National Picnic Week

When the weather is nice there is nothing we love more than a picnic. It’s one of our favourite things to do together as a family, to just pack up a bag, throw in the football, and find a peaceful spot where the children can run themselves stupid. So when I learned that this week is National Picnic Week, given the amazing weather we have been having, we decided to spend Fathers Day having a picnic together in Worden Park.

It was also a great opportunity to try our new Picnic bag and blanket from B&M which, despite our love of picnics, is our first “official” picnic bag, loaded with 27 pieces and plenty of room to keep our goodies cold in the heat!

We are very lucky that our park is gorgeous, I genuinely love living where we do, and with so much space to run and play it can often feel as though we are the only people down there some days. The girls favourite thing to do is to make daisy chains and yet with only buttercups at hand, we had to improvise!

Whilst Gaz and Harry battled it out with the football, the girls and I made buttercup headbands together, and it was lovely to just have that time to relax when so many of our days are spend rushing around from one place to the next. I love those quiet moments, even more so when the sun is shining!


All of the running around was thirsty work, and the children were desperate for a drink. Usually the children drink from plastic cups or their water bottles so it was hilarious to see their reactions when they saw the plastic wine glasses, and they couldn’t wait to try them!

“Look Eva! We have lady cups!!” Megan said, which made me laugh so much. “Now we just need our wine!” Eva said, and I have no idea where she has got that from…..*ahem*…..

For the next twenty minutes they sat there, sipping their drinks, shouting, “Cheers!!” every two minutes, clashing their glasses together and laughing hysterically, very much like my friends and I on a night out!!

I loved how cool our food kept in the bag, and how much space there was for the mountain of sandwiches, snacks and drinks I had packed!

One of my favourite parts about picnics is usually after the children have eaten and drank every last bit we have packed, when they are finally full (this is some mean feat!) and happy to run around like lunatics whilst I can lie back on the blanket, close my eyes…..and let Daddy take over for an hour or so!

Our day at the park was lovely, so much so that we have plans to do the same again this next weekend. This is what making memories is all about for me, proof that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a great day out, and a reminder that it doesn’t matter where you are, it only matters who you’re with.

 

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14 Comments

  1. June 21, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    Oh they are so sweet! Lady cups! Eleanor’s only 9 months but she’d still rather drink from my glass or bottle than her cups. I love the idea of a picnic bag. Hampers look so lovely but they aren’t that practical, especially if you have a bit of walking to do. We love going on picnics and have just got back from one in the New Forest.

    Debbie x http://www.hellodeborah.co.uk

    • Laura Dove
      June 22, 2017 / 8:09 am

      Haha I know!! Lady cups is hilarious, I will never be able to call them a wine glass again! The picnic bag was fab, even if the children did want to eat their sandwiches with a knife and fork with the novelty of seeing cutlery in there!! xx

  2. June 21, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    What a lovely way to spend father’s day. I love the buttercup chains. They look so lovely as crowns on your daughters heads. #BrillBlogPosts

    • Laura Dove
      June 22, 2017 / 8:04 am

      Ahh thank you, the girls loved them and we had a lovely day! xx

  3. June 23, 2017 / 9:02 am

    It looks like you had a great time. The lady cups made me smile as I know that is just what my little lady would say. The buttercup headbands are lovely. Days out like that are perfect family memories. Lovely post.

    • Laura Dove
      June 23, 2017 / 10:11 am

      Hahah I will never be able to call them wine glasses again now! Lady cups is too funny! The simple days are often the best, especially when the sun is shining. xx

  4. June 23, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    How did I not know it was picnic week??? We LOVE picnic’s, it’s our favourite thing to do! Thankfully we did have one last week without me knowing about it. I love them with their ‘lady glasses’ that is so sweet. Picnic’s are so easy, yet lots of fun. My girls also eat so much better with a picnic. I now have bag envy! x

    • Laura Dove
      June 25, 2017 / 3:43 pm

      Haha so you unknowingly joined in!! Lady glasses is hilarious isn’t it? I will never say wine glass again! It’s a fab bag and B&M have so many bargains! xx

  5. June 25, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    You have pretty much described our perfect family day.We love a good picnic and like you we have so many pretty places nearby to visit. I love this picnic bag it definitely beats the carrier bag I take!

    • Laura Dove
      June 28, 2017 / 7:17 pm

      Haha we had a carrier bag until this, its lovely to have proper plates and “lady cups!”. Hehe. xx

  6. June 25, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    That is a GREAT picnic bag! I have a proper basket but it is a right faff to lug around! Do love B&M!

    • Laura Dove
      June 28, 2017 / 7:12 pm

      Me too! I go in for one thing and come out with ten! xx

  7. June 27, 2017 / 7:06 am

    Such wise words! You are totally right about who you are with over where you are. The picnic bag sounds great we don’t actually have one and end up taking everything in carrier bags! I am totally in love with the photos espically the buttercup ones! Xx

    • Laura Dove
      June 28, 2017 / 6:57 pm

      Haha we used to take carrier bags too, now I am loving my lady cups!! xx

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