Picnic friendly recipes, entertaining ideas, and packing tips from planning to clean up. You’ll be inspired to pack a picnic for your next friends and family gathering.
Whether it’s at a park, the beach or even your backyard, eating outdoors on a beautiful day or evening makes everything taste better.
There’s something wonderful about outdoor dining.
Our family has a long history of picnics. When my kids were younger Wednesday was picnic-at-the-park day. They helped plan the menu and pack the basket. We’ve had living room picnics, backyard picnics and lunch packed in a picnic basket when I ate a picnic-style lunch at school with my son or daughter.
Concert Dinner – Outdoor events like jazz concerts, symphony or theatre in the park are perfect for packing a fancy picnic. Pack special occasion foods, candles, dinnerware and, if permitted, a bottle of wine with wineglasses. Don’t forget the wine opener.
Family Reunion – Casual dining under a shelter at a local park is a perfect time to include grilled menu items like burgers and hot dogs with veggie kebobs for a vegetarian option. Ask family members to contribute a side dish. Keeping the casual theme, pack paper plates, plastic utensils and disposable or plastic cups. Remember to bring the colorful table cloths.
Romantic Lunch – Chad and I received 2 picnic baskets as wedding gifts and we kept them both. Try a romantic theme with candles, wine, cheese and crackers and fresh fruit. Very little is need in the way of plates and utensils. The little special details will make this a picnic to remember.
Backyard Picnic – Just step outside your backdoor for a perfect picnic space. Keep it simple with a few of your simple favorite recipes and a blanket. This is super easy, perfect for spontaneous dining al fresco and kids love it.
Lunch Date Picnic – Instead of meeting a friend for lunch at a restaurant, have one of you pick up an order to go and meet at a park. Enjoy the beautiful weather and fresh air. Keep it simple and take full advantage of a break during lunch.
The location of your picnic will guide your packing. A campsite means you’ll need simple recipes, preferably finger foods, paper plates. A relaxing park can be a setting for elegant dining with a tablecloth, linen napkins and candles.
Be mindful of food safety especially on hot days. A good rule of thumb is to not have food sit out more than 1 hour.
Use an insulated cooler for things like yogurt or mayonnaise based salads, dairy products and meat.
Don’t forget the basics: picnic blanket, table cloth, disposable wipes, paper towels, serving utensils, cutting board and knife, plastic garbage bag and bug spray.
Picnic Friendly Foods
- Fresh Tomato & Avocado Salad
- Quick and Easy Spring Veggie Bowl
- Nourishing Nut & Seed Bars
- Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Avocado and Lemon Basil Dressing
- Berry Cantaloupe Salad
- Tomato Cucumber Salad with Olives and Feta
- Green Goddess Hummus Sandwiches
- Easy Hummus Spiral Wraps
- Layered Greek Style Chickpea Salad
- Market Bean Salad
- Baked Zucchini Chips
- California Quinoa Salad Collard Wraps
- Basil and Mint Yellow Squash Spiralized Salad
- Homemade Veggie Burgers
- Dark Chocolate Reese’s Protein Bites
- Peanut Butter Raspberry Bread
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Are you thinking about going on a picnic now? When was the last time you went on a picnic? Do you have a favorite picnic-friendly recipe?
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