How to Have the Best Summer Picnic Ever

How to Have the Best Summer Picnic Ever

It is basically summertime, and what’s a better way to enjoy the warm weather than to have a picnic with family and friends?

Picnics are a great way to get the family together for some quality time or just hang out with some good friends, of course while enjoying all the yummy food!

Many of us do not have picnics all that often, so make it the best when you do.

Here are the basic picnic essentials you will need:
  1. Basket: for carrying all of your food, blanket, and other supplies.
  2. Blanket: for lounging (if you’re not using a picnic table).
  3. Napkins: for the messy hands.
  4. Utensils: for eating the delicious salad and pie.
  5. Cups/glasses & straws: for sipping the refreshing tea and lemonade.
  6. Umbrella: for keeping the sun off the food and/or you.
  7. Speaker/radio: for entertainment.
  8. Sunscreen & bug spray: for preventing sunburn and bug bites.

To save money, you can buy many of these items at discount stores like Poundstretcher, Asda, Lidl or Aldi.

Food is really the core of picnics, so everything must be delicious. Making foods that travel well and are summer favourites can make any picnic flawless.

Here are some picnic recipes to try:
  1. Summer strawberry poppy seed salad. Make the perfect salad for summer with romaine lettuce, strawberries, blueberries, pineapples, and mandarin oranges, topped with a sweet poppy seed dressing.
  2. Fruit & dessert kabobs. Instead of setting out different treats, put different berries, brownie bits, and marshmallows on a kabob for fun and easy eating on the go.
  3. Homemade cherry pineapple lemonade. Add cherry syrup, pineapple juice, lemonade base, and water to create a refreshing drink to help you cool off.
  4. Pressed Italian sandwiches. Make these delicious sandwiches that everyone will love, containing Italian cold cut meat, provolone cheese, spinach, and basil pesto, all on a fresh ciabatta roll.
  5. Baked apple pie roll ups. Instead of bringing a whole messy pie, bake these easy to eat roll ups with apple pie filling, and cinnamon sugar coating.

Packing for a picnic can be challenging depending on what food and other items you decide to bring.

Trying to save space and keeping everything fresh and organised can become a huge hassle. However, there are some brilliant ideas to make picnicking a breeze for everyone.

Great picnic hacks to keep in mind:
  1. Use cupcake liners to keep bugs out of drinks.
  2. Use an empty egg carton to carry chocolate covered strawberries safely.
  3. Use a muffin tin to serve condiments and toppings for easy access.
  4. Use Popsicle sticks to hold watermelon slices to avoid sticky hands.
  5. Use plastic cups to keep salads fresh and carry cupcakes safely.
  6. Use a shower curtain under your blanket to avoid any moisture from the grass soaking through.
  7. Use frozen bottled water in coolers to keep food and drinks cold, then drink when thawed.

Now call up your family and friends and go out to have to best picnic ever this summer!

TNT Food

Photo Credit: utroja0 – Karen Booth – Arnold Gatilao – ThorstenF

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