I love a good beach picnic ...
so I am loving this gorgeous romantic inspiration.
Nothing beats a beach picnic during the school holidays.
I think the key to a good picnic is being organised and well prepared.
Write a checklist before heading off and keep an eye on the weather.
Here a few good tips for helping you plan your next picnic.
- Decide on the day. Make your final decision on the day there's nothing worse than a picnic in the rain or on a cold, windy day. Similarly you don't want to picnicing in a hot, blustery 40 degree day either.
Choose food that tastes great cold. Beaches are not the best place to be setting up a barbecue, so the best option is to make sure that you select food that tastes wonderful when it is cold. Some great choices for a beach picnic include:
- Cheeses & antipasto with crusty bread
- Raw vegetables with dips
- Ready made sandwiches or rolls
- Quiche or zucchini slice
- Pasta and rice salads
- Fruit salad or whole fruit
- Slices of cake, cookies or brownies
Aim for finger food. This will reduce the need for too many knives, forks and plates. However, you will probably still need serving spoons or forks for some items of food. And don't forget the serviettes - they'll be useful for removing sand as much as food crumbs!
Keep the drinks chilled.Take along a cooler to keep drinks chilled for the whole time you are there.
Bring a picnic blanket. It is much more pleasant to sit on a picnic blanket than directly on the sand. This will also help keep some sand out of the food, although this is almost inevitable anyway!
Take shade items. Make sure there is some protection from the sun where you are going or back a beach tent or beach umbrella.
Don't forget hats, sunnies and sunscreen. You don't want anyone coming home burnt like a lobster!
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