Picnic Ideas for The Summer

Feast outdoors with family and friends.

Summer is finally here! And what better way to welcome the sunshine than outdoor excursions with family and friends? Whether your haven in the sun is a park, beach, lake, forest or garden, make your time there extra special by having a picnic.

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To help you plan the perfect day outdoors, we have compiled a list of everything you will need. Here are your picnic essentials:

  • A large picnic blanket
  • Picnic basket or backpack
  • A grill, charcoal and lighters
  • Cooling bag
  • Thermos with coffee or tea
  • Thermos with hot water for baby food
  • Reusable plates and cups
  • Cutlery
  • Drinks for the day (water, juices, etc.)
  • Extra water for rinsing, etc.
  • Salt and pepper shakers
  • Napkins
  • Cutting board and sharp knife
  • Corkscrew or bottle opener
  • Kitchen towel
  • Bin bags

And to prevent anyone from getting bored during the day, you should take the following:

  • Outdoor playthings (football, frisbee, volleyball, badminton, etc.)
  • Cards and board games
  • Books and magazines
  • Speaker for music

To protect your family and yourself outdoors, you should also take:

  • Suncream
  • Parasol
  • Insect repellent
  • First-aid kit

And now to the culinary part of the picnic. While a barbecue is the classic outdoor choice, there are plenty of snacks, such as finger food, salads, sweets and fruits that can come together to make a hearty picnic. Carrot and cucumber sticks, meatballs and melon cubes are ideal children’s snacks, for example.

To help create the perfect picnic menu, we looked around popular blogs to find the best family-outdoor-friendly recipes. Check out these awesome sandwich recipes from Daisies & Pie that are easy to make and perfect for taking with you outdoors on a summer’s day. Another tasty, healthy and quick to make dish is this roast vegetable pesto pasta salad from blogger, A Mummy Too. You should also try these delicious quick lamb flatbreads by Mrs. Rachel Brady for a delicious snack that kids and adults will love.

With the sun shining and our thoughts filled with these tasty dishes, we are off to prepare our picnic right away! We hope you found some helpful tips for enjoying the beautiful summer outdoors.


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