If you're looking for a fun and easy way to spend time with your family, a picnic is always a good option! Picnics can be enjoyed almost anywhere - in your backyard, park, or even on the beach. But before you head out, make sure to follow our top ten tips for having a fabulous picnic!
1. Plan Your Picnic
Planning your picnic is a good idea because it will help you know what food to bring and how much. Making a picnic checklist (1) of everything you need for your picnic is essential.
This will help you make sure you don't forget anything important, like napkins or utensils. It's also helpful to delegate tasks to family members so that everyone has a role in the picnic preparations.
Planning also helps you determine the best location for your picnic, and don't forget to have a plan B in case the weather is not cooperating.
2. Pick the Right Spot for Your Picnic
A picnic is only as good as its location. The ambiance is a significant part of a successful picnic, so you should look for a scenic spot out of the way of foot traffic.
Also, make sure to choose a comfortable spot. You will want to sit on a blanket or chair, so find a location with level ground.
Many parks include swing sets and slides. Setting up your picnic near a play area will keep the little ones out of your way while preparing and setting up the picnic.
If the car is not close to the picnic area carrying all your stuff from the vehicle can be challenging. We recommend buying a foldable wagon or cart. This will make moving your stuff much more manageable.
3. Make Your Picnic Interesting
Put a little style into your picnic and choose a color pallet or theme. Pinterest and Instagram are great places to look for inspiration for designing a luxury picnic.
A few simple adds like fresh cut flowers in vases, throw pillows with a matching table cloth, and cloth napkins can help elevate your picnic setting.
Here’s a complete guide on how you can create the perfect boho picnic. Having a stylish picnic will also make your family picnic photos stand out.
4. Beware of Bugs
No one wants to be eaten alive by mosquitoes while trying to enjoy a family picnic. So make sure to bring along some insect repellent.
You might also want to bring along some citronella candles to help keep the bugs away.
Ants can be a big problem too.
So make sure to keep all of your food sealed up tightly. You might even want to put it in a cooler to be extra safe.
5. Use Mason Jars for Your Food
Mason jars are great for decoration, but they also keep your food fresh. Pack salads, fruits,
and other snacks in mason jars and screw on the lid tightly. These will help to keep the bugs out of your food as well.
Try to pack foods that won't spoil easily in the heat, like fruits and vegetables, crackers, and cheese. Don't forget the dessert! A picnic wouldn't be complete without some yummy cookies or cake.
Make sure to bring enough snacks and drinks for everyone in your family. It's always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to food because no one wants to be hungry during a picnic.
6. Pack a First-Aid Kit
You never know when someone might get a small cut or scrape. So it's always a good idea to have a first-aid kit on hand, just in case.
Setting up your picnic where there are no rocks and tree roots is a good idea to prevent people from tripping and hurting themselves.
7. Wind Deterrents
At any moment, the wind can kick up and potentially ruin your picnic. Be prepared by bringing along some weights to keep your blanket and other items in place.
Empty grocery bags can be filled with some sand to make sandbags, and clothespins are a great way to fasten your tablecloth to your picnic table if the table has a thin edge.
8. Pack Everything Up Before It Gets Dark
You don't want to be stuck packing up in the dark. Make sure to pack everything up before it gets too late.
This includes all trash, food, and any belongings you brought. It's also a good idea to check the area for any waste you may have missed or lost items after you have packed up your picnic.
9. Keep Everyone Entertained
No picnic is complete without some fun and games! Bring along a frisbee or ball to play catch.
Board games can be fun, too, as long as there is no wind. If you have small children, bring along some toys or coloring books.
10. Check the Weather Forecast
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you'll want to check the weather forecast before heading out on your picnic.
There's nothing worse than being caught in a sudden rainstorm or having your food ruined by extreme heat.
According to the USDA website:
“If the temperature is above 90°F, food should not be left out more than 1 hour. (2)”
The most important thing to remember is to have fun! Picnics are supposed to be enjoyable for the whole family. So relax, kick back, and enjoy your time together.
These are just a few tips to ensure your next picnic is fabulous! With a bit of planning, you and your family can have a great time outdoors, enjoying the beautiful weather.
Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below what your tips are for a fabulous family picnic. We'd love to hear from you!
Picnic checklist - https://anationofmoms.com/2019/08/picnic-checklist.html
USDA website - https://www.fsis.usda.gov/food-safety/safe-food-handling-and-preparation/food-safety-basics/how-temperatures-affect-food