When the weather’s this good, there’s nothing better than a good old-fashioned picnic. We may not be able to travel to a park but a little trip to the garden can be just as fun! To help you make the most of your time out in the sunshine, we’ve come up with a guide on the 10 things you need to pack for the perfect teddy bear's picnic.
1. A Picnic Blanket
No picnic blanket? No problem! Table cloths, old sheets and big towels work just as well. All you need is something to lay out on the grass for you all to sit on and lay your food out on.
2. Something To Drink
If you’re feeling fancy, make up a jug of your favourite flavour squash and garnish it with fresh fruit and mint. If you don't have these on hand, just fill a big water bottle with your drink of choice instead. Grab some cups and bendy straws if you have them and you’re all set.
3. Healthy Snacks
Why not make up a bowl of fresh fruit - strawberries are the classic option but anything from peaches to pineapple work just as well. We love preparing PB&J apples, veggie-packed pasta salads and carrot sticks with hummus too. Yum!
4. A Few Less-Healthy Snacks
Turn the picnic into a sweet feast with a home-baked treat. Maybe go for chocolate chip cookies or a freshly-decorated tub of fairy cakes. We don't know why, but things always taste extra sweet when they're enjoyed out in the sunshine!
5. A Picnic Basket
If you want an authentic picnic experience you'll need a big hamper or basket to carry all of your food in, but if you don't happen to have one of those lying around your house, you could always bring the food out to the garden on a dinner tray instead!
Somehow picnics always get a bit messy, but that's all part of the fun! Bring napkins along so that you can wipe any sticky fruit juice off your hands before diving into the cake tin for another tasty treat...
7. Personalised Decorations
Make your picnic extra special with some decorations. Lay out balloons, pick some flowers, maybe even create your own bunting. Don’t forget to take photos when it’s all laid out properly!
8. Party Games
While you’re all outside enjoying the sun, why not play a game together? You could do anything from I Spy to Bring a deck of cards or a board game to pass the time. If not, why not play a game of cloud spotting? Lie down on your backs, look up at the clouds and see what shapes and pictures you can spot.
9. A Perfectly Prepared Playlist
Before you head outside, ask your family what their favourite songs are and prepare a playlist on their phone or tablet filled with all your favourite tracks. Add a few extra summery songs to really get into the sunny spirit and you're ready to go.
10. Your Favourite Teddies
Finally, what’s a teddy bear’s picnic without your favourite soft toys? Bring all your fluffy friends along so that they can enjoy the sun too.
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