One of our favorite ways to enjoy beautiful summer weather is with a classic picnic - there’s just something about packing up a tasty meal and taking it outside that ushers in the magic of summer.
Fourth of July is almost here, and since picnicking is a popular way to celebrate, we thought we’d share a few tips on how to plan a simple summer picnic.
If you’re picnicking with kids, streamlining is key. We are (of course) big fans of keeping things easy and organized, so it helps to do a little planning ahead of time by making a list with all your menu items, utensils, and any extras you might need.
Make your lists! Determine your menu ahead of time and do any necessary shopping and prep work before you go. You can’t go wrong with sandwiches, and these can easily be made at home or picked up from the deli of your local grocery store. Preparing as much of this as you can before you get to the picnic site will help minimize mess!
- Main - sub sandwiches with various fillings
- Sides - chopped veggies and pita chips to dip in hummus, fruit salad and/or melon slices
- Dessert - brownies and ice cream, Fourth of July cupcakes - you can adapt the colors of our Rainbow Cupcake recipe
- Don't forget your favorite drinks!
Gather all the other materials you’ll need. If you don’t have a designated picnic blanket, you can always improvise with an old sheet from your linen closet - you can use an inexpesive clear shower curtain from the dollar store underneath to help keep it dry on the ground. To store and carry food, you can use a traditional picnic baskets, but a large box or structured bag can work just as well. If you plan to have food and drinks that need to stay cold, don’t forget ice for your cooler! A cooler bag also works well if you only have a few items.
Leave anything breakable at home. Paper plates and plastic utensils are popular, but enamel camping dishes or inexpensive melamine dishes are easy to clean up and reusable for you next adventure.
Don’t forget helpful extras like paper towels, wet wipes, trash bags, and sun screen!
Bring along some fun items to enjoy together before and after your meal. Board games, a pack of cards, and a football, soccer ball, or baseball are easy options.
Keep in mind that the idea of a picnic is the act of spending time together and having fun. Don’t worry yourself out with big spreads or fancy food - focus on the time you are spending with friends and family. With just a few key strategies you can create a fun memory with very little stress. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!
sandwich image from biscuitsandsuch.com