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  • Hello everybody!

  • When spring starts rolling round

  • and the sun starts making a bit more of an appearance than usual,

  • we are living in the UK after all,

  • then I feel like picnics are the most exciting thing ever.

  • Besides a barbecue, which I am also accustomed to - everyone loves a barbecue,

  • I feel like picnics are so fun and easy and...

  • I don't know, I just really like a picnic.

  • So I decided to try and do the most epic picnic I have ever done.

  • Now, you guys know by now that I never do anything half-arsed.

  • So, when I decided that I wanted to do a picnic at the weekend

  • I ramped it up a little bit,

  • I scoured pinterest for any cute ideas,

  • I looked at recipes, food ideas, decoration ideas...

  • And myself and Poppy went to town.

  • Obviously, most of you may know a picnic as a...

  • blanket, food and a field.

  • And I mean that is pretty much all you need in order to have a successful picnic.

  • You don't need to go as extreme as I did,

  • but we had so much fun setting it up,

  • we had so much fun at the actual picnic.

  • and I honestly think it was one of my favourite days so far this year.

  • If you have a celebration coming up, it's someone's birthday,

  • someone's graduated, an end of exams party...

  • or you just know that there's a really sunny weekend coming up

  • and lots of you and your friends are all free

  • and you want to do something,

  • then I feel like it gives you the perfect excuse to go that little bit more

  • crazy and creative with how you set your picnic up.

  • We decided we wanted to do a tree-pee.

  • I've called it this, I don't actually know if it's called a tree-pee,

  • but it's a teepee suspended in a tree.

  • And all I did for that, it looks really complicated, but I promise you

  • it was actually really easy,

  • I ordered 10-15 meters of plain white fabric from Amazon.

  • I guess it really depends on how thick the material is

  • and what material you wanna buy,

  • but it really wasn't that expensive

  • and I can reuse this for multiple things, to be honest.

  • You could also use bedsheets, blankets...

  • you don't have to buy fabric especially to do this.

  • I mean, it's kind of like making an adult den, let's be honest.

  • You wanna find a location that has a good tree.

  • If you wanna do a tree-pee, you need a decent tree.

  • Some trees have like, a horizontal branch coming off of them,

  • which would be perfect, 'cause then you can just sling the fabric over the branch if it's not too high

  • and kind of create you teepee from there.

  • The tree we had, it wasn't quite perfect enough for that

  • so we actually just used the hollow pole

  • and we fed a string through it

  • so we created like a loop and we tied the pole

  • around the tree, so it was kind of hanging

  • and then we draped the fabric over the pole.

  • That sounds really complicated, but there's lots and lots of pictures on my blog,

  • which I will obviously link below,

  • where you can kind of see how that's created the shape.

  • You also don't need to do a tree-pee if you don't want to.

  • I just thought it looked really cool

  • and after we've done that, we decorated it, we have-

  • in fact, I've got some things here.

  • Because I'm a bit of a party fanatic,

  • I love to throw people parties, not go to them neccessarily,

  • I actually already have like a stash of like paper decorations.

  • And things like this came in so useful for the picnic,

  • because they're so easy to do, they're so easy to set up

  • and they're also really easy to attach in a tree,

  • making it look super super pretty and cute.

  • And of course, if there's a theme to your picnic, so if it's someone's birthday party,

  • you can kind of tailor these a little bit more to the person.

  • Maybe you could have some happy birthday bunting.

  • I feel like it's kind of all about personal preference, really.

  • I decided I wanted to make this more of a picnic party,

  • because most picnics, I feel like, are an afternoon occasion.

  • I really love that kind of cosy element of like

  • the candles and the fairy lights and

  • the evening just kind of was more fitting for that day,

  • so we did our picnic, started our picnic at about 5 or 6 pm.

  • And I really really liked that time,

  • because you get the lovely, like sunlight,

  • but you also get that really nice, like ambient like sunset

  • and then you have the darkness,

  • which, if you're not scared of, like being out in a field at night

  • or, you know, out right in the back of your garden, then it doesn't really matter.

  • But, um...

  • Make sure you take torches because we did not take torches.

  • Setting up a picnic in the daylight is fun and it's fine, and it's easy,

  • trying to take apart a picnic in complete darkness

  • was slightly more difficult.

  • So, we took candles, we took fairy lights,

  • obviously battery-operated fairy lights

  • unless you have a power supply near by,

  • in which case you could go fairy light crazy.

  • We had like candle lanterns and we just made it really

  • kind of ambient and cosy and it looked really cool.

  • And it just felt so nice because the evening was warm.

  • However, I would advise you to obviously take blankets to sit on inside your tree-pee,

  • But I also took a couple of blankets that could be used as like

  • cover-ups in case it got a little bit more chilly in the evenings.

  • Always make sure you have a big enough picnic basket

  • to be able to take food, plastic cutlery,

  • glasses, drinks, plates...

  • Um...

  • Any like serving ware...

  • I used some slate boards, some wooden boards

  • and things to sort of lay food down on.

  • Scissors... don't forget scissors,

  • because if you're opening all these packets

  • and you have no way of actually

  • tearing them open or cutting bits of like paper or cutting string...

  • You're screwed.

  • Bin bags.

  • Always remember to take bin bags to a picnic

  • because there will be packaging, wrappers, um...

  • any leftover food that nobody wants to take home,

  • it's always important to take at least some form of rubbish bag,

  • because you also don't wanna be leaving anything behind

  • if you're doing this in a public space.

  • Matches.

  • No point having candles if you don't have matches to light set candles.

  • The amount of times I've been to picnics or like garden parties

  • and there's no way of lighting any candles

  • and everyone just ends up sitting in the dark,

  • using their phone torches, like woohoo.

  • You also might wanna take with you some napkins and some wet wipes,

  • because you never know what might get spilled, you might get sticky fingers

  • and if you don't have access to a sink...

  • what you gonna do?

  • When it came to food, I feel like with a picnic

  • a lot of the time, if there's a big of you going,

  • you could all decide who's bringing what

  • and it really depends on what time of the day as well,

  • because if you're doing more of like a brunch picnic,

  • then obviously the food might be slightly different,

  • if you're doing a lunch picnic it could be different,

  • if you're doing a dinner picnic like we did,

  • it might also be slightly different.

  • I really wanted to do a cheese board, because

  • it was kind of more of an evening time.

  • And we had things like hummus, like dips and...

  • I mean, picnic food is, um...

  • known as being cold and nibbly bits

  • and things that are quite easy to kind of spoon and eat

  • like pasta salads, potato salads, coleslaw,

  • lots and lots of bits and pieces like that,

  • which you can prepare yourself, of course,

  • but we didn't prepare everything ourselves.

  • Poppy prepared quite a few bits.

  • She made two salads, I made some fruit kebabs,

  • because they're super fun and super easy...

  • and Poppy also made some ice lollies.

  • Make sure you've got a freezer bag if you're planning on taking anything frozen.

  • But generally, I feel like picnics are quite nibbly bits

  • so we took a little trip to Mark and Spencer

  • and we basically just went around and took everything from their like new summer range.

  • This isn't sponsored by M&S by the way,

  • they just have a lot of really amazing picnic food in right now.

  • So we got like, crisps and dips and fruit and

  • just lots and lots of lovely little bits and pieces

  • and it was just the most amazing spread of food you have ever seen.

  • I just wanted to eat all of it.

  • Our eyes were certainly bigger than our tummies

  • and there wasn't quite enough of us to finish everything,

  • but we took empty Tupperware boxes with us

  • so that we could take any food we couldn't eat home

  • and, you know, eat it another time.

  • Entertainment wise.

  • Now, I know you don't really need any more entertainment than your friends,

  • because generally, if you have good company,

  • then everyone's happy and you don't need anything else.

  • But one thing that I will say is vital for any picnic.

  • It's a wireless Bluetooth speaker.

  • I don't know what make this one is.

  • It's an LG Music Flow. I got this from John Lewis.

  • But there's so many that you can get and they're just the best thing ever.

  • I feel like a picnic isn't...

  • isn't as good as it could be without a little bit of music

  • just to set the scene, gives it a bit more of a vibe.

  • And there's nothing worse, especially if you're doing it in the evening when it gets darker,

  • there's nothing worse than just no noise,

  • like no sound, it kinda gets a little creepy.

  • And even with music on, at one point we all got a little bit scared.

  • I can't remember why.

  • I think we were really all overthinking every noise we could hear.

  • But yeah, music - essential.

  • Another thing I took along with me just for the memories

  • and because I love it

  • is my little Fujifilm camera.

  • Um...

  • You can take instant snaps...

  • Snip, snip.

  • and I took a lot of really nice pictures that day

  • and I really really love them.

  • And it was just nice to have, 'cause lots of people were kind of using it and taking turns.

  • I also took a couple of like small compact like card games,

  • like there was like Guess the Song...

  • I also took one game that I think was called Awkward Bag of--

  • No, Bag of Awkward Questions or something.

  • The sort of thing you see on Youtube Challenges.

  • That was really fun as well and it just gives it a little bit more,

  • especially if it's for a party or something or a birthday

  • and you wanna add like an element of games into it,

  • I think that's also really fun.

  • If you're doing this big style and you've got quite a lot to take with you

  • the decorations, the cutlery, the food,

  • you're gonna need more than a picnic basket.

  • Although it does depend on how big your picnic basket is, I guess.

  • But we also carried things in cardboard boxes

  • and then we used those cardboard boxes as like tables to put drinks on,

  • to put things that we weren't using,

  • we always had something to put something in.

  • And I think that was really useful, too.

  • We used one of the boxes as a main like table inside the teepee

  • and that went down really really well.

  • I feel like you could even step this up a notch and do a barbecue,

  • like a portable barbecue at the picnic.

  • That would just be epic.

  • Maybe when the sun is really out.

  • When summer's in full swing, I think that definitely needs to be done.

  • I'm already desperate to do this again.

  • It was so much fun.

  • I know we went kinda OTT, but I don't do things in halves,

  • so going OTT was the only option for me and I had so much fun

  • and I'm so glad that we put so much effort into it

  • and it turned out to be such a lovely evening.

  • Niomi came, Mark came, Sean was there, Poppy was there

  • and it was just so lovely.

  • So so nice.

  • And I definitely want to do it again.

  • I really hope this video has given you a little bit of picnic inspiration,

  • given you some ideas...

  • Make sure to check out my blog and also Poppy's blog.

  • She's done a blog post and she also wrote up

  • how she made her elderflower ice lollies,

  • which were absolutely delicious.

  • And I've written lots, lots more about the picnic, the setup, the location,

  • everything you need to know about how we did the picnic over on the blog,

  • so I will link everything down below.

  • I will also leave links to everything that you may have seen

  • in the really cute little montage at the beginning.

  • The blankets, the lanterns, everything that I can find online,

  • I will leave in a link in the description box,

  • so make sure to check that out if you wanna find out any more information.

  • And yeah, this was a little bit of a different video for me,

  • but I kind of wanna do these for like...

  • Halloween parties, Christmas parties, birthday parties.

  • I literally love doing things like this.

  • I love planning parties, planning food for the parties, planning the decorations.

  • I get really really into it and I know that my mum was exactly the same

  • because mine and my brother's parties were always so much fun

  • and she always put so much effort</