How To Prepare The Perfect Family Picnic

We love picnics, especially during the summer. A family picnic is the ideal excuse to get the children outside and spend a lovely day together. Have a look at our top family picnic ideas.

We know it can be a real challenge to think of new and exciting ideas for picnics. To make your life easier, we have put together our top 10 things we would pack for the perfect family picnic (+ a few life savers to pop in your picnic bag.)

Our favourite picnic food ideas

1) Sandwiches

Cut the bread into squares or triangles, or use cookie cutters to create interesting shapes. You simply can’t go wrong with sandwiches!

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2) Watermelon Lollies

Buy some watermelon and cut it into slices. Cut a small slit into the skin of the watermelon, place a ice lolly stick inside and you’ll have a healthy, delicious lolly.

3) Corn on the cob

Grilled and buttered, they are even yummy to eat cold, plus they’re the ultimate summer food.

4) Vegetables and dips

There are so many variations – cucumber, carrot, celery, bread sticks (not technically a vegetable but we think they must be included in the dip-able foods), peppers, hummus, sour cream and chive dip, guacamole and many more. Easy to make and delicious, they’re ideal for picnics.

5) Chicken drumsticks

Quick to prepare and tasty, these are an all round favourite with children and adults alike. Plus, you don’t need utensils to eat them.

6) Green salad

Make a salad kids can’t resist by packing a simple green leaf salad with seeds, fruits and nuts. Great combos include pear and walnut, orange, dried cranberries and pecans, avocado and grapefruit, strawberries, spinach and sunflower seeds, raisins and pine nuts, and many others.

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7) Cheese and crackers

Another easy to prepare snack with plenty of possibilities.

8) Pasta salad

Easy to prepare and pack, choose from your favourite foods and create your own salad mix. Stick to a British favourite like tuna and sweetcorn, or try something a bit different with a Greek inspired feta cheese, cucumber, tomato and black olive salad.

9) Traybake

These are arguably one of the simplest bakes to do, and serves enough portions for the hungriest of children! Try traybake brownies, flapjacks, rocky road, carrot cake, lemon sponge…the list is endless. Yummy!

10) Home-made fruit drink

A family picnic isn’t a picnic without a fruity drink to accompany your food. You can’t go wrong with the classic lemonade, or if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, try mixing elderflower cordial with fruity mixes. If you have a blender, you can whizz up some refreshing smoothies in no time.

picnic with children

Kit list:

-picnic basket/food containers

-drink container and cups (reusable)

-paper plates and reusable cutlery

-picnic blanket

waterproof kids jacket in case it rains