Spring is the perfect season for picnics and outdoor gatherings. As the weather warms up, you can put away your devices and enjoy the company of friends and family in the fresh air. Plan a perfect picnic with these helpful tips.
- Keep It Simple
Sometimes, picnic spots are isolated and require a long walk to reach them. Be sure that all your picnic foods are easy to transport and not too heavy to carry. To make it even easier, choose paper plates and disposable cutlery.
- Make It Interesting
You want things to be fairly simple, but not boring. Opt for fun finger foods as they are easier to eat. For example, instead of a salad, stuff pita bread with salad and cheese. Not only is it easy to eat, but it will take up less space in your picnic basket.
- Leave At Home
You want to avoid bringing ice cream, sticky puddings, and cakes as they are fragile to transport and they will likely attract various insects.
- Do It Well
While you are keeping it simple, you want to be sure make them well. Be easy on yourself and check out your neighborhood deli or farmers market for great ingredients and snacks and add a few homemade specialties.
- Skip The Courses
The fun part of a picnic is its relaxed nature. You can spread the food out on your blanket and graze all day – no need for multiple courses.
- Plan Carefully
Planning is key when it comes to picnics. A proper head count will allow you to pack the right amount of food so you don’t have to carry too much back, if at all.
- Keep It Cool
Food safety is crucial at picnics. Use coolers or cool bags and icepacks to keep food at the right temperature. Freeze small water bottles or juice before you go and then toss them in your bag or cooler. They can keep your food cool during transport and become refreshing chilled drinks once you arrive.
Remember to bring sun block, sunglasses and anything else you may need to protect yourself from the sun, as well as bug spray just in case. Also, extra napkins or hand wipes are always a good idea. And don’t forget extra bags to pack up your trash to take home.
For an easy picnic, pick up some sandwiches, salads, and baked goods at the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli and enjoy it at the park! You can visit us weekdays from 7:00am-4:00pm and Saturdays from 8:00am-4:30pm. Or you can have our food delivered via DoorDash or UberEATS.