The Picnic of Your Dreams

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Summer has come, which means that the outdoor season can be considered officially open! Despite the current situation in the world, it is very difficult to force yourself to remain isolated, especially in hot weather. With all safety precautions taken, everyone deserves a rest. The ideal option would be to get out into nature with family or friends for a picnic. This can be a country house where you gather on weekends or a specially designated area for relaxation.

For a successful and hassle-free holiday, you should think over all the details in advance. It’s not a good idea to travel with a bag full of last-minute groceries.

  1. Make a list of people to understand how much food you need
  2. Based on this, make a list and the required amount of products (meat, herbs, vegetables, snacks, drinks)
  3. Determine the time of collection or meeting
  4. Make a rough budget or decide who is responsible for purchasing and spending.
  5. Spend time with loved ones and don’t forget to clean up the trash after you. It’s important to stay green.

about picnics

Comes from the French verb “pique-niquer”, which originated in the French vernacular of the 17th century, although the practice of eating on the grass has always existed. It was said to have a peck-what-type lunch (“Faire un repas à pique-nique”), that is, a joint meal together, when everyone brings something to eat. The verb “piquer”, meaning “to peck, eat little,” suggested a comparison with birds. The term “nique”, or in another spelling nic, is called something of little meaning. To have a picnic (“Faire un pique-nique”) – meant a meal less familiar than dinner at the table.

The French word “picnic” was borrowed by the English before returning to France in the middle of the 18th century.

A picnic is a very broad and vivid concept, associated, of course, with relaxation outside the walls of an apartment or office. It can be a well-planned event with a scheduled menu and a designated meeting place for the company on the shore of a reservoir or deep in the nearest forest, or it can be an impromptu foray of two or three people into a small park, or onto a city boulevard, or into the courtyard of a house. One way or another, a picnic is the most pleasant pastime and an original version of corporate recreation. Getting out of the stuffy office into nature in the company of colleagues is very useful and productive.

History

The history of picnics is full of contradictions and has more than 5 centuries of evolution. Before so cleverly integrating into our daily life and becoming part of the culture, picnics have gone from the favorite entertainment of the aristocracy to almost 2.5 million posts on Instagram with the hashtag #picnic.

And how did the idea, ingenious in its simplicity, come about: take a large basket, fill it with delicious food and spend a cool day in nature with friends?

How it started

Almost all European countries are fighting for the title of the discoverer of the idea of ​​eating and drinking in the open air. The Western aristocracy loved to go on picnics and often combined them with hunting. Such meals were truly luxurious – all the snacks were prepared in advance, the servants set the “table”, and noble ladies and gentlemen drank wine and made small talk (read: gossip about acquaintances).

But England and France stand out especially in this struggle. Even the word “picnic” itself is in turn ranked as either English or French. And this confrontation concerns not only the right to be called “the country of picnics”, but also such nuances as the location of the real picnic. For more than a century, there has been a debate about whether there can be a picnic at the table. And if the French think that gathering at a table in the garden in the open air is an excellent solution for a family meal, then the British persist in their own – the “right” picnic can only be on the grass.

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Historical disputes about who is the founder of this or that tradition is an endless thing. But in the case of picnics, all conflicting parties seem to be the losers. After all, there were times when any food was cooked on a fire in the open air and any meal could be considered a picnic. Even in ancient Rome, there was a custom to go from the noisy metropolis to eat outside the city, which was called with a special word “eranos”, which translates as “a meal in a club”.

North or South?

In southern countries like Italy, Spain or France, a picnic was just a part of everyday summer life. The inhabitants of these countries did not even think that they were doing something special when at the end of the working day they drank wine, ate bread, cheese, and grapes in the fresh air. In countries more northern, such as Germany and Austria, the picnic came as a tribute to fashion – initially, it was the favorite entertainment of wealthy families.

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In England, picnics were initially associated with the final stage of the hunt. Lords, duchesses, and the whole pack of their purebred dogs settled down for a halt. In the middle of the 19th century, even a separate “Picnic Society” appeared in London, which included the golden youth of that time, and the annual membership fee was equal to the cost of a Rolls-Royce.

What did they eat?

In 1880, the first set of criteria for a “proper picnic on the road” was published in England. Following them, the picnic should have at least 30 dishes, ranging from meat, and ending with vegetable salads and various drinks.

Other important criteria include such as: “You can only sit on the grass, in extreme cases – on the pillows or bedspreads you brought with you,” or “a picnic cannot have a reason and purpose other than good weather. Any attempts to combine a picnic with some kind of active form of activity – attending a concert or at least a walk – do not correspond to the laws of the genre. “

The handbook of all classic British families, Mrs. Beaton’s Household Book, recommended a rather impressive list of dishes for a 40-person picnic. The menu certainly had to have a cold boiled beef neck, two servings of lamb ribs, two lamb shoulder blades, four fried roosters, two baked ducks, one pork ham, one tongue, two pies with veal and ham, two pigeon pies, six medium lobsters, 18 heads of lettuce, six baskets with herbs and six with cucumbers. In addition, they were supposed to have in stock a compote, two dozen fruit pies, two cold puddings, two blancmange, biscuits, and tea.

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By the way, the pedantic British also took into account the dangers that may lie in wait for vacationers in nature and published in the London secular magazine “Chambers Journal” for 1857. Among them are “sand in sandwiches, wasps in tea, wet bathing suits and corkscrews designed by the mentally ill.”

What now?

By the beginning of the 20th century, rapid industrialization forced residents to flee from megacities on Sunday. As more transportation, businesses, and city dwellers grew, the prospect of spending the day away from it all became more and more tempting. And today – picnics are a favorite spring-summer activity with well-known dishes: charcoal meat, vegetables, and drinks. A good picnic requires very little: good weather, great company, and delicious food. Well, and the most pleasant thing in the history of picnics is that there are no more rules in this tradition and you can experiment as you please.

tips to have the picnic of your dreams

We figured out how to organize a picnic and how this term came about. So what are the main ingredients of a good time? That, in addition to good company, will help you have an unforgettable time.

Plaid or Seat

If a large company is going to nature, you need to make sure that there is enough space for everyone. Bedspreads are good, but if you have a seat mat in your arsenal, they will be delighted with it. There are always people who want to sit a little further from the general mass of people or comfortably sit on a tree nearby. This is where such a seat cushion comes in handy.

Food Containers

Of course, putting away leftover food or other food before a picnic in a plastic bag is much faster and easier, but the food turns into porridge and spoils along the way. As a result, when it comes to a picnic, you realize that there is nothing – it’s easier to throw everything away. We advise you to pre-purchase lunch boxes with sealed lids or a set of containers of different sizes. Firstly, this way you will have the opportunity to arrange the dishes in different containers, and secondly, they will not be spilled in the bag. Very convenient, especially when it comes to a picnic.

Salt and Pepper Containers

Whether you are taking food you will need spice. Salt and pepper are the most popular and commonly used spices. The issue of transportation again. Of course, you can put them in a bag or a box, or you can take a salt and pepper shaker. Agree, it is much more convenient, and especially when they look aesthetically pleasing.

Basket

Back to the topic of packages, but already large ones, for things. Usually, when you need to get out into nature, everything in the drawer is used. A blanket is sent to one package, drinks to another, groceries to the third (and it’s good if they fit in one). But it is much easier to purchase a spacious wicker basket, which will fit, if not all things, than most of them for sure. It is not only convenient but also adjusts in the desired mood, cheers up. In addition, the basket will look great in the frame, so you can safely use it as a prop for photo shoots in tandem with a plaid blanket and croissants – in the best European traditions.

Thermos

It would seem, why hot drinks on a picnic? It is enough that there is a cooler bag with water and the necessary alcohol. However, if you are going to go with an overnight stay, and the evenings in your village are cold, after sunset no one will refuse a cup of your favorite coffee or tea. Therefore, choose an option in the store that suits the volume (there are many different models), fill it with boiling water or tea and take it with you to a picnic. In addition, in the assortment, you can find thermoses not only for the liquid but also for food. If you need to keep several dishes hot, select multilevel, if not, a single one will be enough. In form, they are no different from copies for drinks.

Bag Refrigeratore

Back to the topic of packages, but already large ones, for things. Usually, when you need to get out into nature, everything in the drawer is used. A blanket is sent to one package, drinks to another, products to the third (and it’s good if they fit in one). But it is much easier to purchase a spacious wicker basket, which will fit, if not all things, than most of them for sure. It is not only convenient but also adjusts in the desired mood, cheers up. In addition, the basket will look great in the frame, so you can safely use it as a prop for photo shoots in tandem with a plaid blanket and croissants – in the best European traditions.

Cups and Glasses

While disposable tableware is more suitable for a picnic in nature, to avoid splinters than for a picnic in the backyard, high-quality beautiful tableware is suitable. Since the picnic usually drags on until the evening, you will want to warm yourself up with tea, coffee, or something stronger, adults, of course.

Lovely and unique tea glasses will help you keep warm with a hot drink.

To cheer up your coffee, grab a coffee mug that will stand out in the crowd and bring you aesthetic pleasure.

And for those who like to warm up with the help of strong alcohol, there is nothing better than glasses for wine or whiskey and cognac, made using the art casting technique.

While drinking whiskey do not forget to use the whiskey stones for better taste and temperature.

Paper Cups

Of course, you can do with standard plastic ones, but in an era of increased concern for the environment, as well as reasonable consumption, it is better to give preference to paper ones. Such cups will not only help to contribute to the protection of nature but will also cheer you up and create the right atmosphere: there are many interesting colors, with and without inscriptions. And if you add paper plates to the cups, you can create a very beautiful table setting on an impromptu table.

Folding Furniture

People who don’t particularly like to sit on the bedspread should bring along a couple of folding chairs, chairs, or stools. Choose according to your taste: high or low, with or without a back. Remember that your comfort directly depends on such furniture throughout the entire picnic. And if you also bring a folding table with you, you can create a truly homely atmosphere. Feast with friends, but only in the fresh air, in the company of a murmuring river and singing birds.

Travel Picnic Sets and BBQ Skewers

The most important attributes for a picnic are a barbecue, a picnic set, and a skewers.

Disposable appliances can be used, but they can affect the taste and quality of the food you cook. It is highly recommended to use skewers made of a material that will not affect the taste or quality of the food. Travel picnic sets include a variety of useful items like cups, knifes, cutlery, folded BBQ grills, plates etc.

Entertainment

Do not think that going out into nature is only about “eating” and “drinking”. After a hearty meal and a measured rest, you may want to be more active. Especially for this we suggest taking with you a ball, boomerang, badminton, a flying saucer, board games. Choose the option that suits you and your company.

Plaid or Seat

If a large company is going to nature, you need to make sure that there is enough space for everyone. Bedspreads are good, but if you have a seat mat in your arsenal, they will be delighted with it. There are always people who want to sit a little further from the general mass of people or comfortably sit on a tree nearby. This is where such a seat cushion comes in handy.

Food Containers

Of course, putting away leftover food or other food before a picnic in a plastic bag is much faster and easier, but the food turns into porridge and spoils along the way. As a result, when it comes to a picnic, you realize that there is nothing – it’s easier to throw everything away. We advise you to pre-purchase lunch boxes with sealed lids or a set of containers of different sizes. Firstly, this way you will have the opportunity to arrange the dishes in different containers, and secondly, they will not be spilled in the bag. Very convenient, especially when it comes to a picnic.

Salt and Pepper Containers

Whether you are taking food you will need spice. Salt and pepper are the most popular and commonly used spices. The issue of transportation again. Of course, you can put them in a bag or a box, or you can take a salt and pepper shaker. Agree, it is much more convenient, and especially when they look aesthetically pleasing.

Basket

Back to the topic of packages, but already large ones, for things. Usually, when you need to get out into nature, everything in the drawer is used. A blanket is sent to one package, drinks to another, groceries to the third (and it’s good if they fit in one). But it is much easier to purchase a spacious wicker basket, which will fit, if not all things, than most of them for sure. It is not only convenient but also adjusts in the desired mood, cheers up. In addition, the basket will look great in the frame, so you can safely use it as a prop for photo shoots in tandem with a plaid blanket and croissants – in the best European traditions.

Thermos

It would seem, why hot drinks on a picnic? It is enough that there is a cooler bag with water and the necessary alcohol. However, if you are going to go with an overnight stay, and the evenings in your village are cold, after sunset no one will refuse a cup of your favorite coffee or tea. Therefore, choose an option in the store that suits the volume (there are many different models), fill it with boiling water or tea and take it with you to a picnic. In addition, in the assortment, you can find thermoses not only for the liquid but also for food. If you need to keep several dishes hot, select multilevel, if not, a single one will be enough. In form, they are no different from copies for drinks.

Bag Refrigeratore

Back to the topic of packages, but already large ones, for things. Usually, when you need to get out into nature, everything in the drawer is used. A blanket is sent to one package, drinks to another, products to the third (and it’s good if they fit in one). But it is much easier to purchase a spacious wicker basket, which will fit, if not all things, than most of them for sure. It is not only convenient but also adjusts in the desired mood, cheers up. In addition, the basket will look great in the frame, so you can safely use it as a prop for photo shoots in tandem with a plaid blanket and croissants – in the best European traditions.

Cups and Glasses

While disposable tableware is more suitable for a picnic in nature, to avoid splinters than for a picnic in the backyard, high-quality beautiful tableware is suitable. Since the picnic usually drags on until the evening, you will want to warm yourself up with tea, coffee, or something stronger, adults, of course.

Lovely and unique tea glasses will help you keep warm with a hot drink.

To cheer up your coffee, grab a coffee mug that will stand out in the crowd and bring you aesthetic pleasure.

And for those who like to warm up with the help of strong alcohol, there is nothing better than glasses for wine or whiskey and cognac, made using the art casting technique.

While drinking whiskey do not forget to use the whiskey stones for better taste and temperature.

Paper Cups

Of course, you can do with standard plastic ones, but in an era of increased concern for the environment, as well as reasonable consumption, it is better to give preference to paper ones. Such cups will not only help to contribute to the protection of nature but will also cheer you up and create the right atmosphere: there are many interesting colors, with and without inscriptions. And if you add paper plates to the cups, you can create a very beautiful table setting on an impromptu table.

Folding Furniture

People who don’t particularly like to sit on the bedspread should bring along a couple of folding chairs, chairs, or stools. Choose according to your taste: high or low, with or without a back. Remember that your comfort directly depends on such furniture throughout the entire picnic. And if you also bring a folding table with you, you can create a truly homely atmosphere. Feast with friends, but only in the fresh air, in the company of a murmuring river and singing birds.

Travel Picnic Sets and BBQ Skewers

The most important attributes for a picnic are a barbecue, a picnic set, and a skewers.

Disposable appliances can be used, but they can affect the taste and quality of the food you cook. It is highly recommended to use skewers made of a material that will not affect the taste or quality of the food. Travel picnic sets include a variety of useful items like cups, knifes, cutlery, folded BBQ grills, plates etc.

Entertainment

Do not think that going out into nature is only about “eating” and “drinking”. After a hearty meal and a measured rest, you may want to be more active. Especially for this we suggest taking with you a ball, boomerang, badminton, a flying saucer, board games. Choose the option that suits you and your company.

Conclusion

We hope, after reading the article, you have learned a lot about the history of the picnic and tradition, as well as with tips you will be able to organize a picnic of your dreams.