A picnic is the perfect way to spend some fun quality time outdoors with your family! Eating together in the beautiful outdoors is fun for the kids and great way to encourage exploration and family time! We have put together some great tips and recipes to help you plan, prepare and execute the perfect family picnic. It's really important to remember that some food can spoil in the heat, so we have also provided great safety tips to keep everyone happy and healthy!
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When going on a picnic there are a few must haves to bring with you, besides for the food of course! It is very important to remember to pack sunscreen, bug spray, antibacterial wipes or lotions , and a small first aide-kit. We want to keep everyone protected from the sun, bugs and bacteria of the great outdoors so these items are a must. You should also plan to bring with you two coolers; one for the perishable food and one for the drinks. You will want to keep the food as cold as possible, so as not to have anything spoil, so the drinks should be in a separate cooler that can be open and closed all day long!
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The next thing you need to plan and prepare in advance is what plates, utensils, and food/drink containers you want to bring with you. Flimsy paper plates might not be the best option because they can tear easily, making a huge mess, and or blow away with the wind. We suggest more durable disposable plates or even bringing real dishes with you. Bambu makes really sturdy disposable plates that are eco-friendly too! For utensils, we suggest sturdy plastic ones or bringing ones from home too. Make sure to keep any sharp knives covered so our little ones won't get hurt. For a cute touch you can pre-wrap your utensils in napkins and tie them up with a string!
As for food storage we really like the Progressive collapsible storage bowls, because they come in 3 different sizes and are easily folded into small containers that won't take up a lot of space.
Another great item to pack with you is the Steady Stick wine glass holders! Enjoy your wine in the great outdoors with these handy in-ground stakes to steadily hold your glasses. These will work with any glass that has a stem so think about bring plastic wine glasses for the kids (if they are old enough) to drink out of too, as a special and mature treat!
Sandwich Bouquets are mini sandwiches that are made with assorted fillings (like turkey and Swiss, cream cheese with veggies, chicken slices, and Nutella), cut into floral type shapes, that are fun for little kids to eat! Really you can cut sandwiches into any shapes and it will be a visual treat for the picnic. Everyone will enjoy grabbing fun combinations of foods, but makes sure to keep condiments on the side so the bread wont get soggy. Recipe via: Recipe.com
Fruit Kebas are fun and sweet way to pack and serve fruit at a picnic! They are easy make and the combinations are endless. Simply pick your favorite and decide how you want to cut them; go crazy with shapes or with melon ballers, or simply cut them into squares! You can also sprinkle with shaved coconut, or had chocolate sauce, or even add marshmallows. Everyone will love the fruit kebabs! We suggest using plastic straws even so the little kids won't get hurt on sharp ends.
Here is one version from Aldi:
This kid friendly pasta salad is loaded with healthy chicken, some cheese, and edamame. Feel free to substitute the edamame with chickpeas, beans or anything else your kids love! This recipe comes from Weary Chef!
These Strawberry Shortcake Parfaits just couldn’t be easier to assemble and are perfect for bringing along on a picnic! The best part is that this recipe requires no baking because it uses already made Sara Lee pound cake! This recipe is from Two in the Kitchen.
You should bring an assortment of both active and quite/calm games and toys with you on your picnic. Some great ideas of action toys are bats and balls, football, kites, and frisbees. These toys will keep everyone active while having fun. It's also important to bring along things to do for when all their energy is gone such as books, or travel versions of their favorite games such as checkers and chess. Remember not to overpack because you will need to carry everything with you and you don't want to leave things behind!
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