How to Plan the Perfect Picnic

How to Plan the Perfect Picnic - The Very Happy Belly Co.

Whether it’s a nice day out or a celebration with friends, a picnic is a great way to spend some time with loved ones while outside and enjoying the sun! A cost efficient way to spend some time in the fresh air and be active, you can't beat a good old fashioned picnic.

In this article, we share some of our best tips and tricks to set up the perfect picnic. 

Finding the right place:

Although picnic tables could be more comfortable, we love laying down a blanket and sitting on the grass in the style of a classic picnic. Whatever your preference may be, you need to pick a good spot to make sure you have a fun and safe time.

Tip 1: Consider the shade: half of the fun of having a picnic is feeling the sun on our faces; however, spending too much time in the sun can lead to some serious health issues. Consider making sure there is some shade nearby so you can take breaks from any direct sunlight.

Tip 2: Find a nice view: if possible try and find a nice green space with plenty of natural scenery. Reconnecting with nature helps us feel grounded but it’s also just to spend time in a natural setting (especially if you want to take some photos).

Tip 3: Not too busy - try and plan your picnic at a time and place where it won’t be too busy. You don’t want to be in a crowded area and we definitely don’t need any footballs flying into our food!


Picnic blanket with fresh fruit and flowers

Suggested Equipment:

Tip 1: Picnic basket and a cooler: everybody knows you should bring a picnic basket to a picnic, the woven baskets are spacious but light enough to carry your food. However, not everyone thinks to bring cooler. Bringing a cooler with a few ice bags in will help preserve certain foods and keep your drinks fresh.

Tip 2: A three-tier stand: this one is slightly less essential and might be harder to transport, but it will save space on the blanket and it’s a lovely way to display the different types of food you might take.

Tip 3: Hand sanitiser: this item has become essential for any outing, but we definitely recommend making sure you add this to your bag when eating food outside. If you want to be extra careful, maybe add some biodegradable wet wipes (just remember to dispose of them correctly)!

Tip 4: Napkins: nothing is worse than eating a meal, getting food all over your hands and having nothing to wipe them with. Napkins are an easy way to keep clean and prevent getting stains on your brand new sundress!

Tip 4: A bin bag: not everyone thinks to bring one of these, but if your picnic spot doesn’t have any bins nearby, it would save a trip of travelling to a bin and helps leave the space you occupied as you found it.

Staying Safe:

Tip 1: Dress appropriately: if you plan on spending long amounts of time in the sun make sure you’re wearing appropriate clothing. Lightweight clothing, sunglasses, and a hat all play their part in protecting you from the sun’s UV rays.

Tip 2: Remember the suncream: just like clothing, suncream is essential in protecting your skin from the sun’s UV rays; putting some on before leaving the house is not enough, it is recommended that it be reapplied every two hours! We suggest you bring the bottle with you for the best protection.

Tip 3: Drink Plenty of Water: spending time in the heat can create a risk of dehydration, it is important to make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.



Now onto the fun part! What food you take on a picnic is completely up to you, but here are some tips on how to make the most of your picnic food.

Tip 1: Make your own: we recommend making your own food as it will be cheaper and you have a better choice over the quantity. Keep the recipes simple but tasty, and if you want to take photos, putting a little extra effort into the presentation goes a long way.

Tip 2: Choose foods that travel well and are convenient to eat: there are a few things to consider when choosing the food to pack for a picnic, a few things we suggest to think about is whether or not the food is non-greasy, if you’ll need cutlery to eat it, and if it will withstand the heat.

Tip 3: Consider a charcuterie board: recently charcuterie boards have risen in popularity over social media. They’re a great way to try different food combinations and it’s easy to make presentable. Find a great recipe for a charcuterie board here.

Tip 4: Drinks: we would suggest bringing drinks in bottles, but also taking cups to drink out of. To travel, we recommend using a flask bottle to keep cool drinks cool. You can use reusable plastic cups to drink out of instead of glass is lighter and safer. 

Charcuterie board fresh fruit and meats

Final Thoughts:

Overall, the best advice we could give you is to plan in advance. If you want to do a photoshoot with friends or family you can plan a theme of a colour scheme. Just please remember to be safe in the sun and have fun with it!

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