A picnic is this year’s solution for school communities. To maintain social distancing and celebrate important end of school year milestones in 2020. Uniquely, a high turnout as parents take advantage of working from home. To steal away from Zoom calls and take part in a class/bubble distanced gathering.
Indeed, the socially distanced picnic has replaced the school discos, the fairs and summer balls. Possibly the trend started with some schools sending out traditional picnic boxes to 6th form leavers. As a way of acknowledging significant events in the school calendar. Friends of Abingdon School Boat Club packaged up Henley Regatta treats to be delivered to pupil’s homes for example.
It’s not just the school, parents are taking picnic hampers to a new level. Filling their hampers with gourmet food crafted by furloughed chefs. Or tapping into local restaurant dial-a-picnic services. More elaborate food but less participants. Like an outdoor dinner party rather than a festival.
Creating distance and ambience
And it’s not just about the food. As highlighted in a recent FT article – the new trend of #tablescaping. After months of virtual social gatherings, dinner parties are back. As are stylish table settings. Equally, this extends to inspirational outdoor picnic settings too. So, check out #tablescaping and #picnicsettings on Instagram and Pinterest for some great ideas.
Sadly, one has to account for all kinds of weather. Gazebos and blankets provide a way of establishing social distance. Limiting pupils to a few buddies on a blanket or separating groups on a family by family basis under cover. Here is the latest on the UK’s best gazebos from upgardner.co.uk.
Also, remember to share your favourite picnic ideas on Classlist. Just use our share content feature.
Above all, don’t forget to share some piccies of these events. How you managed to maintain minimum distance but still instil some ambience and fun. Interesting times, that we will all be talking about in years to come.
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