Nothing is more relaxing than a picnic with your entire family. This activity screams “summertime!”
It can be easy to plan the perfect family picnic. This article will show you how to plan, prepare and execute a delicious family picnic.
Plan your picnic
Decide where you want go first. Picnics are not just for the parks. It’s more important than you think to consider where your picnic will be held. You can enjoy some dishes in the park; however, if you plan to hike up to a mountain top to enjoy your picnic, your menu will need to be tailored.
It’s time for you to plan your menu once you have a clear idea of where you will be picnicking. Easy to prepare and easy to transport, the best picnic meals are simple:
- Pasta salads
- Cheese, crackers and meats
- Kebobs in any combination (meat, vegetable, all fruits, or whatever combination you like)
- Dips and vegetables
- Pre-cut fruit
- Trail mix, granola and similar snacks
You can make your food choices as complex or simple as you wish. It can be a joy to enjoy PB&J outside with the family.
Is there a grill at your picnic spot? Grilling at a picnic can be messy and time-consuming. Make sure to bring all the necessary tools to grill.
A perfect picnic should include everything you will need, and nothing you won’t use. This is particularly important if you are hiking to your picnic spot. You don’t want to feel weighed down. It’s not easy to pack efficiently.
To reduce waste and save space, pack food in containers that you can eat from. It is also a great idea to use fewer utensils for food.
Make sure to include the extras that make everyone feel at home. These are some items that might be worthy of a spot at your picnic.
- Ice packs are available for food that needs to stay cold
- Blanket to rest on
- Camp chairs
- Frisbee, or another game to play
- Lanterns for late-night use
- If insects are a problem, spray bug spray
- Trash bags
- Moist wipes to clean up messed-up hands
Planning is key to ensuring everyone has a good time and that they look forward to many more family picnics.