Happy Friday…… I have to admit this is one of my favorite times of the year. The summer crowds have left the Jersey Shore – well, most of the them, the humidity is gone and the weather is perfect.
Whether you’re looking to have some inexpensive fun with the family, or getting ready to tailgate while watching your favorite football team or looking for some quiet time with some one special…. a picnic is a great option!
Picnics come in all shapes and sizes and, honestly, there is no right or wrong way to do it. The best picnics seem to be the ones handled with a carefree attitude and positive energy. Hanging out with friends (or family)…on a blanket…eating your fave foods is supposed to be fun. Don’t worry about having a cute picnic basket (but a Thirty One thermal always helps). Not sure what to bring? Don’t fret — food is food and it doesn’t need to be packaged in cutesy DIY wrapping. Picnics are — and should be — the most mellow, fun and relaxing way to hang with friends or family or solo, so your stresses drift away.
Here are 5 super simple things to keep in mind for your next picnic adventure.
Location. I remember picnics in the mountains, next to highways, on large boulders, in the backs of trucks, and in tiny backyards. Translation: it doesn’t need to take place in a park or at some epic location. What I would suggest is the space accommodate the amount of people coming. Large parks and beaches are perfect for big groups, whereas just a few people can fit pretty much anywhere.
Food. You can be as elaborate as you want to be when it comes to food. I’m basic making sure I have something everyone likes. There is always some cheese, seasonal fruits and nuts, a bottle of wine, chips and salsa. However, summer salads, and deli sandwiches are great too! For large groups, potluck is fun where each person brings their favorite dish.
Blanket. This is a must! Of course, these days I usually am making sure there are fold-up chairs or a picnic table close by too.
Gear. Maybe the “gear” with all the “right” picnicking stuff is not necessary BUT when you travel with a “bag lady”, you are sure to have lots of options. You can get a “proper picnic basket” with matching essentials (plate, cups, silverware) or you can create your own. Depending on what you pack for food, be sure to bring the appropriate tableware. But don’t forget cloth napkins, a cutting board, bottle opener, water, trash bags.
Games. What the heck is a picnic without games? Pack your favorite board games, cards, frisbee and book. Also, consider toting a camera and mobile speaker if you want music.
What else would you add to this list? Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!