OK. So there might be a few ways to celebrate springtime in London. When Rekorderlig Cider got in touch to find out how I celebrate spring (as they come into celebrating Walpuris, a huge event in Sweden taking place on April 30th with massive bonfires and fanfare), I knew I couldn’t get away with a massive bonfire party in the park, so I thought about a slightly safer – but still super fun alternative. Picnics!
I’ve always been a massive fan of picnicking. And because I like you, I’ll let you in on a secret. I happen to know the best ways to have the perfect springtime picnic celebration. (Hint: it involves a little something sweet to drink…)
5 ways to have the best springtime picnic (ft Rekorderlig cider)
1. Location, location, location
You don’t want to be overwhelmed by picnickers. You’ll be surrounded by one of the following: drunken youths, families trying to coax their children into eating a cheese sandwich, and sporty types. You know the ones who are throwing a ball, kicking a ball or just having a ball with the intent of a game.
The best way to avoid these picnic goers is to seek out alternative places to go. I’ve always found Holland Park to be a good hideaway. It’s still busy as ever, but you’ll be able to find a little seclusion to have your own little private picnic soiree. Equally, got on a cooler day, the park will be completely deserted and all you need to bring along extra is a comfy jumper for the win.
2. A few bottles of Rekorderlig Cider, naturally
Obviously, you guessed that I’m going with cider on this one? Rekorderlig’s summertime range is excellent for picnics. We took two delicious flavours along for the day, their Premium Wild Berries and their Premium Mango-Raspberry. I usually am a wine kind of girl, but I like being able to mix up my choices, and I find that Rekorderlig cider is a good afternoon through into the evening drink. You can kind of keep sipping on these babies all day long.
Plan ahead and make sure you’ve chilled the cider to create the optimum refreshment. Alternatively, you can be ultra prepared and bring ice cubes and wine glasses. My mom actually bought us these plastic glasses awhile ago for our picnicking days. Cute right? Only a tenner from M&S. Yay!
Don’t try to make it too fancy. Picnics are ultimately about the drinks, so it’s just nice to have something small to nibble at. Olives, cheese and bread are perfect. Grapes if you’re feeling ~fancy~. Chips if you’re feeling lazier.
4. Extra blankets
You know when you think you’ve brought enough? Add another three blankets. For some reason, you can share a double bed with someone without any trouble, but when it comes to sharing a picnic blanket it’s an all out catastrophe.
5. Excellent company to celebrate with
My go-to number one is always Joe… and not just because I make him carry the picnic basket. It’s nice to have an alternative date afternoon and spend time together lounging in the sun and sipping on something sweet.
Of course, that’s not to say that a big group isn’t loads of fun. Some of my best spring and summertime memories are when my entire friend group gets together, we all bring a different bottle of something and loads of snacks and camp out for the day. Plus, it’s a cheap alternative to all gathering round to head to the pub.
And why not picnic when it’s just that easy? Pick up a couple of ciders, snacks, too many blankets and relax in nature. Or at least the tiny bubble of nature within the city of London…
Now that’s all from me because I’m off to celebrate springtime in the park!
Note: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Rekorderlig Cider. All opinions/thoughts/picnicking plans are my own.