What’s not to love about getting into the great outdoors with the kids, the family dog and a perfectly packed picnic basket? We’ve already let you in on the best picnic spots in Singapore, but now we’re talking picnic-friendly food, beautiful baskets and handy hampers. Before you head out to every supermarket on the Little Red Dot to track down olives, manchego cheese and colourful melamine cups and plates, we’ve come to your al fresco dining rescue with everything you need for a fun family picnic…
Dean & DeLuca
If it’s a gourmet picnic feast you are after, rather than a cheese sandwich and a bag of chips, then head to one of the Dean & DeLuca cafes to pick up culinary delights such as Migos Pajaerero Figs ($9), Betsey’s Cheddar Cheese Straws ($6), pork pistachio pate ($12.75), or maybe some Dean & Deluca caramel and chipotle popcorn ($2.75). Short of time? Don’t worry about wasting hours browsing: pick up a ready-to-go hamper filled with top-notch goodies! We love the American Picnic hamper which comes filled to the brim with sweet and savoury treats for $128.
Dean & DeLuca, 4 Hillview Rise, #01-01 667979, Singapore 669554, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, #01-09/10, Singapore 238896 and 47 Pekin Street, #01-01, 048733; www.deandeluca.com/singapore
Whether you live in a HDB, a landed house or a condo (or something else entirely!), chances are that storage space is limited at home, and not many of us have room for keeping picnic hampers and the paraphernalia that goes with them. Which is why we did a little jig when we found out about Picneeds! These guys will rock up to your picnic destination with a hamper packed exactly to your requirements and set the whole thing up for you. No theme or idea is too big: you want McDonalds delivered on posh plates? Done! Picneeds is way more than just a picnic packer. We are talking your very own personal food shopper AND events planner all rolled into one! The deal sealer? They take it all away again after you’ve finished!
Picneeds, p. 9186 5436; www.facebook.com/picneeds
If you are heading to Singapore Botanic Gardens with the family pooch in tow, and feel the urge to have a picnic-style lunch, then check out Casa Verde’s super-handy picnic boxes which cost from just $30 for two! A standard set will include two pizzas (six inches each), six chicken nuggets, a box of fruit, two bottles of water, two cans of soft drink, floor sheet, utensils and of course the basket!
Casa Verde, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, 259569, p. 64677326; www.casaverde.com.sg
We are huge fans of all things Oh Deli (it can certainly lay claim to the nicest delivery guy in Singapore!), so if you are looking for top-quality food for your picnic hamper then look no further! Oh Deli is a one-stop shop for every feast you can think of for your foodie day out (we are talking homemade breads, splendid stinky cheese, fresh smoked salmon and even artisanal Scottish spirits), so either pop by their East Coast store, or take advantage of their home delivery service. Can’t decide what to pop in that picnic? Leave it to them! These guys can arrange the whole hamper (basket included) from $125-$250.
Oh Deli, 421 East Coast Road, Singapore 429008, p. 6440 4409; www.ohdeli.com.sg
First things first: you need some fun picnic ware! And whilst paper plates always seem like a good, easy idea, in reality they usually turn into a soggy mess, plastic cups and cutlery are wasteful and totes against our goal to be as environmentally friendly as possible! We say invest in some perennially pretty plates that you can use for picnics and BBQs forevermore. Enter Children’s Showcase: think rainbow coloured plates and cups made in durable melamine by Rice, whimsical storage pots and flasks by Sass & Belle, and gorgeous themed party accessories by Tabletalk. Picnic settings just got perfect.
Children’s Showcase, 19 Tanglin Road, 247909, p. 6735 0884; www.facebook.com/thechildrensshowcase
Heaven’s Bloom & Baskets
This is a blooming fabulous idea in the world of picnicking! Check out the Golden Magnolia picnic basket by Heaven’s Blooms & Baskets, a luxe picnic hampers for four people that includes the basket, plates and accessories for $160. Either fill with your own picnic goodies, or plump for the easy option of also ordering a food option to be included with your order: the light bite (for 1-2 people) at $80 or the big bite (for up to four people).
Heaven’s Bloom & Baskets, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.heavensbloom.com
The Shake Affinity
Custom-made picnics for special occasions are the name of the game with the Picnic Basket Package Service by The Shake Affinity. These guys will organise the whole shebang for you, with a theme of your choice and can even include a mobile cocktail bar! Contact them directly to get a non-obligation quote for your picnic plans.
The Shake Affinity, online only, p. 9626 0949; www.theshakeaffinity.com
From small and cosy to a big, bold affair, Beyond Plate will not only help you plan your dream picnic, but will set it all up for you too! It also specialises in wild ‘n’ crazy artisanal ice cream flavours so we say add a side order of masala chai ice cream to your spread!
Beyond Plate, No 3 Soon Lee Street, Pioneer Junction, Singapore 627606; www.facebook.com/platesandbeyond