If you love picnics, this is the best time of the year for you. There’s nothing better than sunny winter afternoons and a gorgeous picnic spread at a picturesque location. But planning a picnic can be hard work. Deciding on a time and date that’s convenient for everyone, and catering to everyone’s choices, is enough to put off picnic planning indefinitely. But we’re here to help. If you want to know how to plan a picnic this season, you’ve come to the right place.
This is what you need to do to plan a picnic like a pro. All you need to do now is follow this list, and call your friends.
1. The right spot
The best location for a picnic is one that is relaxed and not too noisy. Find a shaded spot under a tree so that you can get away from the sun if you want to. This picnic spot should also have enough open area for kids or pets to run around freely.
2. Rugs and cushions
Just a rug is not enough to make your picnic comfortable. Carry big cushions which you can throw down and use to lie down for a quick nap. The rugs you choose should instil a sense of warmth and, of course, should be Instagrammable.
3. Sandwiches and salads
Sandwiches are easy to carry and are filling. Avoid food which can be cumbersome or messy. You can decide on what kind of sandwiches you want beforehand, based on the group’s preferences. From ham and cheese, tomato and cucumber, and BLTs to croissants, you can make a variety of sandwiches for the picnic. To accompany these sandwiches, you can also carry pre-mixed salad. Make sure you carry the dressing separately to retain the freshness of the salad.
4. Crackers and cookies
Not everyone will want something heavy like a sandwich immediately. Carry light snacks like crackers and chips to start the picnic. Paired with different kinds of spreads and jams, crackers are something that everyone will relish. You can also pack healthier, low calorie versions of these snacks for those who are health conscious. If there will be kids in your picnic group, carry snacks like cookies of different flavours for them.
5. Delicious desserts
No party is complete without desserts. And there are several picnic-friendly desserts which your entire group can enjoy. From different types of brownies and muffins, to healthier options like fruits, you can curate a dessert platter beforehand and put it together at the picnic spot.
6. Picnic basket
To carry all your food and crockery, you need a picnic basket. Ideally, the basket should be able to accommodate almost everything you need for the picnic. This is so that you don’t have to carry everything separately and lug it all to the picnic spot one by one.
With all the delicious food, you also need entertainment. Games like Jenga, Monopoly and Scrabble are perfect picnic games. If it’s a windy day, you may want to avoid Monopoly which uses paper money and cards. You can also play games like Heads Up and Taboo which are available as apps.
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