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First things first - pack Manns Cookies. This goes without saying.

With our OPERA IN THE GARDEN charity event in aid of Força - strength against cancer on 29th June at Manns Cookies HQ, we thought we would give you some tips on how to pack the perfect picnic for any event.

Whether you are heading to the forest, or an evening boating or seaside - this list is sure to help you!

Here's a list of classic picnic items that can help you create a delightful outdoor dining experience:

  1. Blanket or Picnic Mat: Choose a comfortable and large blanket or picnic mat to spread out and sit on.

  2. Picnic Basket or Cooler: Use a traditional picnic basket or a cooler bag to carry and store your food and drinks.

  3. Sandwiches and Wraps: Prepare an assortment of delicious sandwiches and wraps with various fillings like ham, turkey, chicken, veggies, or cheese. Opt for condiments on the side to prevent sogginess.

  4. Fresh Fruits: Pack a selection of refreshing fruits such as strawberries, grapes, watermelon, or sliced melons. They provide a light and healthy option for snacking.

  5. Salads: Prepare flavorful salads such as pasta salad, potato salad, or a refreshing green salad. Ensure to pack dressings separately.

  6. Snacks and Finger Foods: Include some finger-friendly snacks like chips, pretzels, veggie sticks, or hummus for easy munching.

  7. Beverages: Don't forget to pack a range of beverages, such as bottled water, soda, iced tea, or lemonade. If you prefer adult beverages, consider wine, beer, or premixed cocktails.

  8. Desserts: Indulge your sweet tooth with treats like cookies, brownies, fruit tarts, or cupcakes. Freshly baked goods or portable desserts work well.

  9. Utensils and Plates: Pack disposable or reusable plates, cups, utensils, and napkins. Don't forget a corkscrew or bottle opener if needed.

  10. Bin Bags: Bring extra trash bags to ensure you leave the picnic area clean and tidy.

  11. Sunscreen and Bug Repellent: Protect yourself from the sun's rays with sunscreen, and keep bugs away with insect repellent or citronella candles.

We have teamed up with locally sourced food vans & a 99 ice cream van. Take a look at some of the Companies we are working with to give you a great evening: -

10% of all food and drink orders are going to the Charity.

We will leave you to research them and have a look at the great options they'll be bringing.

Best Cookie Wishes,


We are down to the last few tickets, so don't miss out and the link to the poster is below: -

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