How to plan the perfect
picnic this Father’s Day

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Being at home and unable to go to your dad’s favourite restaurant doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Father’s Day and make the day special for your father figure. A picnic is a great way to spend time together as a family whilst celebrating the main man in your life. Whether it’s in your garden, in the park or even an indoor picnic, it’s not where you have it but what you have and who you have it with. With the sun shining, it’s time to pick up some tasty finger food, grab your gingham picnic blanket and put up some bright bunting and decorations up to celebrate Father’s Day. Discover below all you need to host the perfect Father’s Day picnic.

Easy picnic food

Picnic food laid out on a picnic bench

Everyone knows a picnic is all about the food (and the drink). With Sainsbury’s Food to Order delivery and M&S Food to Order service you can order tasty food direct to your local store or even get it delivered to your home, it’s the perfect way to get everything you need and ensure you get food the whole family will enjoy.  So, whether it’s crisps and dips, delicious fruit, crunchy breadsticks, homemade lemonade or those perfectly cut sandwiches, there’s sure to be something you can order for everyone.

As it’s a special day, why not have a go at making your dad some homemade sausage rolls. Everyone knows that a flaky, mouth-watering sausage roll is classic picnic food and a firm favourite at any picnic.

To make your own you will need:

  • ½ garlic clove
  • 400g of sausage meat or sausages
  • 375g pack of ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 1 beaten egg

Method:

  1. Set the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Roll out your puff pastry and split into two even parts, long ways.
  2. Cut a hole at the end of each sausage and squeeze out all the meat. Then get your sausage meat and lay in a row across the middle of the pastry.
  3. Next crack an egg in a jug and whisk with a fork or a balloon whisk.
  4. Get a brush and spread the egg along one side of the pastry.
  5. Fold the pastry together and seal down with a fork and if it keeps opening add more egg as needed. Do this with the other pastry slice.
  6. Finally, cut it into any sizes you want, and put on a tray and sprinkle on your optional ingredients if using.
  7. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Everyone’s favourite, dessert!

Fruit laid out as part of a picnic spread

No picnic is complete without a sweet treat, so be sure to include some of dad’s favourite deserts as a part of your picnic, whether that’s scones, cakes or sweets. You can make your own if you’re feeling up to it but if not M&S sell a selections of tasty mini cakes inspired by classic British teatime treats. This includes a blackcurrant sundae tart which you could always buy and let dad think you made from scratch. It’s the thought that counts after all! Or if you’re looking for a healthier alternative, why not try out the seasonal fruit from Iceland, perfect for getting your five a day.

Picnicware that’s sure to impress

Picnic blanket laid out in the sunshine

There is nothing worse than squished up sandwiches and warm salads! To make sure your picnic stays fresh and tasty, you need the crucial picnic staples, the iconic wicker basket, flashy cool bags, matching plates, napkins and cups and that all-important gingham picnic blanket. M&S and Sainsburys have complete picnic sets that help you look chic when hosting your picnic.

Hang out the bunting

Boy making robot with craft product while father assisting him at bright home

No special occasion is complete without party decorations! Why not keep the kids entertained and get them involved in decorating the picnic for dad by creating some homemade bunting. Brighten up any room (or even the garden) with homemade colourful bunting.

What you’ll need:

  • A bunting template
  • Fabric or paper (you will need enough for 4 triangles per metre of string/ribbon you are using)
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon or string (approx. 2 – 3 metres long)
  • Glue or cellotape
  • Crayons, glitter, stickers or whatever you fancy decorating your bunting with

What to do:

  1. Cut out your chosen number of flags using the template on your paper or fabric using scissors.
  2. Stick the flags on your ribbon or string using your glue or cellotape.
  3. Get creative and decorate and colour each individual flag, this could be with dad’s name, his favourite football team or whatever you fancy to make it bespoke and special for your dad
  4. Hang it up in your garden or indoors and let dad admire your handy work (this could even double up as a present for dad)

Creating the party vibe at home

A family sings and plays music using household items

Whether your father figure is a rocker or into a bit of Motown, why not throw some of his favourite tunes onto a playlist and play whilst you’re enjoying your picnic. This will help make the day feel extra special for him. If you run out of time, why not head over to Spotify and play their Father’s Day Love playlist which has some classics, sure to make any dad smile (and maybe even singalong) on thier special day.

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