Spring is finally here and what better way to commemorate the season than to plan an outdoor picnic! Planning a picnic does not require a lot of prep work, all you need is a few key items and you are quickly on your way to creating a memorable spring afternoon. To help get you started here is a list of everything you may need.
Pick A Spot
Picnics are great because you can have them anywhere. People often get caught up in the idea that picnics are meant for parks. This is not the case. Get creative with your picnic and try something new. Here are some of my favorite suggestions for picnic spots: Winery, Lake, Sailboat, Museum, Beach, Nature Center, Mountain, Botanical Garden. If you are a Virginia native or plan to visit the state anytime in the near future HERE is a list of great picnic spots to test out!
Create A Menu
Once you have decided on your picnic spot you will need to create a menu. To keep things simple I like to stick to picnic friendly foods. Some foods that are easy to pack are sandwiches, fruits, raw veggies, dips, cheeses, and crackers. A personal favorite of mine are chicken salad sandwiches. To further help you along the way I have provided the easy go-to recipe with step-by-step instructions.
Chicken Salad Sandwiches
- 4 Chicken Breasts
- 2 Tbsp Dill Relish
- 1/2 Cup Duke’s Real Mayonnaise
- Celery (optional)
- Salt & Pepper
Boil Chicken for approx 20 minutes or until done. Take out of water and cool. Shred Chicken. Add Dill Relish, Celery (optional), and Duke’s Real Mayonnaise. Mix together and add salt & pepper to taste. Enjoy!
*Add Lettuce & Tomato if desired
It’s Time To Pack It Up
Whether you’re looking for a picnic basket for a romantic lunch date or something for the entire family, I have the perfect one for you. The Sunflora Picnic Backpack for 4 is great for any outdoor setting due to its durability and easy to carry design. The all-in-one backpack comes with every picnic accessories you could need. Its insulated interior is neatly organized with 4 sets of stainless steel flatware and plates, 4 wine glasses, a bamboo cutting board, cheese knife, salt/pepper shaker, and a wine opener. There is a large insulated space for your food items and an attached picnic blanket. The stylish backpack comes in multiple colors and can be found HERE.
Once you have completed your menu you can add all of your delicious foods to your picnic backpack along with any wine if appropriate. Be sure to also save room for extra things that may come in handy depending on your picnic location. Some popular things to consider are:
- Bug Spray
- Outdoor Games/Activities
- Speaker for Music
- Battery Pack for Phone
Time To Picnic
And just like that you are ready! You have successfully planned and packed for your perfect afternoon picnic. The only thing left to do now is to enjoy yourself!
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