Spring is on the way and the great outdoors are beckoning! This is the perfect time of year for a picnic, and you can pick up all your picnic essentials from Clifford Gardens. The best picnic is an organised one, so we’ve compiled our top five tips to ensure maximum fun, minimum fuss!
Tip 1: Throw in some creature comforts
Planning ahead is key to success when you’re heading outdoors for the day. Considering the seating situation beforehand can save you from sitting on wet ground or dining at a dirty picnic table.This water-repellent picnic blanket from Big W comes with a tote bag, making it easy to carry and store, and is available in three funky designs. If there are picnic tables at your destination, throw over a simple table cloth like this one, great to keep in the car just in case. Don’t forget a couple of these nylon food covers, to keep the bugs off your grub!
Tip 2: Pack a fancy feast
Picnics these days are so much more than snags and bread! If you’re heading to your favourite barbeque spot, grab some delicious chicken kebabs from Lenards. They are available in a range of flavours that the adults and kids will love. For an easy artisan feast, order a fabulous deli platter from Coles, with all your favourite cold meats, antipasto and cheeses.
Tip 3: Indulge in a divine drop (and get a free cooler!)
No spring picnic is complete without the perfect tipple, so head in to BWS or Liquourland to pick up a bottle (or two!) of red, white or sparkling wine. And for a limited time, you’ll receive a FREE Cooler Bag when you spend over $80 in the centre at any specialty retailer (excluding Big W, Coles and Woolworths) - perfect to keep those bubbles ice cold for your picnic! The kids don’t need to miss out either: pour some of their favourite fizzy drink into some colourful plastic glasses from Just Crazy Bargains, or these plastic wine glasses from Big W for an extra-special, grown-up treat.
Tip 4: Have a ball
What’s an Aussie picnic without a game of backyard cricket? This cricket set from Big W has everything you need – bat, stumps and ball – for your very own family test match. If the weather heats up, the kids will love these Zuro X-Shot Water Blasters, also available at Big W. Let them go wild with the water pistols while the adults relax – just make sure you bring a few towels to dry them off before you head home!
Tip 5: Be prepared
Like a good boy scout, preparation for all situations will make your picnic an unruffled affair. Plan for areas with no shade by packing a high-SPF sunscreen, and some insect repellent too, both of which you can pick up at Woolworths. If you suffer with hayfever, the staff at Terry White Chemist can advise you on suitable medication, for both children and adults, and this St John Ambulance first aid kit, available at Big W, is a must for any outdoor adventure.
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