I love a good picnic! When this week’s #romancingthehome theme happened to coincide with a road trip up the west coast, it only seemed right that we set our picnic up in the West Coast National Park. It is, after all, Flower Season.
If you don’t know what Flower Season means here in our little corner of the world, it’s the time where our fields and coast lines come alive with carpets and carpets of a whole variety of flowers, including various kinds of daisies, gousblomme and vygies. The Postberg section of the West Coast National Park is kept closed to visitors, except during August and September of each year. This is the peak time of Flower Season. Since we were going to drive straight past there on our road trip, it only made sense to take some time to have a picnic and see what splendor awaited us this year.
Now, I’ve made no secret of the fact that I don’t really cook and preparing for a picnic is no different. So while I had arranged picnic baskets, blankets, throws, pillows, cutlery and crockery all ahead of time, I had not arranged food. There was, of course, method in my madness – why go to all the trouble of making food when Woolworths has already done it for me! (No, this is not sponsored.) This made things so easy! We packed up the car, stopped off at our nearest woolies for food and coffee (duh!) and set of on our way. It took about an hour to an hour and a half to reach the entrance of the West Coast National Park (we used the one on the R27 – West Coast Road).
There was a bit of a wait to get into the park, but luckily there are rest rooms for those of you who, like me, need coffee to travel. There are also entrance fees to be paid if you don’t own a Wild Card. I’ll put the link here for fees, gate times, etc. for more information.
Once we were in, we drove through to the Postsberg section of the park. After meandering through the area, we decided to set up at Plankiesbaai, one of the picnic areas right on the coast line. Since you are not allowed to actually throw your blanket down in the middle of a gorgeous field of flowers, we set up right at the end of the picnic area. We at least then had a view of the sea as well as some of the flowers in the background.
I put our picnic blanket out, added the pillows and the throws. From there, it was as simple as taking the food out of it’s packaging and arranging on the boards and tiered tray that I had packed in to, you know, make it pretty! I had thought that it would be quite a mission to create a styled picnic look, but actually found it to be quite easy. Phew!
Here are my tips:
- Choose your picnic blanket, throws and pillows in complementary colours – it won’t actually matter then where you throw them, they will create a cozy, relaxed feeling anywhere. I used this blanket (bought from takealot); these throws (bought on special – buy 2 get 40% off from Zando) and these pillows from Mr Price Home (which you also saw on my porch swing!)
- If you can, use an old school picnic basket – I like that they are generally rather large and add just a bit of texture to the space. They also serve as very good anchors for your blankets haha. I borrowed this vintage one from my mom-in-law as well as an extra little basket, just for the flask and mugs. For the coffee/tea/sugar storage, I just the jars left over from the Totally Tea cake jars that I won last month – bonus!
- Don’t be afraid to pack in boards/trays to put your food out on. At first I thought that that they would take up too much space, but it didn’t. When I actually put everything together, I found that it took up hardly any space. Even the vintage tiered tray comes apart to store flat.
- Take a few dishtowels/napkins to wrap breads/rolls/croissants in.
- Pack wet-wipes – easy enough to keep out of sight, but close by for clean ups.
And that was that really: A simple, but pretty picnic set up with a stunning view!
When rest of the family arrived (and after I had made them wait a bit so that I could get all my shots – welcome to the life of a blogger), everyone tucked in. We lazed around chatting while the kids ran around like crazy people expending all their energy. Not a bad plan of action, since they passed out on the way home!
Don’t forget to visit my friends to see their picnics:
Tell them I say Hi!
What are your favourite picnic spots? And your tips & tricks? Share them with me please, I’d love to see them!