Summer is the perfect time for picnics. It’s a great way to appreciate the warm weather, relax with loved ones, and enjoy a delicious array of food and drinks. Planning the perfect picnic can be a bit overwhelming, but that’s why we’re here to help. With our freshly baked goods, you can elevate your picnic experience without spending all day in the kitchen before the big event. We’ll show you everything you need to plan the perfect picnic, including a variety of options based on the theme that best fits your specific occasion.
No picnic is complete without the sweets, and that’s one area your friends at Chummys will always have covered. Whether you’re looking for gooey New York-style cookie delivery or irresistibly fudgy brownies, our treats will help you to bring a gourmet experience to your event, impressing your guests with every bite.
Read on for our guide to all the essentials you need for making the most of your next picnic.
When it comes to planning a picnic, it’s important to be prepared. These essential picnic items will take your outing from good to amazing. From comfy blankets to sit on and delicious treats to snack on, this list has everything you need to create a hassle-free and memorable picnic experience.
Blanket- It may seem so simple, but it can easily be overlooked. You’ll need to make sure you create a comfortable environment. A thick blanket is ideal for picnics, and some may even choose to bring along a few pillows for an extra cosy feel.
Utensils and Napkins- They’re easily forgotten because they are small, but having no cutlery would certainly put a damper on your picnic. To reduce waste, opt for reusable items you won’t have to throw away.
Reusable Plates and Cups- If you’re serving snack food or appetizers, you may want to use smaller plates and refill them, but if you plan to serve sandwiches or larger food items, lunch plates may be more appropriate. Reusable plates and cups are environmentally friendly, and some picnic basket sets may even include them with special pockets for plate storage.
Cooler or Insulated Bag- It’s important to keep food at a safe temperature for consumption. While this isn’t a concern with shelf-stable foods or bread, if you plan to bring dairy, fruit, or desserts that typically require refrigeration, you’ll want to bring ice packs and an insulated bag to keep them cool. Filling a cool box with ice and placing your food and drinks inside is also a simple way to keep them at a safe temperature.
Remember that after 2 hours at room temperature, many refrigerated foods and even foods off the barbecue are considered unsafe to eat due to the risk of bacteria growth. On hot summer days, the time could be even less due to the extra heat and moisture.
Sunblock and Bug Spray- It’s always a good idea to apply sunblock and bug spray before heading outside for the day. You may even consider bringing some with you in case other guests forgot to bring their own.
Bin Bags- Parks often have rubbish bins, but depending on availability, you may not want to fill one up with all your waste. Bringing your own bin bag is more convenient and will make it easy to separate any recycling you may have from your picnic as well.
Food and Beverages- Of course, the main event - food! Food and beverage are the stars of the picnic. Be sure to bring plenty of water and a fun drink option as well, such as lemonade or iced tea. Having a picnic should be enjoyable and relaxing, so don’t be afraid to outsource some of the work. Pick up party trays from the store and order a variety of Chummys treats to be delivered right to your door the day before your picnic for one less thing on your to-do list.
5 Picnic Basket Ideas
While classic picnic baskets are fun, you can create a more specialized outdoor dining adventure with a themed picnic basket. Themed baskets also add charm and a thoughtful touch that complements your day. From a romantic sunset date to a weekend family outing, these baskets will seamlessly fit into any occasion.
Sweet and Salty Basket
If you’re a fan of sweet and savoury, packing a picnic basket with a variety of those treats is a quick and easy opportunity to enjoy them. Including fresh bronuts, salted caramel brownies, and salty treats, this basket has something for everyone. This type of picnic basket is perfect for those who want something quick and easy and love to enjoy a variety of snacks.
- Blondies and Brownies
- Pretzel sticks
- Mixed nuts
- Fresh fruit
- Cheese cubes and salami
A Gourmet picnic basket can offer a sophisticated picnic experience. Whether you’re planning a romantic picnic for your partner or a fun day out with friends, an elevated basket can add a new level of elegance to your picnic event. This basket has a mix of flavorful savoury items and sweet baked goods, such as Rocky Road bars, that will satisfy any cravings.
- Artisan cheese (aged cheddar or brie)
- Gourmet cured meats
- Rustic bread
- Proscuitto-wrapped melon
- Marinated olives
- Rocky road bars
- Dried fruit
- Grapes, strawberries, or figs
Chocolate Lovers Basket
For a sweet and extra indulgent picnic, the chocolate lover’s themed basket is the perfect choice. This picnic basket is filled with delicious chocolate treats as rich as your picnic experience will be. This dessert-only basket is perfect to enjoy while watching the sunset. Whether you’re in the park or looking out over the lake, you can add a luxurious feel with these items.
- Nutella Brownies
- Chocolate Bronuts
- Chocolate covered strawberries
- Chocolate dipped pretzels
- Triple Chocolate Cookies
- Iced coffee with chocolate
Kid Friendly Basket
Picnics are a great way to spend play dates and can be an easy family outing on warm summer days. They allow the kids to eat foods they’re familiar with while enjoying a nice playtime together. Whether you’re spending the day at the lake or simply dining in your own backyard, these simple ideas can help you turn mealtime into a fun memory the whole family will enjoy.
- Mini sandwiches (Peanut butter and jam, Turkey and cheese)
- Baby carrots, celery, bell pepper slices, and hummus
- Pretzel sticks
- Apple slices and cinnamon yogurt dip
- Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Juice boxes or lemonade
For those who prefer savoury food items, this picnic basket is a perfect choice. It’s filled with delicious treats that will leave your taste buds feeling particularly satisfied. This is the perfect basket to enjoy after a long hike in the country or during an evening music festival in the park. Just be sure to pack your warm foods in a heated pouch or thermos to keep them at the appropriate temperature.
- Scotch eggs
- Sausage rolls
- Vegetable sticks with dipping sauces
- Proscuitto and pepperoni slices
- Baguette slices
The final ingredient for a perfect picnic is to provide simple activities. While the food tends to steal the spotlight, it’s always a good idea to include relaxed and enjoyable options to keep your guests entertained. Classic outdoor games such as frisbee, football, or a scavenger hunt can get everyone moving and having fun.
For a more laid-back setting, arts and crafts can be a great option. Painting and drawing are fun for all ages and can also be wonderful ways to connect with nature. If your picnic is in the evening, stargazing and storytelling can be fun experiences as well. When choosing activities, just be sure to consider the occasion and preferences of your guests.
With these picnic essentials and creative basket ideas, you’re ready to plan a fun and memorable outing for yourself and your loved ones. As long as you pack Chummys in your basket, your event is guaranteed to be wonderfully sweet.