One of the reasons that outdoor picnics are fun is that you are taking your party outside either on a wine estate or an tree laden park but with its joie de vivre comes a few complications and a decent amount of forward thinking.
Why you may Ask?
Well, Once you’ve laid on the lawn 30+ minutes away from home, you won't be able to simply pop back into the house to get the bottle opener you need to open that bottle of Stella or the knife for cutting that slither of fatty Kudu biltong.
However that’s why we’re here.
We’ve got a compact checklist to make your outing one that will be a delightful change of scenery from your dining room, restaurant, or your own backyard.
Below are suggestions for items you'll want to pay attention to in order to make sure you leave your troubles behind and not the beer.
Packing your Basket
Choose your equipment carefully – nothing dampens spirits more than a leaky cooler box. Before you head out, check your storage containers are sealed tightly, and wrap any particularly pungent items in a plastic bag.
If it’s a scorching South African summer’s day then a cooler box with ample ice packs will come in super handy for keeping your fresh produce, deli items and of course, the beers chilled.
Whilst it’s best to try maintain an eco-friendly as possible approach when picnicking, especially in parks and nature reserves.
Plastic cups or bottles are best for little ones to avoid breakages. If you’re bringing glasses for the grown-ups, consider packing a lightweight tray to balance them on during pouring and between sips, and if you’re carrying a cork-sealed wine, don’t forget the bottle opener.
Thankfully Stella Artois have a twist-off-cap, so this one only needs to be served chilled to be a crowd pleaser.
To get the most instagramable shots.
Take along some local beautifully designed selection of paper serviettes, biodegradable tableware and even local throws/cushions.
These will bring an element of sophistication or whimsy to a wooden bench or lazy lawn picnic.
Sunscreen with a Good SPF
Lunching outdoors is a great opportunity to enjoy warm breezes and sunny views, but all that outside time can catch up with your skin. Make your picnic one to remember for the fun, not the sunburns, by packing sunscreen. While lunching under an umbrella or tree can reduce the impact of UV rays, skin damage is still possible in the shade.
Biodegradable Wet Wipes for easy Clean up.
Not just for the reckless little ones, baby wipes are a perfect picnic companion.
While a waterless hand sanitizer also kills off germs and bacteria, wet wipes can remove grime and unwanted mess, cleaning up better before—and after—you chow down.
Size matters. The most imperative aspect of your picnic blanket is size. You want the blanket to be large enough to fit all of your friends and food. You might also want to consider something that is plastic coated in case the lawn is slightly wet.
There’s nothing worse then having to spend the day with a soggy bottom.
If you’re not travelling far and want to create that luxe boho feel, take along a Persian rug or two.
My favourite, go-to, is a local collaboration by SMTNG GOOD and Cape Town-based graphic designer Ben Eagle. Known for his purist approach to art and illustrations. Ben’s latest offering for SMTNG GOOD features striking graphic shape conceptualised in “the never-ending search for balance and unity, while exploring the relationship between certain shapes,”
If you’re not a fan of DIY and BYO.
Here are three beautiful places to spend with family without having to do much more than show up.
What makes Quoin Rock’s Picnic Experience different from other picnic alternatives, where you are simply handed a basket and left to your own devices. At Quoin Rock, a waiter services your table with fresh ice, more wine and even a portion of oysters or Espresso after your lunch.
Guests receive a walkie talkie on arrival, enabling them to communicate with their waiter to tend to their needs and service the table with additional Gåte treats.
Spier Wine Estate
Take a big breath of fresh air of the beautiful estate. Feel the sun on your skin. Then, it’s time to find the perfect spot for your picnic. Where will it be – by the dam, or under the oaks? The choice is yours. Spier offer seasonal and vegetarian picnics, made with local, natural and organic produce wherever possible. Think Cauliflower “rice” salad with vegan cheddar (It's delicious, we promise), fresh herbs, celery, toasted hazelnut, roasted garlic, dates and fynbos vinaigrette. For something sweet there’s Dark Chocolate brownies with coconut yoghurt, berry compote and fresh berries.
La Residence Country Picnics
Included in the picnic basket is a delicious combination of seasonal fruits, locally sourced charcuterie, fresh green salad, bread, spreads and preserves. Couples, friends and families can enjoy a lovely selection of local wines and iced beverages that pair perfectly with our wide-selection of picnic treats and the natural beauty of the surroundings.
Have the location but couldn’t be fussed to do all the cooking and catering these two local business are the exact people to call up.
Bueno Boards Cape Town (Cape Town)
A Cape Town based food artistry, charcuterie and snack-loving company. They supply takeaway “picnic” options created with outdoor snacking in mind. Food that isn't just a beautiful experience, but a feast that makes you feel good too. Vegetarian and Vegan option on request.
The Counter (Gauteng)
Whether it's a Produce Box filled with fresh fruit, veg and handmade goodies; or a Brunch Box made up of delicious New York style bagels, salmon and all the trimmings and toppings - we've got you covered! Our range of meal boxes are available to order for delivery within Johannesburg.