These helpful Picnicking Tips will do the job.
Gathering family and friends is such an enjoyable past time and for some families it can become quite a tradition.
You can become the best at planning a picnic because you have learnt all the tricks to help make the picnic a success.
The Perfect Picnic begins at home.
Here are some suggestions as to what picnic essentials you may need.
these away in a handy carry basket or perhaps in one of those great
portable trolley packs. (These are on wheels and are easy to move from
car to picnic area...no fuss).
Learn how to plan a picnic and the first thing to learn is how to...
Barbie And Ken Love To Picnic
Your local hardware store is a great place to find your Carry All.
Keep this in the pantry, cupboard or in the car boot ready to grab as you head out the door.
Picnic Tips - Picnic Carry All for basket or trolley
There are some amazing picnic baskets with all the latest color co-ordinated whiz-bang gadgets and bits and pieces.
These can range from under $50 to ? hundreds depending on what you are after.
My Picnic Tips suggestion is that I have found putting your own together, perhaps getting the kids involved in the process, is so much more fun.
The cheap $2 Shops/Thrift Shops, The Reject Shop, supermarket and the
local hardware are great places to pick up bits and pieces.
A Picnic Rug/Blanket Perhaps Two
Create a food theme, flower theme, color theme.
Make sure you waterproof the back and if you think it is a great job you now have a possible heirloom to hand down.
You can back the quilt with a tarp easily found at the local hardware store.
Waterproof Picnic Blanket
Picnic Tips - Folding Picnic Table And Chairs
These days the range of folding picnic table and chairs is extensive.
The best place to pick these up is at the local hardware, watch out for seasonal specials on offer.
The best type to purchase are lightweight and durable styles.
Ones that can withstand all types of weather conditions, can be easily cleaned and don't take up too much room when stored.
Vintage folding table and chairs are great to recycle with modern canvas fabrics and waterproof paints.
Turn your old ones into really fun and functional picnic essentials.
An essential one of my picnic tips is to make sure that you invest in a decent and sturdy folding chair.
There is nothing worse than sitting down to relax and then finding yourself suddenly collapsing to the ground. Happened to me on numerous occasions.
Check that the legs can carry more than a child's weight.
These days you can find folding picnic chairs with convenient cup holders included.
Very handy to keep your hands free for eating.
Store these away in the car boot, never know when you may need an extra seat.
Picnic Tips - Portable Picnic Shelter
Hardware stores have many different sizes, styles and prices.
Have a close look at them and make sure that they are easy to erect and easy to store.
Portable Picnic Shelter
An excellent shelter that I find easy to use is a fully enclosed portable mosquito canopy. These are not expensive and usually are easy to put up.
The advantage of this is that you can decorate it if you are celebrating a special occasion.
Tie Balloons onto the poles etc.
If you don't want to use a shelter then invest in a piece of light weight
clear plastic sheeting
This you can then throw over your picnic goodies should the skies begin to dribble.
Clear because you can still see to find the much needed tomato sauce!
Picnic Tips - Cooking Picnic Utensils
These can consist of
Great set to actually give or get as a gift.
These usually come in their own pouch for easy storage and transportation.
Suitable Woonen Chopping Board
Can use either a wooden board or there are some light weight plastic boards that you can easily store away in your carry all.
Picnic Esky Or Cooler
Pre-freeze containers of water a couple of days before the picnic and use these to keep your drinks and food fresh.
Clean milk/fruit juice cartons are very useful as ice packs. An excellent recycling idea. Just fill them with water and freeze.
Throw them away once they thaw.
Thermos Or 2
I would like to suggest that you use more than 1 picnic thermos. There is nothing worse than running out of hot water if you are a tea or coffee drinker.
In Winter you might like to fill one with your favorite homemade soup. Summertime fill one with ice/water and lemon juice for a very refreshing pick-me-up.
Relaxing Cuppa Tea At Sunset
May I suggest a square shape as these are easy to pack.
Avoid breakages with either disposable plates or preferably melamine.
I use basic white and that way I am able to have fun with color co-ordination using napkins, tablecloths etc.
Plastic Picnic Plates
Picnic Essentials - Napkins
I love big, strong and sturdy ones.
Picking off bits of napkin from your yummy steak is not really recommended.
For a little extra fun why not produce a theme.
Plastic Or Melamine Cups and Glasses
Use color coordinated ones or clear.
There are plenty of different and reasonably priced disposable ones available now.
Knives, Forks and Spoons
Here is where I have to say that up till now I have not found disposable knives and forks that are strong enough to tackle a nice piece of BBq'd steak.
Hence my suggestion is to invest in a cheap set of cutlery and have it reserved for picnics only.
Picnic Tips - Cork Screw / Bottle Opener
This little gadget is a picnic essential, an absolute must to open that chilled bottle of wine!
Pick one up with a bottle openeron one end.
Make sure that it is a sturdy one. There is nothing worse than having it break as you are trying to uncork that vintage vino.
Picnic Tips - Picnic Table Cloth
Whether the picnic tablecloth is fabric, plastic or throw-away avoid having to struggle with the wind.
You could use alligator clips (bulldog clips) and clamp the cloth to the picnic table.
Another tip is to glue a coin on either edge of the tablecloth to weigh the it down.
A Basic First Aid Kit
The First Aid Kit For Ant Pinic Emergency
Keep the kit well stocked.
These kits can be purchased already filled with all that you could need should there be any accidents etc.
Some extra items that I like to include in the kit are...
remember to restock if you use anything from the kit.
Have a couple of cheap disposable cameras handy for the kids to snap photos of the great day out.
Don't forget to take your own camera along to record those memorable moments.
Make sure the batteries are fully charged.
Your Favorite Digital Camera
What's a picnic without games?
These are an essential picnic requirement.
They can be as simple or as complicated as you like.
Just to name a few.
These you can pick up pretty reasonably at toy stores, Target, Kmart, even at your local Hardware Store.
Whatever the family is into plus a few more for variety.
Bocce (Bocci or Boccie) Game
Picnic Food Essentials
Keep all these in air-tight containers in the Carry All.
Make sure that you have packed in a few recycled plastic shopping bags for all the rubbish.
Successful Picnic Food Ideas
Sort out what from above you think you may require.
Put it all together. Store it away ready to use as everything is there for you to now concentrate on the next one of the picnic essentials.
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