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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 Hervey Bay, 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!

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 Hervey Bay.

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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 some classic cheese and crackers from Coles are perfect for serving. If protein is your go-to choice, head to My Butcher - The Healthy Choice 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 Coles. Make sure you have a bag to pack everything in! Our choice is the Roxy Indigo Night Beach Tote from Surf Dive N Ski.

How to set up the perfect 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. Next add in some comfy cushions and set up your serving trays or boards. The Alex Liddy Acacia Two Person Mini Picnic Table from Robin's Kitchen is a great way to prevent your glass from tipping over on uneven ground. Set up all your cutlery, tumblers and plates ready for serving. We love the Deluxe Picnic Set from Kmart, which has everything ready to go, with room to pack some food!

For something a little more fancy, use some low lying picnic tables and set up a high tea tableware assortment. Opt for lounge chairs like this stylish Home Republic Boho Natural Black & White Beach Chair from Adairs, perfect for those who want to lean back and enjoy the scenery. If you want to feel a little more earthy then choose some comfy cushions. We can’t go past the casual-chic roller cushions from Kmart.

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. Add some candles and you are all set for a great picnic. We love the Neroli and Jasmine Dolce Artisan 5 Wick Candle from Dusk.


Product captions left to right, top to bottom: Kmart Roll Cushion - Leaf $10.00 | Robins Kitchen Alex Liddy Acacia 2 person mini picnic table $69.99 | Dusk Neroli & Jasmine Dolce Vit Artisan 5 Wick Candle $99.99 | Surf Dive n Ski Roxy Indigo Night Beach tote $69.99 | Adairs Home Republic Boho Natural Beach Chair $199.95 | Kmart Deluxe Picnic set $29.00

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