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How to Plan the Perfect Family Easter Picnic

03 April 2020
How to Plan the Perfect Family Easter Picnic -  april hoy

Going picnicking is one of the best ways to spend Easter Sunday. And, thanks to this handy guide, it’s one of the easiest ways too! Take a look at these useful tips and tricks to help you plan the perfect family Easter picnic.

The picnic food

Food is the number one component of any picnic, so it’s important to put a lot of thought into the dishes you’d like to serve. While every family has their favourites, certain foods can be stored and transported easier than others, making them a popular choice for picnics. Here are a few of the best foods to consider:

Starters, snacks & sides:

  • Chips & Crackers with Dips & Spreads. Guacamole, hummus, tzatziki, and salsa are all great options. Go for chips and crackers that have a sturdy texture and won’t turn into a ton of crumbs on the way there. Some examples include cream crackers, corn chips, nachos, and pretzels.
  • Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Crudités. Crudités are thinly sliced pieces of raw vegetables, usually served with a dip. They’re great to add some crunch to your meal, and to ensure that your decadent picnic spread includes something tasty and healthy. These can be easily prepared beforehand and stored in individual containers until you get to the picnic site.
  • Salads. Green, bean, and pasta salads are all fantastic options to serve during your Easter family picnic. To avoid soggy salads, keep any components with a high liquid content stored in separate containers until they’re needed. This includes any salad dressings or watery veggies like cucumber and tomato.


Hand-held foods are generally your best bet when it comes to the main course. Not only are they easy to eat, but they also travel well and can be served in a cinch.


Easter is all about enjoying delicious treats with your loved ones, so spend some time making your dessert spread extra special. Chocolate and marshmallow eggs are a must-have. Hot cross buns and a warm cup of tea will also go down well.

Traybakes like blondies and brownies are arguably the best option, as you can slice them into neat squares before packing your picnic basket. Loaf cakes are another great option, which you can slice and serve with ease at the picnic site.

If you prefer something more sophisticated, then serve your dessert in individual mason jars. These are easily transportable and not to mention incredibly cute! Here are 25 delicious mason jar dessert ideas guaranteed to impress your picnic guests.

The picnic essentials

Once your menu is sorted, it’s time to start gathering all those picnic essentials. Every picnic should be a walk in the park if you have these items on hand.

  • Picnic Basket – Because no one wants to carry everything but the kitchen sink by hand, it’s worthwhile to invest in a large, high-quality picnic basket that can safely hold your picnic supplies in one place.
  • Picnic Blanket – We recommend using a thick blanket with a waterproof underside, just in case the ground is damp.
  • Cooler box or bag – To keep your beverages and fresh ingredients nice and cool. Ice packs or frozen bottles of water are also a good idea. When the bottles melt, you’ll have an extra supply of ice-cold water for everyone to enjoy.
  • Tupperware To neatly store all your picnic food until you’re ready to eat. Be sure to check that all your Tupperware’s are sealed properly!
  • Reusable plastic drinkware, plates & bowls – To avoid the risk of breakages, especially for the little ones.
  • Hand wipes or sanitizer – To make sure that everyone’s hands are nice and clean. Hand wipes will also help to clean up sticky spills if there isn’t any running water nearby.
  • Serviettes & paper towels – To clean up any big spills as and when they happen. One tip is to take along a portable paper towel stand for ease of rolling.
  • Utensils (plus some extra) – Regular knives, forks, spoons, teaspoons, serving spoons, and a sharp cutting knife are essential. Keep in mind that someone is bound to drop a utensil or two on the ground or in the grass, so be sure to take plenty of extra utensils with.
  • Multipurpose Tray – This tray will provide a smooth and stable surface for last-minute food and drink prep. A lightweight wooden board is also good for slicing bread and fresh fruit.
  • Trash Bags – For quick and easy clean-up when the picnic’s over.

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