Picnic, Anyone?

Easy Picnicking In Melbourne...

This summer, I've been in love with picnicking in Melbourne.  Friends, food and fun in the sun; it's one of life's simple pleasures to lounge around for the afternoon on a highly unfashionable plaid picnic blanket.

They can take a bit of organising though, so after a particularly full on week with energy at an all time low, myself and a friend enjoyed a picnic prepared by someone else.  Melbourne independent, Bird and Plane, flew to the rescue with a pre-packed ready-to-go picnic hamper; ideal for when, like us, you don't have the time or energy to DIY - or you're looking to impress *wink*   
For our boxed up hamper, Bird and Plane went to the effort of accommodating a pair of gluten haters.  Our gluten free picnic box came with Just Yummy GF Herb Focaccia, Thomas Chipman GF crisps, some Love Nuts (they're cashews btw), Milawa River Gold cheese (amaze), the tastiest strawbs I've had in a long time, delicious vanilla bean fudge and some eco friendly plastic cutlery, disposable plates and wine cups.  

For $40 with delivery (in and around the CBD) we felt it was pretty good value for money.  For everyone else who doesn't have a problem with wheat, you might like The Baguette Bird, with drool worthy baguettes from Melbourne institution, Earl Canteen.

If you are looking at a picnic for romantic purposes, I think this is a nice idea.  Everyone's in a good mood, your date can protect you from AWOL footballs and a prepared hamper means the only thing you need to worry about is looking good (and not losing your keys in the park). 

For Valentine's Day, Bird and Plane have got The Valentine Bird which you can pre-order online.  You'll also find them at this year's Harvest Picnic at Hanging Rock on the 24th of February - get a pre-order discount on their Bird and Reyne Picnic Hamper then just pick it up at Harvest on the day; easy. 

As far as location goes, we have some beautiful picnic spots in Melbourne.  Only Melbourne have listed a few of them here but my personal fave is Carlton Gardens; it's close and convenient for city dwellers and I love how relaxed the park makes me feel.  Throw in a game of pink scrabble and a bottle of champs and LMM is in picnic heaven. xoxo
 Picnic lovers, share your favourite spot in Melbourne.