My weekends would usually pass by in a blur. I’ll be feeling happy and contented after every weekend, but if you ask me whether I remember what I do on most weekends, I struggle to recall. 😂
Of course, some weekends are more memorable than the others.
One such weekend would be the one which I organised a picnic with my fluffy princess, the two sisters and ZL.
Aww will you look at that!!
We hardly bring Xiaobai to the beach (I think this was her second time) and she was having difficulties walking on the sand. 😂😂 It was almost as awkward as the time we put shoes on her!
The wind was sooooo strong that day, we had a not so easy time setting up the picnic. 😂
Thought I could share some tips when it comes to planning and packing for a picnic by the beach, hopefully it’ll be helpful if you’re thinking of doing one!
Bring 4 X weighty items to hold down the corners of your picnic mat!
The wind by the beach is usually strong and gusty, you wouldn’t wanna run all over just to hold your mat down. And also, if you only have 2 people at the picnic, holding the mat down while setting up is a virtually impossible task.
Get a mini table which is easy to set up and dismantle so that sand doesn’t get into the food easily!
If you leave your food on the mat, within seconds you’ll be eating sand coated sandwiches and strawberries. And you don’t want that to happen! I was shopping at IKEA for the picnic and came across this rattan coffee table – STOCKHOLM 2017.
It seemed easy enough to set up and take apart, and fits into my car boot easily! 👌🏻
Get 2 mats, a plastic sheet for the bottom and a fabric mat to layer on top!
Last year when we had a picnic, we got this cute gingham plastic sheet from SKP (I think it costs about $2?) and although it looked so cute on photos, it was horrible to sit on! It was so thin and the grass felt all prickly, and our legs were all sweaty after a while because plastic traps the humidity LIKE MAD.
I bought a table cloth from IKEA and used it as a mat this time round. As you can see, the size was perfect! Comfort level? 10/10.
Potato chips DO NOT make good beach picnic food.
They are too light!! And that means they fly away whenever the sea breeze blows. Which is ALL THE TIME. And they lose crispiness so fast too!
Get your picnic cutlery from SKP.
SKP sells really solid plastic chrome coated cutlery! Plus, they look good on photos. Wayyyy better than the usual white, flimsy ones. And the quality is so good, we brought them home to reuse again!
Check out IKEA’s food hall store for easy-to-prepare but looks like you put in maximum effort food!
I was actually tasked to style this picnic to celebrate Waffles Day (yes there is such a day hahaha) and it so happens that IKEA sells these cute ready-made heart shaped 💛 waffles.
These are frozen and all you have to do is to reheat them! I used my pan and it was ready in 3 minutes. So easy, I LOVE IT!!
They were so delicious that I went back to IKEA and stocked up on them again on my last visit. Hahaha. Easy breakfast food! 👍🏻
That’s all from me guys!
I hope I managed to inspire your next picnic! 😉 And thank you, IKEA Singapore, for making this memorable day with my loved ones happen.