Planning the Perfect Picnic

July 23, 2021 11:07 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

When planning the perfect picnic, you’ll want to consider more than just the food. Planning a picnic starts with the vibe, the feeling of the day. From there, it will be easier to choose what types of food and drinks you need to make the day perfect and hassle-free.

If you have a specific dish in mind, it’s possible to put that into the mix for planning a picnic. Say, for example, you want to bring your famous BBQ chicken legs—you’ll also want to bring extra napkins and maybe some wet wipes to help clean up after handling this messy finger food.

Here are some more tips on planning the perfect picnic.

Keep it fresh

When packing a picnic, remember that your food will likely be out of the refrigerator for hours before you get around to eating it. It’s important for the sake of the quality of the food (and for the health of your picnic guests) to make sure to keep certain foods cold as long as possible. Potato salad comes to mind, as does any kind of meat, whether it’s on a sandwich or à la carte.

Coolers with ice or ice packs can be a good way to keep the temperature in check. This has the added benefit of acting as a temporary table for light prep work. For shorter trips, you may be able to get away with a cooler bag (like from a grocery delivery) or collapsible cooler.

Fancy or basic?

When preparing your picnic, the sky’s the limit as far as how fancy you want to make it. For example, you might want to pack several kinds of fancy cheeses, multiple cracker options and wine pairings to go with it, in addition to the main course or side dishes.

You may also want to make some dishes that have some assembly required on-site for maximum texture quality. For example, a salad with crunchy components might become too soggy if it’s allowed to sit for a couple hours before it’s served, so you may want to bring some components separately to be mixed in after everyone sits down at the picnic.

Then again, you might just want to bring some premade sandwiches and a big bag of chips with a 12-pack of your favorite beverage and call it a day. This requires far less cutlery and planning and can be just as fun as a fancy food picnic. If you have activities planned or if you’re going to be on the move, this may be a better fit for the vibe than a cheese plate.

Consider the cutlery

While food is the main event in a picnic, you’re still going to need something to eat it with. Make sure you have forks, spoons and knives as needed for all your guests, as well as for serving. Don’t forget plates and napkins—and cups if you’re bringing a beverage to share like wine or champagne.

For more inspiration for planning the perfect picnic, visit Tony’s Delicatessen & Fresh Meats today.

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