Picnic done right! The best tips & tricks.June 13, 2016
“We should really have a picnic more often”, is what you think? Well, then let our breakfast friends Anna Laura Kummer (The vegan Austrian), Melina Kutelas (About that Food), Lisa Langmantel (Creative Mornings Vienna) and Moritz Pristauz (beach volleyball team Ermacora/Pristauz) give you the scoop just in time for International Picnic Day on the 18th of June.
1. THE WHERE
You can enjoy your picnic almost anywhere you feel like it! If you’re city-bound just choose among the many parks and other green areas whereas if you’re from the countryside go for empty meadows, clearings or even lakesides. Beware, though, as some green areas are forbidden territory. If you want to bring a little furry friend like Anna Laura, you should make sure that dogs are allowed where you intend to go. Speaking of dogs: it’s raining cats and dogs? Well, just relocate and have fun spreading your goodies in your own bed or on your living room floor.
„I’m much more of a picnic-in-bed-kind-of-guy. That way you’re pretty much good to go whatever the weather is up to.”
Moritz Pristauz, beach volleyball team Ermacora/Pristauz
This way: Make sure everyone can easily make their way to the picnic blanket by sending out a picture or a google maps screenshot of the place you want to meet at.
2. THE FOOD
Variety is the spice of life: Your supplies should be able to last in the sun for a few hours and pretty easy to eat. Think fresh fruit and veggies, muesli, bread, sweet and savoury spreads and dips, tiny cakes or muffins. If your vegan buddies, like Melina and Anna Laura, tag along, use plant milk or yoghurt for preparing muesli snacks like bircher muesli or overnight oats. They’re tasty and will last much longer in the heat. Melina’s tip: make your own plant drink from desiccated coconut or oats. Find our recipe for Apple Cinnamon and Banana Coconut Overnight Oats here.
Melina Kutelas, About that Food
Refresh yourself: Don’t forget to pack some summery refreshments such as home-made iced tea, syrup, smoothies or light alcoholic beverages such as Hugo, White Wine Spritzer or Prosecco. Also, bring multi-coloured straws and glass jars for an extra. Get coffee and tea on the way – just use thermos flasks!
„I love summery drinks! They can easily be transported in mason jars. Fresh fruit is always a hit, too, especially when it’s hot outside.”
Anna Laura Kummer
3. THE DISHES
All about that packaging: mason jars, swing top jars, thermos flasks and wrapping foil-alternatives made from sustainable material make sure that your goodies stay fresh and in one place. Andrea Lunzer, Maß Greißlerei, talks about which containers are best on the go here.
„A picnic has to be colourful – whether it’s the dishes or the flowers. Add place cards, little notes with funny quotes and lots of fresh fruit and you’re good to go.”
Melina Kutelas, About that Food
Travel light: If you choose carefully what to bring, you end up carrying less in the end. Bowls and cutlery made from bamboo (Zuperzozial) don’t weigh very much and you can even get very light bread and fruit baskets.
4. THE ACCESSORIES
The perfect blanket: A pretty picnic blanket is good but one made from waterproof material is even better. Add at least one sitting cushion for each guest so that everyone can be truly comfy. Avoid a mess by using a large wooden board or a serving tray to assemble your food upon. Extra tip: empty your picnic basket completely and use as a table. There!
„A pretty, comfy picnic blanket is what maters most. I like to bring a chickpea salad with veggies, feta or halloumi with a yummy dressing made with pumpkin seed oil, mustard and honey or balsamic vinegar to an outdoor brunch.”
Lisa Langmantel, Creative Mornings Vienna
The more colours, the better! Lisa has definitely gotten an appetite for more and is thinking about taking her birthday in August outside. But there is always a reason to host a picnic party, really. Use flowers and place cards, lampions that hang from trees, colourful napkins and straws and voilà, you got yourself a proper party.
5. THE CERTAIN SOMETHING
Playful details: You never know, right? You may find yourself prolonging a brunch picnic into the afternoon. So bring a beach volley ball or a Frisbee, card or other games just in case. That way you can guarantee that no one will get bored even hours after you’ve run out of food.
„Just bring the ball. There’s always someone who wants to play” Moritz Pristauz, beach volleyball team Ermacora/Pristauz
Your picinc soundtrack: Make a playlist using your favourite summer songs and bring small, portable sound speakers that you can operate with your phone. Let’s get this open air concert started!
For more picnic inspiration head on over to our Pinterest Board “Let’s have an open air breakfast!”