Easily Plan a Picnic

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It’s never too early to start thinking of How to Plan a Picnic for the warmer days ahead. Picnics are a fun way to get outside as a family, enjoy the great outdoors, and you can easily incorporate it into your planned vacations.

Picnic food on a red checkered tablecloth

How to Plan a Picnic

I know thinking about planning a picnic can be a bit overwhelming but honestly, it’s easier than you think. With just a little bit of planning, you will realize how easy it is and you will wonder why you waited so long.

What Do You Need for a Picnic?

We have complied a list of the basic items that you will need for an outdoor meal. This is just a basic list to get your juices flowing. Feel free to add and subtract from this list as needed.

  • A picnic basket
  • Picnic blanket, quilt, or throw (this will also work as a tablecloth if you find picnic tables in a park to use)
  • Bottle opener
  • Cutting board/knife
  • Ice packs
  • Cooler
  • Thermos
  • Paper towels/wipes (to wipe down a table and to wash hands/dish towels)
  • Plates
  • Utensils
  • Glasses
  • Packets of condiments/salt and pepper
  • Bottled beverages
  • Plastic containers for leftovers (if food not in them already)
  • Ziplocs (for leftovers)
  • Trash bags
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • First aid kit
  • Mini folding picnic table/chairs (if you prefer to not be on the ground or if there aren’t any picnic tables in the park)
  • Games to play
  • A good book

What is the Perfect Picnic Food?

When you are starting to put together your menu, the great thing is that there is no right or wrong food to bring, and the menu is really quite versatile.

You can adjust the food to the occasion and to the tastes of each person who will be there.

Did you know that the #1 picnic food is potato salad?

Of course, other cool summer favorites like watermelon, cantaloupe, lemonade, pasta salad, and deviled eggs are a must!

Finger foods such as BBQ chicken legs, cheese slices, grapes, salami, cold cuts, chicken salad sandwiches, and jarcuteries are also great things to serve!

Picnic Decoration Ideas

One of the great things about an outing is that you can either have one at a state park, national park, the beach, the lake, or even in your backyard. I mean, who says you even have to leave home?

Outdoor Decor Ideas

If you have a picnic table in the backyard, all you need is a tablecloth, matching napkins, bowls, a utensil carrier, a vase with some fresh flowers from the garden, a soothing playlist, and delicious food. Planning a picnic is just that easy.

How to Have a Picnic Inside

If the weather isn’t cooperating, who says you need to cancel? Just have it inside!

  • Use a blanket or quilt and throw it on the floor.
  • Grab pillow and put them on the floor too.
  • Either use the fine china or pick up cute disposable plates.
  • Make up finger foods, charcuterie boards, and of course, dessert.
  • Set the scene with your favorite music.
  • And if you are wanting to do a romantic setting, make sure to light some candles and dim the lights.

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