It’s Picnic Time #2 The 3 Steps You Need To Plan Your Picnic Food + Recipes!

Welcome to part two in my series, “It’s Picnic Time”. In the first part, I talked about planning a picnic and 5 essential items to pack. Now we’re getting down to the really good stuff…food!

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Deciding what food to pack for your picnic is the most fun part of the planning process. You want your guests to have the best time possible and the food is, of course, the main attraction! So let’s break it down to the three main steps you’ve got to take before you start preparing any food.

1. The time of day
2. The theme
3. Your guests’ needs.

Is your picnic taking place in the morning, afternoon or evening? Once you decide on the time, you can then base your menu around it. Pick a theme and you can be even more creative around the types of food. For example, you could have a pirate themed beach picnic for the morning, a 50s style tea party for the afternoon or a Mexican themed picnic in the evening. Don’t forget to find out if any of your guests have any special dietary requirements. This ensures that no-one is left out and saves you time in the long run, not to mention, it adds excitement for your friends (especially if there are little ones coming along too)! Below are recipe suggestions from myself and fellow food bloggers for each time of day.

Rise ‘n’ Shine

Rising early over the weekend might not be everyone’s cup of tea; I for one am not an early bird! However, if you can muster up the strength to get up and out, it really is worth the experience. Take advantage of the Summer weather and experience the sunrise whilst munching down on some tasty breakfast foods such as muffins, flapjacks, scotch eggs and fruit salads.

Recipes perfect for a morning picnic

Coconut, Blueberry and Banana Muffins

Flapjacks With Goji Berries

Scotch Eggs – The Foodie Couple Blog

Rainbow Omelette Cakes – Eats Amazing

Miso Muffins With Kale, Carrot And Courgette – Tin And Thyme

Bacon, Mushroom And Basil Muffins – Casa Costello

Chill in the Afternoon 

This is probably the most popular time to have a picnic. The sun will be at its hottest and it’s an all round more agreeable time to meet up with your friends! Mini pies, wraps and pork fillets are also your friends.

Recipes perfect for an afternoon picnic

Mini Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Pies

Roast Beef Wraps With Cranberry Relish And Spinach – Maison Cupcake

Roast Orange Pork Fillet and Polenta Chips – Recipes From A Pantry

Wholemeal Stilton and Broccoli Pasties – Jen’s Food

Chorizo, Red Pepper And Cheddar Quiches – Jen’s Food

Sunny Picnic Quiches – Fab Food 4 All

Veggie No-Sausage Rolls – Recipes And Reviews

Quinoa, Watercress, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad with Roasted Asparagus – Tin And Thyme

Raspberry And White Chocolate Blondies – Tin And Thyme

Sunset Surprise

An evening picnic can be very romantic! Cheese, pork pies, quiches, burgers and pasties make watching the sun slide down beneath the clouds just the best, right?

Recipes perfect for an evening picnic

Easy Cheese Twists – Recipes And Reviews

Mini Cheese And Onion Pasties – The Veg Space

Pork Pies from Haynes Men’s Pie Manual – Lancashire Food

Smoked Ham, Leek And Goats Cheese Impossible Pie – Lancashire Food

Red Pepper And Feta Quiche With A Cauliflower And Quinoa Crust – Celery and Cupcakes

Easy Mini Quiches – Eats Amazing

Don’t forget….

Make sure to wait until your food has cooled before packing it in sealable containers. For food and drinks that need to be kept chilled, you can use ice packs or a cooler box, or save space and freeze water bottles. Don’t eat anything that’s been sitting out for longer than a couple of hours – the last thing you want is food poisoning.


 Stick to seasonal fruits if you’re making your own drinks. Homemade lemonade is always a popular choice. For spirits, sparkling wine is a refreshing option for the Summer heat or an ice-cold beer!

Recipes and recommendations:

Raspberry Lemonade – Recipes From A Pantry

Pimms – The limited edition elderflower and strawberry flavours are fabulous

Shloer Celebration Pink Fizz – Shloer has always been a favourite non-alocoholic drink. This time they’ve gone all out with this rosé juice, complete with popping cork!

Corona – A light, refreshing beer. Add a slice of lime for extra zest.

Grace Aloe Vera – Have you ever tried Aloe vera the drink? It’s surprisingly sweet with little bits in it (like freshly squeezed orange juice). It does contain quite a lot of sugar (9g per 100ml) but hey, once and a while won’t hurt! Best kept chilled.


  1. Leave a Reply

    July 10, 2015

    Love the idea of going out for a breakfast picnic. Not sure if I could get that super organised, but I might make an effort at some point this summer. Also inspired by a Mexican themed evening picnic. Great post and thank you for including some of my recipes.

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      July 13, 2015

      It really is worth it if you can get organised, Choclette! I find getting up early the worst part. Hehe.

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    Sus Davy
    July 7, 2015

    What a good round up of interesting picnic eats!! Wish the sun would come back so we could go on one though!

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      July 13, 2015

      I’ve had many a picnic in the car due to the weather lol. Fingers crossed.

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    Camilla @FabFood4All
    July 7, 2015

    I love a good picnic and there are some fab idead here I will be book marking! Thanks for including my Sunny Picnic Quiches.

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      July 13, 2015

      That’s good to hear, Camilla! I’m a big fan of quiche and yours sound lovely!

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    July 7, 2015

    Some fab recipes here – fingers crossed we get the weather for picnics this summer!

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    The FoodieCoupleBlog
    July 6, 2015

    So much inspiration here! Great post

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    Ceri Jones
    July 6, 2015

    Ooh a morning picnic. What fab idea and not done often enough. Lots of choices here to choose from when I get one planned! Thanks for the fab round up!

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      July 13, 2015

      It really is lovely Ceri. It’s just the getting up early that’s hard! Hehe.

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    Gingey Bites
    July 6, 2015

    Ooh I love a picnic and there is so much inspiration on here. I want to get my basket out now and start planning something fun!

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      July 13, 2015

      Yay, I’m glad you’ve found inspiration here. Hope you have a great one if you do!

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      July 13, 2015

      It’s not been looking great, has it? Here’s hoping it will pick up!!

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    July 6, 2015

    What a great roundup – planning to picnic at the weekend and some great ideas here. Thanks for including my mini pasties!

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    Sarah Trivuncic
    July 6, 2015

    Lovely, I am craving a picnic after reading that. Thanks for including my wraps!

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      July 13, 2015

      np Sarah, they sound delicious with the roast beef and cranberry!

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