Easter family picnic lunch at Rocks Riverside Park

“The SO’s family are terrible organisers” is a gross understatement. They took till Saturday to decide they wanted to have a family gathering on Sunday. And it wasn’t till almost 4pm that day that they decided it would be a lunch picnic (vs a breakfast picnic). And who would bring what. Cue internalised fuming – Disorganisation by organisers is one of my big pet peeves.

The SO’s sister and beau decided on the venue: Rocks Riverside Park. We had never been there before and it was quite a gorgeous picnic spot with wide open flats for ball games, frisbee matches and general sheenanigans.

However, the annoyances were: (a) the lack of parking, (b) the lack of public tables and chairs, and (c) my lack of breakfast from being too busy prepping food.

I had insisted we bring our 2 camp chairs, camping table and 2 picnic rugs. The SO had given me a ‘are you mad with this over-packing’ look when I asked that we pile the car boot with the stuff. Turned out they were all needed.

The other annoyance, which was minor but still a nagging itch, was the SO’s sister and beau brought their dog. I absolutely adore dogs and I don’t mind dogs in a park, but their dog unfortunately is too boisterous (it lunges and barks at other dogs and little kids, and is not particularly well-trained) and they forgot to bring a long chain for it. So it had to be held on a short rope lead by someone with an eye on it constantly.

Otherwise, the weather was gorgeous and the food was delicious. As with every other family gathering, there was too much food.

The SO and I were tasked with bringing some cold meats, bread rolls and salads. So I prepared a garden salad of lettuce, fresh tomatoes, thinly sliced onion and feta with a homemade salad dressing, a roasted pumpkin and chickpea spinach salad, and a potato and bacon salad.

And because no one told me not to, I also baked some hot cross buns with raisins and dates. Thankfully no one bought chocolate Easter eggs.

The SO’s family brought everything else, including an esky. There was beetroot, cheese, silverside, different sauces, cupcake and a cheesecake we didn’t get around to eating. We were definitely stuffed.

How was your Easter weekend?