Eating Out

How to create quirky picnic hampers

Posted on
April 27, 2021

Now that we’re all allowed to meet in groups of six outdoors just in time for the weather to warm up, many of us will be planning ways to catch up with friends and family in the spring sunshine. One activity to try while we get used to socialising again is to host a picnic. This is the perfect opportunity to tuck into tasty treats as we spend some quality time with people we care about. 

But why not make your picnic interesting? Introducing a theme can make your picnic hamper fun and just that little bit different. If this sounds ideal, read on for some ideas. 

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Make it boozy

Dry January is a distant memory and many of us haven’t been out for a long time, so packing your picnic hamper with booze your friends will love can be just what you need to celebrate being together again. Choose a cooler box and fill it with ice to keep your favourite beverages chilled. You can even add some bar snacks such as crisps and peanuts to make it feel like you’ve brought the pub to the park. 

Sweet treats

Try creating a picnic basket themed around treats you enjoy. Boiled, fizzy, and chewy sweets can make a fun twist to a traditional picnic. Alternatively, if you love nothing more than chocolate, order a chocolate hamper and take it to your favourite UK beauty spot to share with your friends. 

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Go fruity

There’s nothing more refreshing than a cooling slice of watermelon on a hot day, so take it to the next level by creating a fruit-filled picnic. Go for juicy mango, pineapple slices and peaches, as well as easy-to-eat raspberries and seasonal strawberries. Pop some seeds and nuts in there to make it a super healthy hamper. 

Refined dining

For some extravagant alfresco dining, build a wine and cheese-themed picnic basket. Whether you love a rose in the sun or you’ve found the perfect crisp pinot grigio, be sure to match it to some moreish cheeses. Add a mix of blue, hard, and soft cheeses that perfectly complement the flavour of the wine – just remember t pack some crackers and chutneys to round things off. 

The Great British picnic

How about some classic British treats? Pork pies, cocktail sausages, and sausage rolls are the ideal snacks. Add some quintessentially British sandwiches too, such as egg and cress and cheese savoury, and complete your outdoor meal with scones, jam, and clotted cream. Delicious! 


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