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How to plan the perfect picnic

Category: home and DIY

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 Burleigh Heads, where you’ll find everything you need to make this the best one yet.

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 sunscreen and sun hat from Chempro Chemist.

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.

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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. You certainly can’t go past a tasty cheese board in your picnic planning, and the Peer Sorensen Acacia Wood Round Paddle Serving Board from Robins Kitchen is perfect for serving. If fresh baked goods is your go-to picnic choice, head to Bakers Delight for a sweet treat, or fresh loafs for making 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 Woolworths.

Valentine's Day picnic

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 House & Home Outdoor Picnic Rug from Big W. If you are heading to the beach, don't forget to bring a towel with you. We love the Ananas Beach Towel from Pillow Talk. Next add in some comfy cushions and set up your serving trays or boards. 

For something a little more fancy, use some low lying picnic tables and set up a high tea tableware assortment. Lean back and relax with recliner chairs or feel one with the earth with floor cushions available from Big W and Pillow Talk

Finish off your ultimate picnic set-up with some ambient music with a portable blue-tooth speaker from JB Hi-Fi Home or just enjoy basking in the sounds of nature.


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