One of my favourite parts of summer is being able to eat alfresco. Just pack yourself up lots of tasty goodies and head off to some open space and take in the beautiful weather whilst having your own outdoor feast. Another reason why I love picnicing so much is the fact that there is no washing up and clearing the floor of all the mess the children have created. Last year we probably had a picnic two or three times a week and towards the end of the summer I had got really bored of the usual sandwich, crisps and a biscuit combo. So with our first festival planned I decided to make a bit more effort and start the picnicing season with something a little special. My sister had a traditional hamper that I borrowed and I popped into my local Tiger store and picked up some fantastic picnic ware. I had a bit of a green and blue theme going on with a new blanket for £7, some very pretty paper plates and snack trays for £2 a packet and my favourite item were some fab jam jars with straws for a bargain of £2 each. The kids absolutely loved them! Now was time to get the food ready. Having to cater for seven people I wanted things that were quick, easy, transportable but most of all tasty. First up were your traditional rolls. I made salmon and cucumber and grated mozerella with onion chutney. Instead of them sweating in a sandwich bag I wrapped them in brown paper and tied them with string. Number three loves to get involved so I let her prepare some skewers that she placed alternate ham, mozerella balls, olives and sundried tomatoes on. So easy but taste lovely. I make some chicken skewers that a simply marinated in some jerk seasoning with a little oil and then grilled for around 15 mins turning occasionally. Number three also prepared a tasty summer fruit salad of chopped strawberries, grapes, blueberries and raspberries. This was then drizzled with the juice of one lime and a squeeze of honey plus a few mint leaves. My favourite part is the naughty sweet part!! I found a fantastic idea on Instagram that capturebylucy had posted. She took a Barney bear that can be bought at any supermarket and just inserted a lolly stick into the bottom. Number five thought they were great. So that number four was not left out due to his allergies I made some super easy Rice Krispie lolly pops. That I had adapted off of a recipe on the packet I had seen a while ago. Finally our favourite on the house is a Malteser cake that I have been making for years; but we only had that a couple of weeks ago so I found a bit of a twist on what I normally make on Bake.Play.Smile. Here I found the biscuity base of this Malteser traybake similar but they had added a layer of white chocolate with whole Maltesers to decorate. To finish off the basket we added a couple of bottles of fizzy, flavoured water and some vegetable crisps and headed off to enjoy our feast while taking on the festival atmosphere. It was a hit all round.