12 Most Picture Perfect Ways to Plan for a Picnic

12 Most Picture Perfect Ways to Plan for a Picnic

Picnics are a fabulous way to have some quality family time or a romantic afternoon with someone you love. The best way to have a successful spontaneous event is to plan ahead! Having all the things that you need waiting for you and ready to go makes that sunny afternoon escape totally doable. Making time to create special moments in your life is always worth the time.

Take advantage of picnics and pre-plan with:

1. Vintage picnic baskets or modern masterpieces

Romantic, time-tested and add a beautiful touch to your picnic. Easy to look for throughout the year at antique stores or Ebay. Or go with a new version with all the bells and whistles with space to pack everything neatly.

2. Have a cooler and thermos handy

Clean them after each use. There is nothing that spoils picnic preparation quicker than having a gross cooler to clean from last time. Yuck!

3. Fabric napkins

Eco friendly and create no waste. Little touches like this make it special.

4. Inexpensive plates

Whether you have mix and match china or unbreakable plastic, get something reusable and cute.

5. Silverware

Mix and match from garage sales, it is cheap and charming. Also include a few serving spoons and a knife to cut cheese.

6. Wine bottle opener

Get an extra to leave in the picnic basket.

7. A variety of glass or plastic drinkware

I have seen some very cute picnic photos with mason jars for iced tea or lemonade.

8. Have a variety of freezer packs frozen

9. Maintain a collection of small plastic containers for easy food storage

10. Bring a bag to bring home trash

11. Leave a blanket or comforter in your trunk

12. Scout out a few locations so you have the perfect place to eat

I hope that you will start planning for a wonderful, relaxing picnic at some future date. Knowing that you have everything ready to go will make the idea of having a picnic much easier. What tips do you have for creating a memorable picnic?

Featured image courtesy of  ghirson via Creative Commons.

Article by Peg Fitzpatrick

Peg Fitzpatrick

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Peg Fitzpatrick is co-Editor-in-Chief of 12 Most . She's co-author of the best-selling book, The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users co-authored with Guy Kawasaki. Peg works with global brands and leaders in the social media sphere every day. She's spearheaded successful social-media campaigns for Motorola, Audi, Google, and Virgin as well as having been a brand ambassador for Kimpton Hotels. All about being positive and connecting, she is a true social butterfly. Tweet her and say hi at @pegfitzpatrick, find her Stumbling on StumbleUpon, rocking Google+ here Google or happily pinning on Pinterest.

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15 comments
DixieLil
DixieLil

 @Peg Fitzpatrick Picnics bring me back to my childhood.  Specifically of eating major meals of chicken and sides at the beach, packed by my Mom, sand included. I usually tend to go practical: sandwiches, fruit and some form of beverage.  I have wine carriers courtesy of BuiltNY, made of neoprene. 

susansilver
susansilver

I haven't been on a picnic since I was a good. They were one of my favorites though. It was always nice to go to the park get tired from playing and scarf down a sandwich. 

dbvickery
dbvickery

#6 and #11 are crucial! I've been busted by not having the wine opener in the past, so I keep one in the car now. Gotta have glassware to drink wine, though - I just think it is funny to drink out of plastic cups, but we've done it when traveling.

 

And yeah, having surprises in a dirty cooler when getting ready for the next outing...big (and often smelly) FAIL!

WineEveryday
WineEveryday

In my house we are always ready for a picnic or a tailgate! Great list & great timing, the weather is Picnic Perfect!!! Cheers!

BruceSallan
BruceSallan

I'm ready Peggy...I'll bring the wine! At least two bottles...

BetsyKCross
BetsyKCross

I love picnics!  Backpacks are best...no lugging baskets or coolers! Something about fresh air is so relaxing and romantic.

Peg Fitzpatrick
Peg Fitzpatrick

 @DixieLil I will have to check out the wine carriers! My mom always made tuna fish because she likes it. I think we had tuna fish, Lay's potato chips and lemonade. And we had a HUGE, super heavy metal Coca Cola cooler.

Peg Fitzpatrick
Peg Fitzpatrick

 @dbvickery I need to find some nice plastic wine glasses (hope the wine people don't hate on that) it is better to not worry about breaking glass. I am seriously thinking big huge sun tea jar full of Sangria this weekend. You can find some nice looking glasses, granted they aren't stemware but you are outside. I think it's ok, right?

Peg Fitzpatrick
Peg Fitzpatrick

 @WineEveryday Counting on a good wine recommendation from you. :) I would probably go for a Riesling but a big container of Sangria would also be fabulous!

WineEveryday
WineEveryday

 @Peg Fitzpatrick  @dbvickery Peg, try to get some GoVino plastic wine glasses. I use them at all our tailgates & picnics. Hand wash & dry them and they last a very long time. Cheers!

WineEveryday
WineEveryday

 @Peg Fitzpatrick Picnics & Tailgates generally call for an array of wines. Some standards are: Champagne/Sparkling Wine; Pinot Grigio; Rose; and a great Red Blend like Tractor Shed Red. Something for everyone! Cheers Peg!

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