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Expecting good weather this weekend? Sounds like it’s time for a picnic. Pack a basket with your favourite treats and head outside. Sunshine and your friends are waiting, you’ll be picnic ready in no time…

No picnic is complete without a bunch of your friends. Keep things interesting by asking each person to bring someone in their wider friendship group so there are new faces to get to know. The more the merrier, right? It could be anybody – a work colleague, a neighbour, someone from spin class. The idea is to enjoy the great outdoors with your buddies and make new ones while you’re at it. Who knows what might happen?

A mix of drinks and snacks is fundamental to a good picnic, and for this you need to be organised. To avoid repeats, ask each person to bring something particular – crisps, sandwiches, salads, or desserts. Do the same for drinks – soft drinks, water, beer, prosecco and, of course, Lipton Ice Tea. In fact, we recommend preparing a giant pitcher of Lipton Ice Tea with fresh lemon and mint sprigs. You can find lots of delicious mocktail recipes here. Don’t forget to bring ice.

You know the drill. Frisbees, kites, footballs – they're all tools to work up an appetite and keep everyone entertained from the sidelines. Games also go down well. Something lively like charades works a treat and helps to break the ice between people who don’t know each other yet. Playing cards, Scrabble, crosswords done in small groups – it’s all good stuff. You could even turn your picnic into a book club or poetry group. Inspiring and yummy, what’s not to like?

One thing is certain, puppies and picnics are made for each other. Bring Buster along and let him run wild – it will up the happy factor of your picnic by 1000%. Teach him a trick or two and let him charm your new friends with all of his adorable fluffy antics. Feel-good vibes guaranteed.

You know, there are no rules about when or why picnics happen. What about a brunch picnic at 10am? Struggling for ideas for your best friend’s hen party? Hello! Get that bride-to-be sash out and head to the park with a blanket and lots of bubbly. Or, if you’re a slow starter, gather in the park in the early evening to watch the sun go down while sipping Lipton Ice Tea mocktails. So many picnic possibilities, so little time.

It’s happened to all of us. The sunny picnic conditions you were promised have not materialised. Or maybe your gathering was planned for ages so you decided to take a risk with a cloudy forecast. Whatever the case may be, occasionally the weather is not on your side. Have a plan B. The last thing you want is 15 pals standing in rainy drizzle without knowing what’s next. Suss out the closest cafe or watering hole beforehand and the quickest way to get there if the heavens open.