One of the best things about summer is eating outside and having picnics with friends and family. Opportunities come up all the time with outdoor concerts, ballgames, lazy summer days at the beach, and fireworks with friends. A picnic sounds so easy – toss some food and paper goods into a basket and go enjoy – rarely does it turn out so simple. But with a little planning, preparation and clever packing you’ll find a routine that makes it so easy and stress free that you’ll want to eat alfresco as often as you can.
Finding the Ultimate Picnic Basket for You
We all love accessories to match our personalities and lifestyles, right? So, one of your first considerations is to pick out the right picnic basket to suit you and the feel you want to create for your picnic. Picnic baskets are no longer limited to wicker! Will you be:
- Packing for 2, 4 or more?
- Driving, pedalling or walking to the venue?
- Enjoying a romantic date night?
- Going to a concert with a group of friends?
- Having a picnic lunch in the park or at a nearby lake?
- Setting yourselves up on the beach for the whole day?
- Having a themed kids party?
You might end up with a variety of picnic setups for various types of occasions, but you will find one that you love for those quick last minute get togethers with family or friends. The new backpack format is the simple and easy option for most day-to-day outings with the kids! Luckily most new picnic baskets, even as a backpack, come complete with dishes, wine glasses, metal utensils, napkins, cutting boards, serrated knife, corkscrew and small salt and pepper shakers.
Picking Picnic Food that Helps to Create Memories
We all have our favorite summer foods. And we all know anything that can be served cold or at room temperature has good potential for packing away and taking with us on our summer adventures. But instead of the usual watermelon or potato salads, let’s take a look at some quick and delicious picnic recipes that will give our food a colorful spin and keep us energized throughout the day.
The Best Cold Appetizers for Picnics
Yummy Picnic Salad Ideas
Picnic Finger Food Ideas Without the Mess
Some Healthy Picnic Food!
Easy Picnic Desserts
Refreshing Summer Drinks
Our Top 8 Picnic Tips
There are so many things to remember when planning a picnic and it’s often the smallest of details that really help the day to go successfully. Here are our top tips to create a really wonderful day:
- Consider a theme or a centerpiece – a bell jar with wildflowers or a lantern. If driving you could take pillows and arrange crates to make the space comfy and beautiful.
- You might like hot and spicy food at home, but it will create thirst. You may not be near a water supply or close to rest rooms so it’s often better to turn the heat down whilst eating alfresco away from home.
- Pack in reverse order of your meal so dessert goes in on the bottom. The foods you want first, go in on top.
- We all know that heat rises and cold sinks, so it makes sense to have the ice packs on top. Instead of ice packs, freeze or use freezable water sport bottles. It gives you the extra water supply, and don’t fill to the top. You can also purchase cooler sleeves to fit around cans or wine bottles.
- Take along wet naps or paper towels, a garbage bag, small cutting boards, extra zip lock bags for leftovers, bag clips, extra utensils and toothpicks.
- Put small bottles of ketchup, mustard and mayo in your picnic basket.
- You might bring along a separate cooler to store your drinks. Pack a corkscrew, extra cups, napkins and plates.
- And finally you would not believe how often this one is forgotten! Make sure to pack a thick picnic blanket, outdoor blanket or waterproof blanket in the event the ground could be damp.
Have an amazing summer and enjoy the outdoors as much as you can. I hope you have the opportunity for many picnics with great food and company. What are your top tips and favorite foods for making your picnic a truly memorable event?