Fun Family Picnic Food Ideas

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July has to be the perfect time of year to pack a picnic and head outside. Whether you're tucking into a garden or park picnic or going on a lovely day trip to a beach, hilltop or riverside, when the weather's nice and sunny, there's nothing better than eating outdoors.

The Sunny D team have been having a chat and we've put together some of our favourite picnic ideas to help you get inspired.

All you need now is a picnic rug or a few fold-up chairs, lots of great tasting Sunny D to drink and a bit of sunshine. And take a camera too to capture some happy faces!

  • Draw funny faces of all the family on half a dozen eggs then hard-boil them. Shell each egg just before you eat them and serve with a little salt and pepper to sprinkle on top or salad cream to dip into.
  • Cucumber sandwiches with their crusts cut off.
  • Home-made sausage rolls sliced into bite-sized chunks.
  • Warm bacon and egg quiche served with cold cherry tomatoes.
  • Baguettes, pitta bread or flatbreads slashed into pieces with a selection of dips including hummus, roast vegetables, coleslaw and soft cheese
  • Cold rice/pasta salads mixed with chopped fruit, pine-nuts and celery.
  • Potato salad made with new potatoes and a mixture of crème fraiche and Greek yogurt with chopped chives.
  • A big crisp green salad.
  • Pork pies with chutney or pickle.
  • Ham, or chicken, or egg and cress, or pork and stuffing rolls with crunchy lettuce and mayonnaise.
  • For a classic British afternoon tea treat, pack some fat fruity scones with a jar of strawberry jam, some juicy strawberries to slice and clotted cream. They taste amazing outside on a picnic.
  • A bowl of your favourite fruits – we love sliced bananas, raspberries, grapes and strawberries. Be a bit naughty and dip them in chocolate.
  • Homemade flapjacks – perfect for busy children who don't want to sit down for too long because they want to play!
  • Cheese and biscuits and a flask of tea or coffee – for the adults to enjoy while the children play with bat and ball/frisbee/football or anything else you can squeeze in the car.
  • Lots of chilled Sunny D to keep the whole family refreshed. Yes!

Did you know? The English word 'picnic' comes from the French word 'pique-nique' which means 'to pick at food' and was first used in the 17th century. But picnics really took off in Victorian times. Victorian picnics were a way of taking a complete meal outside – but today, we're a bit less fussy and much more flexible.