Did you know that July is known as National Picnic Month? In 1952, the American Bakers’ Association founded the celebration to bring families and friends together while enjoying the great outdoors.
Celebrating National Picnic Month is easy while school is out for summer and the weather is warm. It is also easy to gather fresh ingredients for picnic meals with fruits and vegetables thriving.
If you are wanting to plan a special picnic to spend time with family and friends, decide on a location before anything else. There are beautiful parks and lake areas with picnic pavilions to choose from with plenty of open space to enjoy a picnic. You could also host one at home in the backyard for a more intimate setting- this would be perfect for a romantic at-home date night!
Add some games and activities to the picnic to make it more fun for everyone. Ask a guest to bring a deck of cards and everyone can suggest their favorite card games. Have cornhole boards? Bring them out if you’re hosting the picnic at home. If there are little ones, bring a soccer ball for them to kick around or teach them how to play “Duck, Duck, Goose”! It may be fun to give them a taste of your simplified childhood before there were screens accessible at every turn.
Deciding on the menu is a task that is completely optional. For a casual, laid-back picnic, just ask everyone to bring their own meal whether they pack it at home or grab something from a drive-through. If you would rather host a photo-worthy gathering, lay out a charcuterie board or bring a vintage picnic basket full of homemade sandwiches and sides. Don’t forget plates, napkins and utensils!
A picnic can be as simple or as extravagant as you want it to be. Invite as many people as you’d like or just relax in your favorite quiet spot on a blanket with a glass of wine and a small meat and cheese selection. No matter how you choose to celebrate National Picnic Month, remember to unwind and slow down in a world that seems to be in a constant rush.