Planning different kinds of picnics
June 26, 2009
For those currently experiencing damp conditions, heading out for a picnic may be last on their list of recreational activities. However, July is National Picnic Month and since it's got to stop raining sometime, consider these innovative ideas for the best picnic ever once the ground dries out.
Large groups particularly with older relatives may want to consider heading to a park with free grills and benches so all guests can be comfortable. Check your local park website for permit rules and hours of operation.
Rather than simply grilling food, think about a barbecue theme. For example, think about Southern barbecue, and ask guests to bring traditional Southern sides like biscuits, grits or peach cobbler. A Texas barbecue can feature baked beans, cornbread and hearty Western side dishes.
Finger foods are always great to have at a picnic, so think about a Mediterranean twist with lots of pita and sides like hummus, chunky grilled veggies, feta cheese and tabbouleh salad. Bring plenty of olives for snacks.
An Italian picnic can feature pasta salads and a range of cold cuts, breads and cheeses so guests can make their own sandwiches. Don't forget the fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil.
Finally, bring plenty of refreshing iced teas and lemonade and remember to leave the picnic area clean.