Saturday, June 4, 2011

Picnic Ideas for an Awesome Outing

Summer is here, so it's a great time to plan a picnic and go to your favorite park. Planning is important though if you want your picnic to be fun and festive. So here are a few picnic ideas to make your next outing a winning event.

First off you'll want to invest in a small sun gazebo (sun shelter) if you are going to a place that has no natural or man-made shelter.  Because no matter how much fun-in-the-sun you want, you'll definitely want a little reprieve from it, and the good news is that sun shelters are not all that expensive.  Basic ones are about $50 at Walmart and Target, and you'll find that this will prove to be the most important item you bring.

Next you will want to make sure you have lots of high UV protection sun cream for everyone; especially if you plan on staying out for the whole day.  And if you are picnicking  in a place where there is swimming available, make sure to apply more sunscreen after going in the water.

Now for the food .... how about homemade potato salad, KFC chicken, some gourmet chips/snacks (like CapCod Chips or Snyder's snacks), carrot sticks with Ranch dressing, and a nice variety of drinks? Sounds great, doesn't it? You can even buy the chicken the day before so that it's nice and cold--that way you don't have to worry about keeping it warm. And labor wise, the only work you'll have to do is make the potato salad and chop the carrots--but the good news is, everyone will feel like they've had a homemade picnic. Super cool, right?

Here is a recipe for a fabulous potato salad:

Cube about 8 lbs of potatoes and cook.  Hard boil a dozen eggs, peel and slice.  Prepare dressing with about 1/2 - 3/4 jar of mayo, 1/4 cup of vinegar, 2 TBLS sugar, dash of water, and 1/8 cup of mustard. Whisk till blended.  Place the potatoes and eggs in large mixing bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and season salt. Add the dressing and mix. Taste.  Add extra anything to taste according to your palette. Voila!

So now that the food is shored up, what about entertainment? Here are some easy things to throw in a sack that will bring hours of fun for all concerned:

    * frisbee
    * Uno card game
    * Phase Ten card game (Never heard of it. Go buy a deck and you'll be hooked!)
    * Yahtzee

Last but not least on the list is music.  All you need to do is bring an old boom box, extra batteries, some fun CDs, and you are set for a picnic extravaganza !

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