Where better to spend a labour-free weekend than on the grass? Author of Picnic in Pisticci, Tina Powell shares tips to keep in mind for the most fun and easy picnic possible:
1. Remember that picnics are mini-vacations from the busy-ness of life. Like vacations, half the fun is in the planning, preparation, and anticipation. Gather friends and family and plan where you are going to go, who’s going to bring what, and how you will spend your time when you get there.
2. Get a good picnic blanket – soft, colourful, nice and big.Her personal favourite is water repellent on one side.
3. Food safety is paramount. Partially fill reusable water bottles and freeze overnight. They will serve as excellent ice packs in your picnic cooler or basket and then, when melted, provide cool refreshment.
4. Make your picnic a screen-free zone. Leave cell phones, Blackberries, iPhones, iPads, laptops, and portable video games at home. No texting.
5. Pack footballs, soccer balls, Frisbees, checkers, a deck of cards, and a good book. Perhaps a book on picnics -- time to finish that novel that you bought as "summer reading".