How to Plan a Simple Picnic: Tips and Ideas

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Picnics are a great way to spend time with your loved ones and create good memories full of fun. They are for having a good time with your friends or having a unique date with your partner.  If you’ve always wanted to plan a one but don’t know where to start, I’ve got you covered!

What you need for a simple picnic

Planning a picnic is simple. However, making a checklist is a great way to ensure you have everything you need. Listed below are the six essential things to bring to a picnic.

  • A tablecloth or blanket. Some parks have picnic tables you can use to eat your food, but a great alternative is sitting on the ground. A tablecloth or blanket will keep your clothes and food clean and safe from pesky insects!
  • Tableware. It’s better to be safe and sorry. That’s why bring dinnerware such as cutlery, plates, and cups. Investing in good-quality outdoor dinnerware sets would be good if you plan picnics often.
  • Food. No picnic is complete without food. Although you can bring any meal to a picnic, it’s better to go with simple finger foods such as sandwiches, deviled eggs, and fresh fruit.
  • Games. Packing board or card games are a great way to ensure everyone has fun at a picnic. Other fun activities for a picnic include playing volleyball, flying a kite, or going for a walk.
  • Trash bag. For easy cleanup, bring a couple of trash bags with you. Picking trash is a simple but effective way to care for nature.
  • Basket. A picnic basket is great for carrying all the things you’re bringing. But if you don’t have a basket, you can use a large bag or a wooden or cardboard box instead!

In addition, another thing to consider when having a picnic is the spot you choose. A great tip is to look for a place in the shade. This will keep you cool on a sunny day and make for a romantic spot if you plan a date!

The top 5 foods for a picnic

Food is the heart and soul of a picnic. The best thing is that the dishes you prepare don’t have to be too complex because, when it comes to picnics, simple is the way to go. Below are five food ideas that everyone will love!


picnic sandwiches

It’s no surprise that sandwiches are the most classic picnic food. After all, they’re simple to make and very tasty. So to wow your loved ones, you can make this simple Caprese sandwich, eggs and sausage sandwich, or whatever you like.

Mediterranean pasta salad

Mediterranean pasta salad

Pasta salad is great for picnics because it’s so simple to make. This Mediterranean pasta salad can be made in under 30 minutes. It’s perfect for a delicious and balanced meal!

Spring rolls

simple picnic spring rolls

Fresh Vietnamese spring rolls are the perfect healthy food for any picnic. They’re so simple to make and are so delicious. But what I love the most about spring rolls is that they’re great to eat on the go!

Picnic charcuterie board

Picnic charcuterie board

Charcuterie boards are great for picnics. They’re simple to make but also very delicious. For picnics, it’s best to buy and prep all the ingredients beforehand and assemble everything on-site.


cinnamon rolls

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Who doesn’t love dessert? A sweet treat is the best way to end a great picnic. Some desserts perfect for a picnic are delicious cheesecake, brownies, cake pop, cupcakes, ice cream, and cinnamon rolls!

As you can see, planning a picnic is very simple. There’s no need for a fancy setup or complex dishes. The most important thing is to have a good time with your loved ones! If you have picnics, often you can always share your photos on Facebook or Instagram.

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