The Summer Picnic
With summer now in full swing, many of us will be celebrating with various outdoor gatherings. If your picnic game is a little rusty, here are some tips to help you pull everything together in a flash.
For starters, make sure you’ve got all the necessary gear available by using our downloadable Picnic Packing Checklist.
(We’re assuming your picnic spot has grills and picnic tables available for you, so be sure to add portable options for one or both to your checklist if not.)
Our long-time tradition is for family and friends to bring their own favorite items to grill, while we supply the sides, drinks, condiments, etc. Whether you go that route, make your usual specialty, or try something new, keep hungry picnickers at bay by having some simple snacks out while the grilling is going on. Chips and fresh veggies with dip or snack mixes are easy options.
If you need inspiration on the sides, here are three of our favorites that you can put together in a snap.
- Country Living’s Dill Pickle Potato Salad is as delicious as it is easy to make. We do swap out the celery for a dash of celery seed though and let the salad chill before serving.
- Recipes don’t get much more basic than this Tangy Four-Bean Salad from Taste of Home. If you like a more traditional bean salad like we do, leave out the mushrooms and green pepper.
- Our Easy Deviled Eggs are a straightforward classic.
On the off chance that anyone has any room left after the meal, we’ll have a watermelon handy to cut up. You can also of course plan a more involved sweet treat if you like.