Shhh! This is still a secret! We’re having a summer picknick today. My friend is getting married and we are surprising her in about 10 minutes from now for an awesome bachelorette party. I’m looking forward to it sooooo much!
Hopefully she will have no idea that we have lured her into town under false pretences. We’re going to ‘see a movie’ today. Yeah right! In fact we have prepared an awesome picknick for her, then we have organised a burlesque dancing workshop where we will bring out our feminine side. You have to say goodbye to the single life in style right?
Then later this afternoon we have prepared and awesome photo quiz that will bring back some good memories. It will not be too embarrassing for anyone haha. Finally there will be dinner and drinks, so we’ll have a good time, for sure.
I will not bother you with any embarrassing photo’s today. Let me just share some recipe’s with you for an awesome summer picknick. If you ask me there are a few things that any picknick basket should include: sandwiches, sweet and savoury snacks, fruit and drinks. It all depends on how many people you are right? But we will be 16 so for today I will go for a BIG summer picknick :).
Sandwiches are for the organised picknickers if you ask me. I usually run outside whenever the sun starts shining, meaning that there is not always time to prepare super-de luxe-sandwiches. But I have to admit: sandwiches look so awesome on a summer picknick.
All you need is some slices of bread, lettuce and perhaps some cucumber and some delicious toppings. You need a team or two to make sandwiches for 16 people but if it’s just you and your hub you may want to give these a go. Here are some suggestions:
White bread sandwiches with cream cheese, lettuce and cucumber
Whole grain sandwiches with tuna salad, lettuce and cucumber
Whole grain or White bread sandwiches with egg salad and lettuce
White bread sandwiches with sliced spicy meatballs, tomato and pickles
Pita bread with Turkish Köfte, lettuce and tzatziki
If you have people with a sweet tooth joining your summer picknick be sure to have some sweet snacks with you as well. Any dairy products are tricky because you may be out in the hot sun all day. Because of the risk that these foods may go bad I tend to avoid smoothy and a desert type snacks. Cookies and other bakes without topping that can melt are perfectly fine though.
Off course if you do have enough (electrical) coolers: go ahead! I choose to save that space for drinks though
So back to cookies and other bakes that you may consider for your summer picknick. How about these?
English scones with Blueberry Jam
Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies
White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
Raspberry Vanilla Cupcakes (leave the topping off)
Tropical Coconut Lime Macarons
Choco-Coco-Cake (use paper cupcake cases instead)
Savoury snacks are a great replacement of sandwiches if you don’t feel like putting in all the work on forehand and also want to avoid things to get messy on site. The idea is easy and consists of 3 elements:
- Different types of bread, baguettes, breadsticks, crackers or chips or nacho’s
- Veggie snacks like cucumber, carrots, celery stalks, broccoli, cauliflower, bell pepper and much more
- And as many different dips as you like
The concept is easy because you only have the prepare the dips. The rest can be bought in a super market, including the read cleaned – and sometimes even cut – vegetable dippers. Just make sure you wash the vegetables before you go and take a sharp knife and a cutting board for the veggies you want to cut on site. I always want to enjoy every ray of sunlight I can so I only prepare the dips and the rest I will figure out once I am out and about with friends. It’s much more cosy.
As for the dips: Have a look at the following recipe’s for inspiration.
If you ask me fruit tastes a thousand times better in summer. So do bring some if you have space left.
The easiest thing on a hot day is just to eat the fruit with the skin on, or make sure you bring the right knives with you to cut and peel the fruit outside. Ah, and don’t forget the napkins or hand sanitizer.
If you want to do something more special, you can consider making fruit skewers or a bowl of fruit salad with mint and prosecco dressing.
The one thing you cannot do without on a hot day is water. Or something that looks like water, like wine and beer haha! I usually prioritise them in that order. Water you need the rest you could do without right? And also: I don’t mind it so much if my water is a bit warm, the others are best cool.
Just see how much space you have, and determine what you want to bring, what you want to carry, and what you want to buy. Sometimes spending a few bucks is just way easier and you are sure your drinks are cold. Then again, there may not be a place to buy drinks at that private beach you are going to…
The practical stuff:
So what to bring? And how much? I did not put in any quantities for a reason. I guess it depends on where you are going, how long you are staying, what the weather is like and who you are going with. How much you want to prepare at home and how much you want to carry. Ha! You can see that there are many dependencies.
So let me give you some rules of thumb:
On an average day an average person needs to drink 1,5-2 liters of water
For a summer picknick lunch for one person I would recommend 4 slices of bread (with topping), one piece of fruit and one sweet snack for the afternoon plus perhaps 2 hands of chips/nachos/veggies. Then you already have plenty. Some people will eat a little more, some will eat a little less. Does this help?
Don’t forget to bring: plates, cutlery, cutting board, Sharp knife, napkins, picknick blanket, glases or cups, corkscrew, sunglasses, sunscreen, handsanitizer, water, spoons for the dips, your picknick basket, a coolbox and a garbage bag.
Enjoy your summer day!