Planning The Perfect Picnic

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Picnics and summertime go hand-in-hand — whether it's a concert on the grass, Shakespeare under the stars, fireworks in the park, a long hike in the mountains, a stroll along the beach, or just a beautiful summer weekend at a neighborhood park — a picnic is always a good idea.

A picnic can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. Spur-of-the-moment sandwiches on the lawn are as enjoyable as a well-planned feast! The ideal picnic is nothing more than choosing a great location, inviting a good group of people, bringing something to sit on, and packing some delicious food and drinks.

A woman and three girls read a book in the yard while lounging on a duvet with throw pillows and blankets

If you are going the simple route, grab a blanket and pack some easy-to-eat finger foods. Cheese, cured meats and bread are delicious and easy to transport! Throw in a bottle opener and a nice bottle of wine, and you have a perfect summer afternoon.

If you are planning something larger or more elaborate, approach the planning much as you would plan a small party. Start with the essential picnic supplies: a blanket, picnic basket, cooler, bottle opener, portable speaker, tablewear and napkins. Don't forget a large tablecloth to use as your "table." Choose dishes that travel well, can be made mostly in advance and are served at room temperature. Cold sandwiches, chilled salads and icy beverages really hit the spot on warm days! To ensure these items stay cool (and safe to eat) remember to keep them in ice.

It's always a nice touch to bring along a frisbee, football, or bocce ball for some outdoor fun. If kids will be joining you, try to pick a park with a playground nearby.

In the end, the best thing about a picnic is the togetherness. What’s not to love about sitting out in nature and enjoying some company and delicious food?!

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