Six essentials to pack for quiet days in the sun according to picnic queen Karina Findley

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Now that outdoor gatherings are back on the cards, the Sydneysiders who rolled up their sleeves to get the jab also rolled out their picnic blankets for outdoor outings with four fully vaxxed companions. By now you’ve probably seen a handful of impromptu picnics where seeing your friends was a priority. Now it’s time to take things up a notch.

Enter Karina Findley: the mastermind behind The Picnic Club – a boutique service that hosts chic picnics for all outdoor occasions, from social gatherings to wedding parties, birthdays and even proposals. Now that picnics are back, it’s no surprise that Findley has been in high demand lately. “As soon as Gladys mentioned the word ‘picnic’, that was it,” says Findley. “It’s completely blown up.”

So what are the basics of a good picnic? For Findley, it’s all about the business. Then: location, location. “A good view is very important. My favorite [spots] are Lawn 33 of the Royal Botanical Garden and Willow Pond in Centennial Park. “

With our friends at Rosie Spritz, we asked Findley to share her six picnic essentials that will help you improve your neighbor – because no one wants to sit on a dilapidated tarp topped with a plate of Jatz and cut cabanossi. . Check out Findley’s picnic must-sees, head to your local bottle and pick up a four-pack Rosie Spritz, and head to your favorite park (BYO compatible), stat.

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The Tartan Co blanket


In life, a solid foundation is the key to success – and so are picnics. That’s why, according to Findley, a good blanket on which to lay your spread is crucial. “You want something really cool for the setting. But you don’t want to go to a picnic and carry kilos of items. We do that when we settle in for The Picnic Club, but it’s not great for DIY, ”she said. said.

There are a few things to look for when choosing the perfect rug. According to the expert: “It must be big because you are going to be having friends, food, drinks and lots of other stuff. Also something that has a waterproof liner underneath in case the ground is wet is ideal.” The picnic queen loves this blanket from The Tartan Blanket Co. “It’s lightweight and has a chic leather shoulder strap, so it’s easy to carry around once you’re done or planning to take a stroll afterwards,” says -she.

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Beach people


A day in the sun with friends is glorious, but you know what can make things sour? A lukewarm spritz because you didn’t put it in a cooler bag. And, it turns out that not all single items are created equal.

“Eskies are great, but they’re a bit too bulky. Whereas a picnic basket – especially the insulated one – is great because you can neatly store everything in it, including edibles and utensils. and towels; things that wouldn’t work. very well in a cooler, ”says Findley.“ They can also be very light, so you can easily carry it with one hand without having to drag it to your area. picnic. ”His favorite: this isolated wicker issue of The Beach People.

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Graceful kindness Sydney


Snacks are arguably the most important player in the picnic game. “You want to have enough of it so that you can graze lightly throughout the day without filling yourself up completely, and making sure there is enough for everyone,” says Findley. “If you go DIY, you’ll want a few different cheeses – a hard cheese, a soft cheese, and a blue cheese. Olives are essential, along with a selection of cold cuts, fries, crackers and dips. Then some kind of fruit – strawberries are always a good option. “

Don’t want to bother making your own lavish spread? If you’re planning a luxury picnic for a large group, Findley recommends local company Goodness Gracious Sydney for all of your prefabricated tray needs.

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Ultra Violet


While embracing the great outdoors, it’s still important to slide, slop, and slap. For Findley, sunscreen is a non-negotiable item. “The Sydney sun can be harsh, so sun protection is a must. Pack face and body sunscreen and a hat (and maybe a few extras in case picnic guests forget the their).” Her protection choices are Ultra Violet sunscreen and a chic sun hat from Jac Cedeaux.

Because we are still in the midst of a pandemic, other protections are also essential. “These days I usually put a few spare disposable masks in my kit, and hand sanitizer is essential for good hygiene and sticky hands,” Findley tells us.

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“First of all, background music is always nice. Bring a portable speaker and let everyone add their songs to a Spotify playlist – one friend of mine loves Phil Collins, the other loves the soft house, ”says Findley. “This means that you get some variety on the day.

With the right mood, you’ll want to keep the party going. One way to do this is by using picnic sets, which Findley recommends Planet Finska for. “At the Picnic Club, we like pétanque, giant Jenga, Finska, puck and rotating croquet.” For small gatherings, she believes you can’t get past a classic: “Uno is a good time of nostalgic fun.”

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Eco Bee Studio, Rebecca Blackman


So the sun goes down and it’s time to tidy up, but there’s a bunch of leftovers left. Over-restoration is not uncommon – as Findley says: “you don’t want to miss [of food]. “His solution is both eco-friendly and efficient when it comes to filling your basket after a day in the sun. Bring some beeswax wrappers – Findley suggests those from Eco Bee Studio – instead of take-out containers. After all, as Findley wisely says, “Good cheese should never be wasted.

And that’s it guys. Add Karina Findley’s picnic essentials to your booty for your next outing to the park with friends – we’re sure it’ll be an upgrade to sit on wet, itchy grass and have to sit back and forth. content with a single packet of crisps.

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Rosie Spritz is an ideal spring sip and is available at BWS, Dan Murphy’s, and First Choice Liquor stores in Sydney. For more picnic inspiration, check out our guides to the idyllic picnic spots where you can drink BYO in Sydney’s Midwest, Downtown, Lower North Shore, Suburbs east and north beaches.

Top image (in order): Brooke Zotti and The Picnic Club

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Posted on 01 October 2021 by

John agnew

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