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Pack the perfect picnic

From choosing your kit to transportable treats, we’ve got your next al fresco adventure covered. All that’s left to do is pick a sunny spot and venture into the great outdoors…

Packing your picnic correctly is essential and can save you time and energy, not to mention back pain from lugging around way too much stuff. Not only that, but if you pack correctly you will not be dealt the embarrassing blow of unpacking to find food has been squashed or spoilt.

Transporting your picnic

It starts with your mode of carrying. This could be a stylish wicker hamper or a backpack, a cool box or a wooden apple crate. Shop around for the best equipment and choose wisely depending on your theme – if you are heading out on a bike ride or a long country ramble, a large wicker hamper would not be very practical, whereas a backpack or saddle bag filled with food wrapped in foil or in lightweight plastic boxes would be much more suitable.

Food storage

Do not be afraid to be a proud lover of Tupperware! It can keep food fresher longer, is light and easy to carry, and can be used for transporting liquids like soups along with more solid foods. Moreover, it is much lighter than glass or ceramic containers so easier to transport. And remember, you can always transfer the food to more visually exciting dishes once you reach your picnic spot.

If you are still not sold on the humble plastic box, there are other more visually quirky ways of transporting and serving food. Salads and desserts such as tiramisu look great in jam jars, and when all the food has gone and the sun dips down beyond the horizon, the jars can also be used as night light holders. Other things to try are tiffin tins, Chinese takeaway boxes or even flat-packed paper boxes. These look great filled with sandwiches, cakes and other dry foods, which can be served on pretty cardboard pop-up cake stands to add a touch of glamour.

Try vintage

Both high-street stores and vintage markets offer a wide variety of picnic paraphernalia. China and glassware can look amazing on a beautifully laid-out picnic ensemble, but if you are not picnicking close to home or near your car, also consider plastic, paper or wooden plates and cutlery that are more lightweight and also conveniently disposable.

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About Baking Heaven

Nothing says ʻ partyʼ quite like a showstopping cake, so this month we've rounded up some of our favourite wow-factor bakes to make sure you can celebrate any occasion in style. Find party essentials like a gin and tonic cake, a giant doughnut cake and everything in between! Our brand new Cake Decorating School is back, where we guide you step-by-step through techniques and projects that'll help you become an even better baker! Make Father's Day cupcakes, try using Candy Melts and follow Britt Box's easy guide to creating an ombre cake. Mary Berry shares some of her favourite speedy recipes, discover step-by-step how to make pineapple upside-down doughnuts, plus bake a malted milk chocolate birthday cake in our masterclass – it's perfect for kid's parties! Don't miss our guide to packing the perfect picnic – we share essential tips for eating al fresco, plus a selection of simple but delicious treats to take with you on the go. Don’t miss it!