Create Your Own Picnic Baskets This Christmas

Traditional English-style Picnic Basket

Traditional English-style Picnic Basket

When it comes to free and truly refreshing (albeit cold) activities this Holiday, nothing still beats the outdoors. All you have to do is head to the park or to the mountains, lay your mat or blanket down, and open up your picnic baskets.

There are still thousands who do this, and yet they don’t have time to create their own baskets. They have to rely on the ready-made ones, which are not only expensive but may not contain everything that you are going to need. Worse, they are not up to your expectations or preferences.

You can make your own picnic basket. It may sound complicated, but with all the right tools and steps, it would not be too difficult for you:

Gather the materials you need.
There are different kinds of materials you can use for your picnic baskets. However, the most common material is called wicker. This could be because it allows everything inside to be properly ventilated. It doesn’t allow the build-up of moisture, especially when you’re travelling long distances.

There are also times when you can use covers for your picnic basket, and this will depend on the theme you want to come up with. For example, if you’re planning to create romantic picnic baskets, it would be great to look for fabrics that depict sunrises, sunsets, hearts, or lovers.

Look for steps online.
There are various instructions that you can download and print from the World Wide Web. These will be your guide on how to make your picnic baskets look more appealing. Normally, though, you will need cardboards, scissors or shears, needles, sewing machine, tape measures, glue, glue gun, and perhaps some ribbons, special paper, and fabric.

Make room for your essentials.
You want to create a picnic basket that will have enough room for your picnic needs. These include your utensils, food, some beverages, and other possessions like a book or your beloved mp3 player.

It’s essential that there will be as many compartments as much as possible. You have to avoid your food from damaging your gadgets. Your beverage may accidentally loosen itself, spilling liquids to your food.

Check the grip.
Usually, picnic baskets will have handles, which make it easier for you to carry them from one place to another. Before you head on to your destination, make sure that you can check them. They should be durable enough to withhold all contents and most of all, they must be convenient to hold.

4 Tips in Choosing the Best Barbecue Grill

Choosing the Best Barbecue Grill

Barbecue grills are found in almost every American backyard. It’s easy for friends to come over and cook grilled meat & drink beer on a lazy Sunday afternoon. A BBQ grill is practically part of our lives, when it comes to socializing and bonding with the whole family.

Here are the top four tips on how to choose the best barbecue grill.

1. Decide on choosing between a gas or charcoal BBQ grill.
There are essentially two main types of barbecue grills: charcoal barbecue grills and gas barbecue grills. A charcoal barbecue grill is preferred by people who want to have more flavors in their food. This is because charcoal barbecue grills allow you to have more flexibility in terms of how hot you want the fire to be, or if you want to add wood chips for added flavor.

Gas barbecue grills, on the other hand, are known for their convenience. One can easily start a barbecue with just a flick of a switch. You could also maintain the heat quite easily and over a long period of time. Gas barbecue grills are also much easier to clean than charcoal grill.

2. Do you need to carry it around?
Opt for a portable barbecue grill if you plan to do a lot of picnics and barbecuing in places other than your home. You should choose a charcoal BBQ grill because it tends to be smaller and more portable.

3. Choose the material of your barbecue grill.
Most of the barbecue grills available nowadays are made of metal or steel. This allows for a lightweight BBQ grill that is easy to store. However, these grills are prone to rust, so make sure that they are sturdily built. Welded barbecue grills are also less prone to dust. Make sure that when you buy a steel barbecue grill, its parts should fit easily together.

If you’re a serious barbecue enthusiast, you should opt for a traditional brick grill. These grills tend to last longer than steel barbecue grills, but they are not light and portable.

4. Consider the warranty period.
The quality of your barbecue grill might be ascertained by the length of warranty the manufacturer gives you. If they trust the quality of their own barbecue grills, they will be willing to cover the product’s warranty  for a long period of time. To be sure, purchase a charcoal barbecue grill that has a five-year warranty behind it, while a gas BBQ grill should have at least a ten-year guarantee.