Hints for hosts
Location, location, location
- Choose somewhere that's going to be big enough for the number of people you think will attend, somewhere that's easy everyone to find.
- Pick a location that's suitable for a picnic; the local park, someone's garden or a grassy space owned by any clubs or societies you're a member of are good starting points.
- Rugs: ask people to bring along something to sit on. Even on a summer's day the grass can be damp with dew.
- Crockery: most supermarkets sell paper plates, cups and cutlery which are easily disposable at the end of the day.
- Barbecues: make the most of a summer's evening by hosting a barbecue for friends and family as a Poppy Picnic. They're a great way to get groups of people together and have some fun. Just remember to ensure that everything is cooked through properly!
- Napkins: this one's a no-brainer really!
- Suntan cream and a hat: it is important to make sure you are protected from teh sun. If it has its hat on, you need to too.
- An umbrella: the great British summer is famously changeable. so unless you're postive it's going to be a bright sunny day with not a cloud in the sky, you might want to bring along an umbrella, or choose somewhere people can shelter under a tree or gazebo in case of sudden showers. And it can always double as a sunshade if the weather is perfect!
Food and drink
Try giving each guest an item/type of food to bring along. Make sure there's plenty of liquid refreshment too, especially if you are going to play games!
Our favourite sandwich fillings:
- Cheese and pickle
- Coronation chicken
- Egg mayo and cress
- Marmite and cheese
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Banana and nutella
- Chicken and stuffing
- Beef and horseradish
- Prawn mayonnaise
- Fish fingers
People might want to bring along boules, kites, swingball and a football for the younger ones. And you could have a few other game ideas up your sleeve too, like the ones listed below. Just look them up on teh internet if you aren't sure of the rules!
- Bat and Ball
- Hide and seek
- Sleeping lionis
- Cartwheel competition
Remember to have fun! Just because you're organising the picnic doesn't mean you should spend the whole time worrying about everyone else or handing around food. Poppy Picnics are meant to be easy to organise, so once the big day arrives just relax and enjoy time with friends and family!
Asking people for money can be tricky which is why your picnic pack includes a collection box. But don't be afraid to rattle it or remind people if needs be – after all that's the point of a Poppy Picnic; to raise desperately needed funds to support our nation's brave ex-Service men and women.
We'd love you to stay part of our Poppy Picnics year on year, so make a note of anything you'd want to do differently next time, and ask people who come along if they think they might like to be involved again next year.