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A Guide to Having the Perfect Picnic

June 7, 2013 | Apartment Lifestyle, Everyday Living

When it comes to having the perfect picnic, there are plenty of high expectations to combat: The image of the young starlet, lounging in the sunshine on blanket with a picnic basket next to her beloved (a dead-ringer for Cary Grant) is nothing short of iconic. The modern picnic, although perhaps less glamorous, is certainly more practical. To try your hand at planning the perfect 21st century picnic, test out these easy picnic ideas:

Plan the Perfect Picnic Food

The starting point to planning the perfect picnic is, not surprisingly, the food. When deciding what to bring for your outdoor meal, consider three factors: portability, shareability and ease of eating. Lugging around a ton of coolers and serving utensils on a hot day isn’t anyone’s version of fun. Although you may want to plan something fancy, sometimes going the traditional route is best. Think sandwiches, fruit and chips. For dessert? Bring cookies instead of ice cream. The fewer things you have to stuff in that cooler, the better.

Make Sure You Have the Right Supplies

You don’t want to get caught on your picnic without all the proper supplies, so make sure you have everything you need before you go. Bring plenty of paper plates, napkins, and plastic utensils or serving spoons if need be. You’ll also want to bring a cooler with ice packs to hold items that need to be kept cold. Don’t forget about the blanket either!

Choose the Perfect Picnic Spot

When you’re all packed and ready to go, the next step in planning the perfect picnic is choosing the ideal spot to set up camp. Parks and beaches can be picturesque, but you’ll want to consult with your fellow picnic-goers before deciding where to meet. If someone is uncomfortable because it’s too hot or there are too many insects, it can ruin the atmosphere for everyone. The weather will also be a big factor in choosing your picnic spot.

Have a Few Tricks Up Your Sleeve

Part of throwing the perfect picnic is being ready for anything that comes your way, so don’t leave the house without having a few tricks up your sleeve. If you think the ground may be damp, bring a tarp to place underneath your blanket. To speed up the food distribution process, think about packing everything as individual servings beforehand. And don’t forget about cleanup! Having trash bags on hand is a must for discarding any perishable food items. Sunscreen and bug spray are also handy items to have in your arsenal.


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