find any kindling or yours has got damp , try using a handful of Doritos which are surprisingly flamable!
Pop your phone inside a plastic cup to amplify any music you want to play – just make sure you’re staying respectful to those around you. Tests have shown it can increase output by 13 decibels.
Using disposable BBQs? Once one is finished, stack the second on top – you won’t need to find another suitable space and the second one will heat faster thanks to the residual heat of the first.
Want to sit on something soft but afraid your sweater will get muddy or sandy? Fold it up and put it inside a plastic carrier bag. It’ll be protected from the elements but still nice and soft.