The weather is warm but not sweltering, and those pesky summer mosquitos haven’t arrived yet. So, it’s the perfect time to head to the park, find a shade tree, and have a family picnic. If you want to add a picnic to your agenda this weekend, try a few of these helpful tips to make it a success.
Tips for Packing a Picnic Lunch
- Pack your favorite herbs and seasonings in tic-tac containers instead of bringing the full-size bottles. You’ll save a ton of space in your picnic basket.
- Let your water bottles play double duty by freezing them before you place them in the cooler. They’ll help to keep everything in your cooler cold, and, once they melt, you’ll have a refreshingly cold drink.
- If you’d like to serve sliced, fresh fruit like apples or pears, you can avoid the pieces browning by tying the slices together with a pipe cleaner.
Tips for Serving a Picnic Lunch
- If you’re serving sandwiches or burgers, place condiments and topping in a muffin pan. This will make it easier for everyone to customize their sandwich. Plus, the muffin pan will take up less space on the picnic table than several containers and bottles would.
- If you don’t want to pack bowls to serve snack items like chips or pretzels, turn the bags into makeshift bowls. Just fold down the top of the bag and then roll up the bottom of the bag so that it will stand up on its own. You can use this pictorial guide if you want to try it.
- Keep your drink bug-free by placing a cupcake liner over the top and punching your straw through it.
- Turn a six-pack drink container into a utensil caddy to easily dispense your plastic ware.
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Tips for Serving Kids at a Picnic Lunch
- Keep your little one from making a mess of their watermelon but cutting it into triangles and placing it on a popsicle stick.
- Create a sticky fingers station with wipes, paper towels, hand sanitizer, and a spray bottle filled with water.
- Have smores for dessert without the bonfire. Use terracotta pots, foil, and charcoal to create small s’more-making stations. Just make sure not to leave the flames unattended.
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