There’s just something so romantic about putting together a basket full of delicious food to be shared outside, during the beautiful Queensland summer. This is why we have put together a guide on how to plan the perfect picnic for your family or loved one. The amount of preparation and planning that goes into the day will show just how much you care, while providing an experience you will all enjoy. Embrace the Valentine’s day spirit at Stockland Birtinya, where you’ll find everything you need to make this the best one yet.
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Step 1: choose a location
There’s no better way to set the tone for a great picnic than choosing the ultimate location. Selecting a picnic spot relies on so many factors. Location convenience, weather, popularity, time of day and more. So when selecting a picnic make a list of your preferences, do some research, and don’t forget to check the weather forecast!
If you don’t mind somewhere a little more popular, the beach is always a great pick in Queensland. You have the added bonus of jumping in the water for a dip if it gets too hot. Just be sure to slip, slop, slap! You can pick up Nivea Sun 4 Hour Water Resistant Sunscreen from Coles.
If something a little more scenic (and quiet) is more your scene, then local lakes or hills and mountains can provide a stunning backdrop to your picnic, and often an added adventure. Tie in the picnic with a hike or some stand-up paddle-boarding for some additional fun. For some local inspiration check out our guide to the Best Picnic Locations around Birtinya.
Step 2: select what to serve
Preparation is key for pulling off a delicious spread, and being able to whip something up at home to pack up is not only a thoughtful surprise, but often the most tasty. The warm Queensland summer makes fresh fruit taste even sweeter and is perfect for a refreshing snack that can be prepped at home. Think watermelon, grapes and ripe strawberries to get your taste buds going. Pick up your fresh fruit from Fresh Fruit Brothers. You certainly can’t go past a tasty cheese board in your picnic planning, and the Cook & Dine Acacia Serving Board is perfect for serving and the Olina's Bakehouse Gluten Free Fig & Sunflower Seed Artisan Crackers are delicious with most cheeses. You can pick up both items from Coles. If protein is your go-to choice, head to Boocock's Quality Meats for great cuts for adding to light salads and sandwiches such as Miguel Mastre’s Chicken Finger Sandwiches.
If you are looking for something a little more gourmet to elevate your picnic, delicious picnic recipes include Arancini Balls, Chorizo and Beef Empanadas, and Cinnamon Slices with Rosehip Jam for something sweet. You can pick up everything you need to make these tasty recipes at Aldi and Coles.
Step 3: the set up
Location is sorted, and food is prepped and packed, so now to set up a comfortable picnic spread. The great thing about picnics is you can get as creative or simple as you like when you have great food and company.
Always begin with a great picnic rug which can keep you dry on dewy grass and your clothes clean. We love the Water Repellent with Carry Handle Picnic Blanket from Dollars and Sense. Next add in some comfy cushions and set up your serving trays or boards. The Cook & Dine Acacia Board from Coles is a great way to prevent your glass from tipping over on uneven ground.
For something a little more fancy, use some low lying picnic tables and set up a high tea tableware assortment. If you want to feel a little more earthy then choose some comfy cushions.
Finish off your ultimate picnic set-up with some ambient music with a portable blue-tooth speaker or just enjoy basking in the sounds of nature. Our go-to speaker is the Light Up Bluetooth Speaker from King IT. Now all you need to do is set up some outdoor games and have a great time. Dollars and Sense stock Outdoor Jumbo Garden Quoits Family Fun Game.
Product captions left to right, top to bottom: King IT Light Up Bluetooth Speaker $119 | Fresh Fruit Brothers Marketplace Seedless Grapes | Coles Cook & Dine Acacia Serving Board $15 | Coles Nivea Sun 4 Hour Water Resistant Sunscreen $13.02 | Dollars and Sense Water Repellent with Carry Handle Picnic Blanket $19.99 | Dollars and Sense Outdoor Jumbo Garden Quoits Family Fun Game $8.99 | Coles Olina's Bakehouse Gluten Free Fig & Sunflower Seed Artisan Crackers $4.00
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