5 Must Haves For A Beach Picnic
“Life is better at the beach”
Whether you celebrating the beginning of SPRING or AUTUMN, a picnic at the beach is a great place to chill and relax. The BEACH is definitely my happy place.
TABLECLOTHS SET THE SCENE
Cotton Murah’s are fabulous and can be bought at markets or here in the Algarve on the beach by the local vendors. Alternatively, use cotton beach towels that can be bought at most home stores to use as tablecloths on the sand. Both these dry quickly and are easy to wash.
…WHAT WOULD A PICNIC BE WITHOUT A BOTTLE OF BUBBLY.
For a special touch: Add a few hand woven placemats to your picnic basket and some cushions for comfort whilst sipping your bubby and watching the sun go down to create simple yet stylish picnic look and feel.
QUALITY RE-CYCLED GLASSWARE
Good quality re-cycled non-breakable glasses add a little sparkle to your picnic setting. I these found at El Corte Ingles in Lisbon.
WATER A MUST HAVE ON THE BEACH but ADD FLAVOUR
TIP: 1 litre bottled water
Cut some lemon wedges, cucumber slices and sprigs of rosemary into a container and when setting up your picnic add the mix to your water for flavour.
FINGER FOODS are simple to prepare
A selection of cheeses like French brie or Camembert served with small French Loaves is my favourite
TIP: these cheeses ooze deliciously in the sun, hard cheeses tend to go oily in the sun
Salads in jam jars are easy to eat from and keep fresh
TIP: Save salt, pepper and sauce sachets wherever possible so you don’t have to pack extra into your basket
Baby carrots and veggies can be served with an assortment of dips
Loads of fresh fruit like grapes, berries and sliced watermelon
Dessert: Chocolate Brownies are a great choice
With the above tips, your cooler and picnic basket, you are ready to go. Have fun and enjoy a relaxed day out surrounded by the simple beauty of nature.
All you have to do is choose where to have your portable feast and who to share it with!