Pack your picnic basket like a pro

Sep 28, 2021

There’s never been a better time to pack a picnic, head outdoors and enjoy some fresh air this Spring. Not sure where to start? We’ve dropped our top tips for packing your picnic basket like a pro.

Now that Melburnians can start enjoying some COVID-safe outdoor activities again, it’s essential that your picnic spread is the best on the block. We’re here to give you our hot tips on how to pack an enviable picnic basket, so you can get out of the house and enjoy some sunshine this weekend.

Firstly, let’s make it delicious

Although your shopping list could be endless, the most important part is to pick food that is best enjoyed lightly chilled. Not only is this perfect for warm days in the sunshine, but it’s also nice and easy to transport. Start with a variety of freshly cut fruit – watermelon, grapes and strawberries are in season and are also certified crowd pleasers.

Pair your fruit with a delectable selection of cheese and charcuterie, including a mix of hard and soft cheeses, prosciutto, crackers and dips. Baked goods are also an excellent addition, including homemade banana bread or fresh store-bought lamingtons for a sweet treat. For something savory, try spinach and feta muffins, mini quiches or a classic cream cheese and cucumber sandwich. Make sure to remember some chilled water, or make it fancy with flavoured sparkling drinks or mocktails.

Last minute picnic plans? Don’t panic. You can support local businesses and hit up your favourite café for a variety of items to put in your basket – or even grab a pre-made picnic hamper for your convenience. If you’re picnicking North of the river, Estelle and Mattarello by Mister Bianco are offering picnic boxes made to order. The best part is they’re less than a 10-minute drive from HOME By Caydon.

What about the basket and accessories?

Grab yourself a cute picnic basket and blanket to start – you could even bring along some camping chairs too!

Bright colours can be fun, but make sure your picnic equipment is also functional. When picking out a basket, we recommend opting for an insulated one that will keep your food nicely chilled, even on those scorching hot days. Or take things to the next level with a basket complete with wooden lid that doubles as a cheese board.

No matter what basket and blanket combo you pick, don’t forget some cutlery, a cheese knife and board (if needed), along with a few glasses for your beverages.

Location, location, location! Here are some lovely spots to enjoy your picnic basket

The next step is to set up under some shady trees and enjoy your delicious spread. The best part is that when you live in a Caydon apartment, you’ll always be close to an abundance of open green spaces.

If you haven’t paid a visit to Fairfield Boathouse, now’s your chance. Located just a short drive from HOME By Caydon, you can set up your picnic near the Yarra and take in the greenery while you’re at it. Check out the famous scones in the tea gardens while you’re there.

Residents at Rise Moonee Ponds can hit up Queens Park, Aberfeldie Park or Ormond Park, and if you call Coppins Corner home, The Royal Botanic Gardens are located a literal stone’s throw away.

If you’d like to make the move to a Caydon apartment and enjoy the surrounding greenery with your picnic basket in tow, search our available properties.