How To Prep A Picnic In Your Backyard In Malaysia
How lovely it would be to have a picnic by the sea, or even in a beautiful jardin outside the country. But while we dream of idyllic landscapes and stretches of field, we've also come to realise that perhaps a picnic in our very own gardens could be just as fun—if not more. There's the convenience of location, and the ability to take all the time in the world to enjoy a leisurely nap in our own backyards. Below are a few tips on how to have the best time at home since travel is still off the tables.
1/6 Curate food and drinks that you'd enjoy
It's pertinent to have the right food and drinks for a picnic, even if it is just for a casual set-up at home. Treat yourself to lovely finger foods—like a charcuterie board or caviar on blinis—and a nice bottle of wine (or a cocktail kit). Those who prefer a heavier meal can also opt for take-out or baked goods from KL's plethora of home bakers. As long as you're looking forward to the food, your picnic is already a sure success.
2/6 Dress up or dress down, it's up to you!
Dressing up is a fun way to give yourself a sense of normalcy amidst the chaos of Covid-19. If you can, why not buy a whole new outfit to treat yourself? The same outfit can be reworn for many upcoming parties after quarantine.
On the other hand, those who prefer to dress down should not feel pressured to get dolled up. Have a picnic in your favourite pyjamas—it's one less thing to worry about.
3/6 Photograph the memory of your picnic
It's the digital age, after all, so indulge in a quick photoshoot if you'd like. Surround yourself with plants and props, focus on documenting your food and drinks, or simply capture the essence of the lovely day ahead. Your pictures will provide something happy to look back on during gloomier days.
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4/6 Choose your company well
The two main factors for a successful picnic are good food and fun company. Surround yourself with family or friends, whoever those may be. Your companion could even your pet! Make the best out of your lovely setup to really bond and have fun.
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5/6 Alternatively, enjoy 'me time'
If you live alone or prefer some quality time with your thoughts, spend your picnic doing something you've long wanted to do! Enjoy a creative pursuit like writing, reading, painting or crocheting. Whatever hobby you picked up in quarantine will feel refreshingly different outside amidst the fresh air.
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6/6 Choose the right time
Because it's the wet season, the rain can be quite aggressive during certain hours, so check the weather channel beforehand. Also have a rain date or a backup plan.
Daily Sparks, a Malaysian company specialising in picnic rentals, gave us the idea to park our picnic in the back of a car, so you're guaranteed a 'rooftop' in the worst case scenario.
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