9 Tips for the Perfect Picnic Slideshow
June 17, 2015
9 Tips for the Perfect Picnic
Summer is the height of picnic season, and whether you’re setting up an outdoor lunch on the beach, at your local park, or simply in your own backyard, we know how to take your picnic into the twenty-first century with gadgets, games, and creative ways to keep your food cool.
Avoid Messy, Complex, or Difficult Foods
There are plenty of picnic “do’s,” but be sure to avoid these food “don’ts” — they’re sure to cause a mess. After all, your guests are eating outside, and, chances are, right on the ground. Foods that require major assembly, like tacos; are super messy, like ribs; or call for some serious knife skills, like steak, are not proper picnic fare.
Ban Bugs Easily
To avoid turning your refreshments into bug juice, simply invest in Mason jars with lids and straws. The go-to insect repellent is bug spray, but if you aren’t comfortable with spraying DEET around your food all afternoon, we recommend bringing foods like grapefruit and bananas, which naturally repel insects.
Don’t Forget the Fun and Games
As much as we hate to admit it, the best picnics aren’t just food- and drink-centric. We recommend bringing along a guitar or complementing your delicious picnic recipes with games like KanJam — similar to Frisbee — or fill up water balloons for some soaking fun after the food is all gone.
Get Creative with Salads
It isn’t all about the classic, mayo-heavy macaroni and potato salads. The Daily Meal has a ton of recipes for creative, summery salads, like pasta salad in a jar, to take your summer picnic to the next level.
Go Go Gadget Picnic!
Invest in a Good Cooler
One of the most important, and often-overlooked, aspects of the picnic is the cooler. From keeping your cheese from getting waxy to preventing your drinks from getting warm, a good cooler goes a long way. This high-tech cooler, Coolest, comes with a Bluetooth, a USB Cooler, a bottle opener, and a lid light, and you can buy it online.
Make Your Food Portable
Watermelon can get messy, so why not make watermelon on a stick instead? Don’t be afraid to go stick-crazy: Kebabs are your friends during picnics. The Daily Meal has plenty of creative and delicious kebab recipes on hand, and for dessert? Rainbow cake pops! (They’re a lot easier than cutting a whole cake!)