How to Have the Best Picnic Ever!

With summer comes sun and with sun comes picnics! Now we don’t know about you guys, but here at Shabby Store, a good old fashioned picnic is one of the best things about the warmer months of the year. Keep the food modern and the entertainment traditional for the most stress free outdoor meals yet – now get out there and enjoy summer! Here’s 10 ways to make your picnic the best ever.

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1. Jars

Glass lidded jars aren’t just trendy right now, they’re actually really useful for transporting smaller portions of food. Try throwing chocolate mousse or strawberries and cream in some small jars to keep fresh, safe and cute at a school fete.

2. Bread Base

This idea is so simple but is sure to delight kids and adults alike. Simply buy a big, sturdy loaf, hollow out the insides and fill carefully with a variety of yummy sandwich fillings in layers and then wrap tightly with clingfilm and refrigerate. On the picnic, whip out a sharp breadknife and dole out the sandwich slices.

3. Bring Entertainment

Even if crisps and wine can keep the grown-ups entertained all day and into the night, kids get tired of food on a blanket pretty quickly. Books, Frisbee, footballs and chunky board games are all practical and fun.

4. Bring a Shower Curtain

Yep, you read that right – bring a shower curtain to your picnic. Laying a waterproof sheet on the ground makes all the difference when it comes to keeping bums dry.

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5. Muffin Tins

These things aren’t just good for baking cupcakes, they’re awesome for transporting smaller items, dips and sauces for easy and neat access.

6. Pack Separately

Nobody likes a soggy sandwich, so pack your fillings and a loaf separately for a rustic and fresh tasting bite.

7. Pack Blankets

If you think the picnic is likely to run on into the evening, pack up the car with blankets and warm hoodies so the fun can continue as long as you like.

8. Icy Drinks

Frozen bottles of wine make the perfect ice packs – and who can say no to a chilled glass of chardonnay?

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9. Sun Care

Everyone loves a good doze in the sun – but not without suncream, hayfever tablets and hats! The kids might think you’re fussing but they’ll thank you later.

10. Music

Not everybody remembers to bring music to a picnic but a small set of iPod docking speakers will make all the difference – just make sure the playlist isn’t too embarrassing!

Living Outdoors

When the sun comes out, everyone loves spending more and more time outdoors. Here at Shabby Store, we have some gorgeous al fresco places to sit, relax and recline when those snaky sun rays come out to play. Choose from slick chairs, solid tables and pretty planters to seriously perk up your outside space’s look.

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