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Ideas for Picnics in the Park or in the Country

A Picnic on a Warm Summer's Day


Getting Started With A Basket

  • Find a nice big basket with a strong handle and line it with a lovely colourful gingham fabric in yellow, red or blue. Any fabric that has a bright look to it will do.
  • You can add ties to the fabric, so that it can be removed easily and washed after use.
  • Ready made picnic baskets can be purchased, with all the plates and cutlery inside them. They can be pricey, though.
  • Wicker crates can also be turned into a sturdy container for all your picnic goodies.
  • They normally come in white or natural cane colour.

Beautiful Red and White Colour Scheme


What Savoury Foods to Pack

  • Easy sandwiches that are not too fussy.
  • Use ham, lettuce and mustard for a bit of heat.
  • Chicken diced with a good mayonnaise and combined with chopped chives, a dash of chili powder, ground salt and pepper. All on a bed of lettuce for crunch.
  • Mini hot dogs with smoked sausage, onion and tomato relish can also taste delicious.
  • A quiche is also a good savoury alternative to sandwiches.
  • A board with various cheese and biscuits with a dip included, can be fun to prepare too.
  • Potato salad always is always a winner and can be prepared a day before and kept refrigerated.
  • Whole cold chicken that has been barbecued, can be bought and wrapped in tin foil to keep fresh.

Summer Snacks


Easy items for a relaxed picnic


Some Sweet Treats

A lemon meringue pie

  • An apple crumble
  • Milk tart
  • Chocolate muffins
  • Chocolate brownies
  • A home baked cake
  • Strawberries
  • Fruit salad in mugs

Picnic at Home



Diana Carol Abrahamson (author) from Somerset West on August 23, 2021:

Yes picnic baskets have an appeal of their own. A fun make-shift one, is a little less expensive and just as handy.Thanks Liza :)

Diana Carol Abrahamson (author) from Somerset West on August 23, 2021:

Thanks Denise. Quiche would need a plastic fork and paper plates. I would cut it before we leave, ready to lift :)

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Liza from USA on August 22, 2021:

Great ideas for a picnic. I'm sure we all wanted to have a beautiful picnic basket with yummy food in it. Thanks for sharing!

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on August 22, 2021:

I don't know how portable quiche is. Seems like you would need plates and forks to eat them. My idea of picnics involves as few utensils as possible. Finger food mostly. But this gives me ideas. Thanks.



Diana Carol Abrahamson (author) from Somerset West on August 21, 2021:

Thank you Peggy. Love a picnic in the country. Accentuates the appetite :)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 20, 2021:

Picnicking outdoors is such a fun treat. Thanks for your bright ideas.

Diana Carol Abrahamson (author) from Somerset West on August 20, 2021:

Thanks John.Yes quite a dilemma to keep from us all getting covid weary.Still around every corner.:) Love a good old fashioned picnic, with a modern twist.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 19, 2021:

Simple but stylish picnic ideas, Diana. With social distancing still a factor in dining out, a picnic is a good alternative. Thanks for sharing.

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