How to prep the perfect picnic

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It’s National Picnic Week from Saturday 18th to Sunday 26th June, and to mark your very first picnic outing of 2022, we’ve prepared an essential guide to picnic in style. Whether you’re hosting your own outdoor feast to celebrate Father’s Day or simply want to make the most of this splendid season, the following tips will certainly come in handy!

Find the perfect spot

With so many great picnic spots to explore right here in the UK, we Britons are spoilt for choice. Whether venturing away from home or setting up in your backyard, it’s easy to enjoy your picnic feast in a leafy, green location.

We recommend choosing a spot that is not only scenic but undercover. A well-positioned tree in an open space is the best option. It’ll provide a cool, shady place to lay your picnic blanket, and plenty of surrounding space to play and enjoy the sun.

Invest in those picnic essentials

No picnic would be complete without a great quality picnic blanket, and as So Cosy proves wool is made for summer.

Our picnic blankets are not only stylish but they’re also made from the highest quality, ethically sourced materials. Our dual-sided designs incorporate a wool upper side for a comfortable, cosy place to picnic wherever you decide to pitch up and a waxed cotton ground side for a convenient, waterproof and durable finish.

Both our roll-up and fold-away picnic blankets are compact and easy to carry, meaning a fuss-free journey from your home to your picnic spot. Making a day of it? Add extra comfort to your picnic blanket by bringing along a few pillows.

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Plan your menu and ditch those soggy sarnies

The picnics of yesteryear are well known for their soggy, rather unappetising sandwiches, but these days things are different.

You can be as creative as you like with your picnic menu, with fresh summer produce providing all you need to create stunning salads, scrumptious mains, artisan-inspired tarts, and delicious, homemade desserts.

Keep all your carefully prepared goodies cool

Whilst our picnic blankets feature handy storage pockets, you’ll need another storage solution for your picnic food and drink. The Spruce Eats offers some great advice for getting your goodies from A to B and keeping things cool on the journey:

“Use cool bags or an icebox -picnic hampers look lovely but often are heavy to carry whereas a coolbox/bags will keep food at the correct temperature to help avoid any risk of food poisoning. Put small bottles of water, and juice in the freezer for a few hours before the picnic if you have time. These can then double-up as chiller blocks to keep food cold and when you reach your picnic spot, the drinks will still be cold.”

Pack more accessories for picnicking perfection

Mason jars are underrated picnic accessories that will certainly serve you well. They can transport food and drink, and could even be used to house a salad (dressing and all) most creatively. Although bulky, a cutting board is another must-pack picnic item and one that’s ideal for preparing, serving and displaying food.

Looking to turn your picnic outing into an overnight adventure? Our range of picnic accessories means you can be prepared for anything, including an impromptu night of wild camping!

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