Why not consider breaking the mold this year and do something a bit different? Below are some perfect summer picnic ideas, along with food safety tips.
Picnics can be a lot of fun but not if you end up with a bout of food poisoning. Careful planning can prevent food spoilage. Here are some simple safety rules to remember when planning your picnic:
Plan Your Picnic
A few minutes planning ahead of time can save you a lot of trouble. You don't want to plan a large gathering only to arrive at your favorite picnic spot and find all the picnic tables are taken. If you are planning on going to somewhere such as a local or state park, call ahead and see if they have pavilions you can reserve. Often these are available for a low fee or even no fee at all. If you're not sure who to call, and you have never been to the spot before, visit ahead of time and scope out the locations of the picnic tables and bathrooms. Find out of the park has a swimming area and playground area for the kids. All these things will help your day go smoothly.
Having some picnic smarts can enhance your day of fun and fellowship. First, carefully plan on where to spread your picnic blanket. Check for rocks and tree roots. You want to be in the shade, so put your picnic blanket or table under a tree or plan on using portable pavilions or large beach umbrellas. This is especially important with babies and young children. Put a table cloth on picnic tables that are already there.
To avoid bees and ants, keep sodas and other sugary foods covered and away from the table where everyone is eating. Use citronella candles to keep mosquitoes away as the sun goes down. Make sure you bring plenty of water with you if there is no source of water at the location. Bring washcloths to wipe hands and faces. Pack the basic supplies: aluminum foil, plates, cups, tableware, plastic wrap, garbage bags, can opener, tongs for the grill, plates to place hot food on (not Styrofoam), toys for the kids, charcoal and matches. Make a list and check it off as you go. Be sure and remember your camera so you capture all the day's fun.
Not many of us have a problem planning for your basic picnic. You take your food, (hamburgers, coleslaw, buns, ketchup), picnic blankets, suntan lotion, Frisbee and drink coolers and head off for a day in the sun. That is the simplest form of picnicking and can be wonderful. But why not do something slightly different? Here are some other ideas for picnics:
With flying flowers overhead, plants walking into other gardens and ice cube berries, you can make this indoor-from-the-outdoor garden party the most-praised party ever.
These ideas for a garden party will help your kids enjoy themselves in the great outdoors.