Summertime is Picnic Season!
Who doesn't love a fabulous picnic! It's a great way to spend time with friends and a reason to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors.
What is a picnic? As if you didn't know, a picnic is just a portable party in the park, the backyard, the country-side, camp-grounds or on the beach with a basket of tasty delights, cold thirst quenchers and a lil' something sweet.
What’s not to love about dining al fresco? Whether your outing is for two or 20, we have rustled up a few tips to get you started. So check your calendar and start planning a picnic with style!
STEP 1 - Choose a location
The park is the most common place for a picnic. Try and schedule your picnic when there is something going on like a concert in the park or theater under the stars. Make sure your location has the amenities you need to accommodate your picnickers, such as, where are the restroom facilities located, and how far is it to the picnic area from the car. These are just a few things to keep in mind when planning.
STEP 3 - Create Menu
For dining in a dash, choose a menu that does not require heat, keep your menu cold or room temperature and fresh.
Try to avoid foods with mayonnaise. Pasta salads with veggies, chicken or shrimp with a savory creamy dressing or a vinaigrette are great choices. These can be made ahead of time. Fruit salads are refreshing and a great palate cleanser.
STEP 4 - Shop & Prep
Create a checklist of everything you will need to create the perfect picnic experience. Fresh food is always a winner. Seek fun ways to serve your menu, for instance use clear cups with lids for serving individual salads. Use wax or parchment paper for wrapping sandwiches tied with bakers twine. Make watermelon pops by by slicing melon into triangle and insert Popsicle stick. Voila! Dining with style!
STEP 5 - Dinnerware
Service with style and flare. Consider using plastic, colorful dinnerware instead of boring old paper plates. It is also an eco-friendly way to cut down on waste and they are reusable. Make sure you pack something to contain your dirty dishes. Choose dinnerware according to your menu.
STEP 6 - The Other Stuff
Bring extra zipper bags, foil or take-out boxes for leftovers for guest to take and enjoy later. Baby wipes are an easy way to keep hands clean and it's compact. Don't forget the garbage bags to keep trash under control and the picnic area clean. Remember to take insect repellent, hand sanitizer and salt & pepper condiments, whatever you need to make your picnic experience a hassle free experience.
STEP 7 - Enjoy!
Find a great spot on the grass to set-up your picnic and enjoy the concert!