The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the smell of fresh cut grass fills you with the realization that summer is finally here. It’s been a long time coming and you’re ready to get outside with the family. What better way to start enjoying the season than to take your family on a picnic with these summer picnic ideas? Well, okay, there might be a few better ways to enjoy the sun (resort, infinity pool) but for the sake of social media, get out there and get those photos showing your picture perfect family. Who knows, you might even have a great time while you’re at it. Before you head out, though, there are a few things you need to know. Follow these summer picnic ideas to ensure you have the definitive picnic experience this summer.
Unless you are trying to get your exercise by hiking your way to the picnic (and, by the way, stop making the rest of us look bad by hiking to your picnic) you’ll likely be driving to your location. This will allow you to pack everything, and I mean everything, you need to ensure your picnic goes off without a hitch. This isn’t camping, after all, so don’t forget to bring all the comforts of home. Blankets, lawn chairs, dishes (preferably of the recyclable variety), music, personal chef (if only, right?) and all the food you can manage to pack into the back of that SUV. Don’t be stingy on the food, either, because nothing can ruin a picnic like a * hangry toddler.
Location, Location, Location
It’s best to do some scouting of locations before you make your way to a picnic area. Are there washrooms nearby? Is there a garbage can close enough so that you can clean up easily but far enough that its smell won’t interfere with your meal? Is the location near a playground for the kids to play? Do nauseatingly happy, child-free couples spend time here? Will the local high school football team be practicing nearby and therefore totally ruin your peaceful vibe? Is there a fast food joint withing walking distance in case you have to send your husband for something the kids will actually eat? Taking these things into account will make for a more relaxing afternoon and isn’t that what this is all about? Well, that and instragramming the heck outta your day. Take that Pinterest moms!
Sometimes, as much as we plan ahead, we cannot control everything. So, if the ants find their way into your picnic basket and your little one steps in dog poo, remember to bring wine to ease the pain of an afternoon gone awry. After a couple of glasses of Pinot Grigio it won’t matter that your toddler is eating grass and your husband is grumbling about missing the big game. You just sit back and enjoy that sunshine for all your worth because it won’t be long before we’ll be packing up the picnic gear and digging out the apple picking gear to prove once again that we can parent with the best of them.
*That moment when hunger and anger combine to form hanger.