Planning and hosting a picnic for family and friends is a great way to bring everyone together for outdoor food and fun. All you need is a little planning, packing and sunshine to create a day of memories.
To get started, choose a location that offers something or everyone. A picnic is a wonderful adventure for children, make sure there is a park or recreational area nearby for them to run and play. Also, remember to have a shaded area available as a place to retreat from the high noon sun.
Choose a menu that is easy to make, easy to pack and easy to clean up. Sandwiches are usually on everyones picnic menu, but with a little planning you can jazz them up to create a sandwich that is a bit more than peanut butter and jelly. Try one of these recipes. Click on the image or recipe name for the complete recipe.
Packing the sandwiches and other food items is an important step in preparing for your picnic. Sandwiches will travel best in small plastic containers or individually placed into plastic bags before being packed into a basket for travel.
Side dishes such as potato salad or cole slaw should also be placed into plastic containers with tight fitting covers to eliminate any spilling during travel. Below are a few suggestions for side dishes to serve to your picnicing guests. Click on the image or recipe name for complete recipe.
There are several options when it comes to packing for a picnic. The obvious is a picnic basket, but other items can be used as well. Consider a strong canvas tote, or even a box with handles. Any item that is sturdy will work fine for transporting your food. There are many different types of baskets on the market to serve many different picnicing needs:
Whichever you choose, there is an art to packing it correctly. Below is an illustrated example of how to pack the perfect picnic basket.
Extra items that you might want to consider bringing along: