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 alfresco dining rescue with everything you need for a fun family picnic…
Whether you live in an 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. Step forward, 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’re 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
We are huge fans of all things Oh Deli (it can certainly lay claim to the nicest delivery guy in Singapore and one of the frothiest babyccinos!), 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’re 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 $100 and up, which includes sausage rolls, shepherd’s pie, hams, cheeses, sandwiches and even a cheeky bottle of wine or champagne – your choice. Just give them a day or two’s notice.
Oh Deli, 421 East Coast Road, Singapore 429008, p. 6440 4409; www.ohdeli.com.sg
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
For a picnic in the park with a difference head over to Chijmes and feast on a meal against the backdrop of one Singapore’s most historically rich settings. Spread out your spread on the lush lawns and feast on baskets full of goodies from Privé including salads, sandwiches, desserts and the whole picnic set-up from $40++, which includes food for two! Kids optional.
Privé Chijmes, 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996; www.chijmes.com.sg
If you’re going the DIY route, you’l need some fancy picnicware. And while paper plates always seem like a good, easy idea, in reality they usually turn into a soggy mess, whereas 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. Head over to Children’s Showcase for 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, Singapore 247909, p. 6735 0884; www.facebook.com/thechildrensshowcase