This summer, we’re all about picnics. But before you hit the beach, park, forest, or backyard, consider this your guide to the best picnic season ever.
What You’ll Need:
- A picnic basket, tote, or cooler
- A picnic blanket
- Plates, cups, utensils, and napkins
- Cutting board and knife (especially if you’re preparing food at your picnic!)
- Ice packs or a thermos
- Trash bags
- Decorative items such as candles (if allowed), flowers, a backdrop, etc.
- A small table (optional)
Opt for Enamel
Although enamel dishes require more attention than paper, they won’t get soggy, hold more food, and are lightweight and easy to pack. And the best part? They’re better for the environment.
Scope Out Your Spot
Find the perfect spot for your picnic by scouting an area with plenty of sun and shade. If you have a large group or little ones, ensure there’s space for everyone.
Plan an Activity
Never picnic without an activity. It doesn’t matter how much you like the people you’re picnicking with, the conversation is bound to fizzle. Provide your guests with entertainment options like board games, beach toys, bubbles, art supplies, etc.
Finger Foods are King
As you create your menu and prepare food, prioritize easy-to-eat foods that don’t require utensils or have built-in handles, like kabobs or corn on the cob. These foods are easy to eat and don’t make a mess, so it’s a win-win. Desserts in jars are easy-to-eat, mess-free treats.
Keep ’Em Cool
You can’t go wrong with cold sides at a picnic. Think: potato salad, pasta salad, chopped greens, salsa, ceviche, fresh fruits and veggies, and more. Need to keep them cold for long periods of time? Try this chilled acrylic tray!
Keep Bugs at Bay
Nothing ruins a picnic faster than a swarm of bugs! Pack bug spray, citronella candles (if allowed), and fly traps and ensure all your dishes have a lid or cover. Ever tried this fly repellent machine to keep the flies away? They work!
Make It Cozy
Throw pillows are perfect for extra comfort. No one should leave a picnic with a sore back or stiff neck!
Don’t forget to clean up your area. We must keep our parks, beaches, forests, and backyards clean. Plus, critters tend to come where food has been, and we’d hate for them to get something they shouldn’t.