How To Host The Ultimate Vegan Picnic
The grass is always greener when you're on a picnic with people you really vibe with. Maybe it's the fresh air or the sun on your face, but isn't it funny how everything tastes better when you're eating outside? Whether you're planning a date night, a family meet-up or just want to enjoy the sunshine and catch up with your favourite people, vegan picnics are a great way to do it as it brings all your loved ones together no matter their preferences. But as with every occasion, planning a picnic can be stressful. That's why we got together to put together a checklist to help make sure your vegan picnic day is an absolute blast! You're welcome!
Vegan Picnic Hosting Tips and Tricks
1. Find a picturesque picnic spot
Yes, picnics can be enjoyed anywhere, but a memorable picnic does have a lot to do with other things like the parking situation, the amount of shade and the bathroom facilities on the day. So, consider these things when deciding where you will have it. As for the actual location, that does depend on what vibe you're going for. But going for a spot no one else knows about or somewhere new is a definite way to make memories. You can really up your game by going for somewhere that's picture-perfect, if only for the 'gram. And because sometimes life doesn't go to plan, if the good weather isn't on your side, you should consider an alternative indoor spot or somewhere with a rain shelter. Just in case!
2. Give your picnic spot a glow-up
OK, so you've found the location, great. Now it's time to think of the style and décor – it makes a difference. Whether you're hosting a relaxed gathering or a fancy thing, there are so many ways to give your spot a glow-up. Flowers are your best friend here. To add a pretty touch to your picnic, pick flowers from your garden or buy them from a local flower store and ask the florist to arrange them so you can place them around your picnic area. Bunting, paper lanterns in the trees and huge balloons are also a good shout. Try a low-profile picnic table if you're going down the fancy route. And, of course, no picnic is complete without cosy pillows and blankets to lounge on, so stock up on those. Mix and match different patterns and colours to create a cute and comfy seating area for you and your guests.
3. It's all in the details
The glassware, the napkins, straws... the extras. Décor aside, all these things will help make your picnic one that's talked about on the group chat for many weeks, months, and years to come!
1. Recyclable cups or reusable glasses plus drink charms help guests mark their glasses
2. Paper or metal straws
3. Recyclable plates, napkins, utensils
4. Serving platters and bowls
5. Serving utensils
6. Trash bags and cleaning supplies
And, of course, plenty of food and drinks, but we'll come back to that later. One more thing, will you be playing music? If yes, you'll need a portable speaker and a banging playlist. You can get your crew involved by asking them to add to the playlist before picnic day. It's a great way for everyone to feel connected.
These days there are various reusable plastic cocktail glasses with intricate designs to elevate your alfresco experience. They're the perfect blend of style and convenience. Many of these glasses are crafted from recyclable materials, minimising their environmental impact. By opting for reusable plastic cocktail glasses, you not only reduce waste but also make a lasting commitment to sustainability.
4. Pack a picnic feast fit to remember
Forget the basic sandwiches and salads. Prep a vibrant picnic with various plant-based delights like hummus, veggie sticks, and crispy kale chips. Try making some with homemade hummus, beetroot, chickpeas and salad or use tofu as a substitute for egg with dairy-free mayo. Every good vegan picnic needs salad - potato salad, colourful salads and curried chickpea salad. They're a great way to add nutrition to your picnic spread. Fresh fruit is a must too: watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, grapes, and apples. And dips, you'll definitely need dips. You could switch things up by making a vegan charcuterie board that has tasty bits like roasted peppers, dried apricots, hummus or guacamole dip with some fresh veggies on the side for dipping.