Picnic Perfection: How to Plan an Outdoor Feast Without Breaking the Bank

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Picnics are a great way to embrace nature, share delicious food, and create lasting memories with friends and family. However, the idea of planning a picnic might seem tedious and daunting, especially when you’re on a tight budget. But fear not! With a bit of resourcefulness and creativity, you can host a fantastic outdoor gathering without breaking the bank. 


Choose a budget-friendly location

One of the great things about picnics is that they can be held almost anywhere - from beaches and parks to backyard gardens and even balconies. Opting for a public park or a free outdoor space eliminates the need for venue rental fees, keeping your expenses low. Our top picks for spots in Perth include Kings Park, Hyde Park and the Scarborough Foreshore. Also, check beforehand if there are any picnic tables or shaded areas. Looking this up in advance will help you prepare what equipment needs to be brought along such as rugs or an esky.

Simple is best!

When it comes to picnic fare, simplicity is key. Focus on easy-to-make, budget-friendly dishes that are also portable and suitable for outdoor dining.  Salads, wraps, sandwiches, and fruit skewers are great options that won’t break the bank. Also, consider preparing homemade versions of your favourite drinks and snacks to save even more money. If you’re short on time, ready-made products are also convenient to reduce preparation time. For sweet treats, don’t forget to check out our Great Temptations range. 


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Shop smart! 

Before hitting the grocery store, take inventory of what you already have at home. Make a list of the essential ingredients you need and stick to it to avoid impulse purchases. Look for sales, discounts, and coupons to stretch your budget further. Buying seasonal produce and generic brands can also help cut costs without sacrificing quality.


Embrace DIY decor

Decorating for your picnic doesn't have to be expensive. Get creative and make use of items you already own, such as blankets, throw pillows, and mason jars. DIY decorations like banners, paper lanterns, and floral arrangements can add a touch of charm to your outdoor setting without costing a fortune. Consider repurposing household items or shopping at second-hand stores for affordable décor options.

Bring reusable essentials

Investing in reusable picnic essentials such as plates, utensils, cups, and napkins may require an initial upfront cost but can save you money in the long run. Avoiding single-use disposable items not only reduces waste but also eliminates the need to repurchase them for future picnics. Pack a reusable picnic basket or tote bag to transport your supplies conveniently.


Entertainment on a budget

Entertainment is a crucial aspect of any picnic gathering. Instead of spending money on expensive games or activities, opt for budget-friendly alternatives. Bring along a deck of cards, a frisbee, or a soccer ball for some classic outdoor fun. You can also organise a nature scavenger hunt or a DIY crafts station using materials found in nature.


Hosting a picnic on a budget doesn't mean sacrificing the quality or enjoyment of the experience. By planning wisely, shopping smart, and getting creative with your resources, you can throw a memorable outdoor gathering without breaking the bank. So grab your picnic basket, gather your friends and family, and savour the simple pleasures of nature, good food, and great company – all while staying within your budget.


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