Budget Picnic Ideas
By AdFeatures | Thursday, May 24, 2012, 11:50
Any day now the weather is going to improve. I mean, it has to, right? We’re halfway through the May, the sun is definitely due. This means, in the spirit of British optimism, it’s time for us to start picnicking.
Picnics are great. Whether you’re looking to hang out with friends, spend time together as a family or woo that special someone, the picnic can make for a great afternoon. They’re a great chance to enjoy the great outdoors, relax, and best of all it’s easy to put together a pretty stylish meal without having to spend much in the way of money. Here’s a few ideas for putting together a picnic to die for, without taking a hit to the wallet.
Crusty Bread Sandwiches
A simple loaf of crusty bread and some sandwich meat, like sliced turkey or ham. A crusty loaf doesn’t cost anymore than sliced bread, but it will make your sandwiches taste about a jillion times better.
Egg mayonnaise is a great filling to try, and you can really add some flavour to it with just a dab of mustard and some herbs.
Stuff To Pick At
You want stuff to pick at. Cherry tomatoes and a bunch of grapes are both great for this. If you’ve got time to prepare things beforehand, chop up some carrot sticks, they’re a great healthy snack for grazing. For something a bit meatier, try picking up some cocktail sausages too.
If you’ve got nibbles to pick at, it’s good to have some dip as well. Great, healthy dips to try include hummus, cream cheese and guacamole.
Stuff To Drink
Particularly if you’re going for a romantic picnic, a bottle of nice wine can be excellent way to relax. Of course, if you’re on a budget picking a decent wine can be hard, but if you shop around there are usually plenty of good special offers.
On the other hand, if you think it’s a bit too early to hit the booze, iced tea is the perfect way to cool down on a hot summers day.
Presentation Is Everything
Of course, a lot of the time it’s not down to what’s in the picnic, but how you present the picnic. If you hit any charity shop you should have no problem finding a nice second hand blanket and a wicker basket for not too much money.
Then of course, you just have to hope you get the right weather!