Planning the Perfect Picnic

1) Picnic Styles

There are many ways we can picnic, from the ever traditional all the way through to themed elaborate events.

Traditional – Picnic rug, basket or cooler bag, sandwiches etc.

Pallet Picnic – Floor cushions, pallet table, gourmet grazing selection.

Table Picnic – Perfect for BBQs and knife and fork meals.

Elaborate Events – OTT (over the top) settings ideal for a romantic surprise, birthday celebration or special occasion.

2) Occasions

A picnic doesn’t just have to be a casual affair, you can create exactly the right atmosphere for any occasion, for example;

  • Casual Friend catch ups
  • Romantic picnics for 2
  • Elaborate events
  • Brunch dates
  • High tea
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3) Eats

The food you choose will be completely dependent on a number of things, with the most important being your personal taste!

From simple homemade sandwiches and baked goods, to gourmet cheese and charcuterie grazing boards, all the way to carefully crafted fine dining menus, anything goes when it comes to a picnic.

Here are some of our favourites;

  • Cheese board
  • Charcuterie/Antipasto
  • Fresh seafood platter with oysters, prawns and salmon gravlax




4) Drinks

With the majority of picnics happening in the warmer months (but definitely not limited to), it makes sense that when it comes to drink choices we tend to lean towards those that are chilled.

Think bright and young Semillion, Chablis style Chardonnay, dry Rose or even a fruit forward Pinot Noir.

Keeping your wine chilled doesn’t have to be a challenge, there are a number of wine specific insulated products on the market, but something as simple as an ice bucket and some frozen grapes in the glass work brilliantly too.

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5) What to pack

Besides the obvious (picnic rug, basket, food and drink), here are a few items that should be on your essentials list.

  • Insect repellant
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Water
  • Sharp knife
  • Rubbish bags
  • Plastic containers/ziplock bags for any leftovers
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Serviettes
  • Umbrella for shade (or incase the weather takes an unexpected turn)
  • Lanterns for lighting in the event of a twilight picnic