1. People. Who is going on the picnic? What age groups? By
identifying your picnic party people you get some idea of the kind of place,
food and activities that will be needed. How many people will be going? Who
will be responsible for transportation?
2. Location. Once you know who is going to be invited on the picnic,
you can choose a location that is suitable. For example, if you have
children, a place near a play park, or with plenty of open space for them to
run in is perfect. On the other hand, if you have elderly or mobility
challenged people invited, then your perfect picnic place won't be too far
from the car park, or in an area which is difficult to walk. We've researched
a large list of picnic locations that include National Parks and State Parks. The beach is always an otion too.
3. Food. Knowing your location and who you are feeding will help you
to plan your menu for the perfect picnic. Does anyone in the picnic party
have food allergies? Is your proposed picnic venue somewhere that has picnic
tables, or will you be eating while sitting on the ground? If you have tables
then you can be more adventurous with your catering and set a picnic
requiring the use of silverware. If you are intending to eat on a blanket on
the ground then finger food (with a small amount of silverware) will make the
picnic more relaxed. Save small packets of condiments such as salt and
ketchup from fast food outlets to use on picnics. Take a variety of drinks to
suit everyone, keep juice concentrates cool by diluting it with half water and
then adding ice cubes. If there is nowhere to purchase extra drinks in the
area you are having the picnic, take more than you think you'll need as
people will need more fluid if it's a hot day and they are taking part in
activities. Where possible use plastic bottles rather than glass ones so
there's less change of them being broken in transit. No matter the occassion,
we have a lot of picnic recipes that can help with menus.
4. Equipment. Take enough flatware and silverware for each member
going on the picnic, plus a couple of extra settings just in case. Remember
to pack a large picnic blanket (or a number of beach
towels if picnicking on the beach), even if you are going somewhere with
picnic tables, just in case the tables are all occupied when you arrive at
your chosen location. Remember to pack a large garbage bag for collecting all
the scraps and empty packaging so that you leave your picnic area the way you
found it - or better!
Consider what you will do on your picnic, and ensure that you have all the
necessary items - such as a ball, fishing line or magazines. Then add to this
some supplies which could be handy such as sun block (waterproof if you plan
to swim or play in the water), mosquito repellent, first aid kit, and a large
parasol which can double as an umbrella should the weather change.
Although you can't plan for all eventualities on your picnic, by planning and
organizing before the event, you can cut down the potential for disaster. The
weather is outside of your control but as long as you have taken care of
everything that you can think of, then your work is done and the rest is for
the clouds to decide!
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