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Danielle Rollins Perfect Picnic Checklist

























With the warm weather and bountiful produce available now, it is the perfect season to pack up a delicious meal and head to the nearest park, beach or even your own backyard for a picnic. And, picnics don't just have to be during the day. What can be more romantic than a picnic under the stars or at an outdoor concert? So guys listen up – these easy tips will surely impress!

Before we get to the "what to pack," let's discuss what to pack it in! Here are some of the items I always bring with me:

• A large, soft blanket. It's a bonus if you get one with waterproof backing in case the ground is wet from the rain.

• A woven basket or sturdy tote that can carry all of your non-perishable food items and tableware.

• An ice chest & reusable ice packs to keep all of your food & beverages cold, such as pasta salad, champagne, or popsicles.


Now that you've got the main items needed to take your picnic on the road, you've got to fill them with delicious food & beverages and the essential utensils to enjoy them with!

When the weather is warm, I like to keep the food and beverages light, fresh, simple, & seasonal. Also, when planning your meal, be sure to think about what tools you might have available to you on-site (i.e., running water, a grill, electricity), as those will influence what you can bring.




Here are some things you might need to transport your food:

• Glass or plastic jars to hold your pre-made food and beverages. Weck makes great glass ones that you can dress up with some twine or ribbon!

• Wax paper and twine to wrap up individual sandwiches or desserts. It will be easy to pass out once you get there too!



Enjoyment Essentials:

• Forks, knives, and spoons. Try to use ones that can be washed and reused. I like Dwell's Bamboo Wood set that comes in 5 colors so you can tell whose is whose!

• Serving utensils. This could be a fun way to bring the indoors outdoor and add an element of surprise. Don't be afraid to use the nice stuff.

• A sharp knife and cutting board. You will probably bring some hearty bread or find that you need to cut vegetables into smaller slices, so it's helpful to have a sturdy knife and surface to cut on.

• Plates, bowls, and cups. Again, try to use ones that can be washed and reused. Melamine, tin, & even bamboo plates are great options if you don't want to worry about something breaking.

• Napkins. I like to use cloth napkins so I can wash and reuse while eliminating waste. Getting them monogrammed also adds a special personal touch.

• A corkscrew with a bottle opener. Nothing rains on your parade (or picnic!) like bringing delicious beverages and then not being able to open and enjoy them.

• A dishtowel. Always good to be prepared for spills.

• A couple of trash bags for clean up, so all you're left with are delightful memories of the time you spent with loved ones enjoying delicious food!

• If you're grilling, don't forget tongs, an oven mitt, and aluminum foil.



Some other supplies you may want to have handy:

• Music. Download a playlist & bring out the portable speakers to amp up the atmosphere!

• Insect repellent. Either bring bug spray for individual protection or place a few citronella candles around the picnic site. Just make sure you don't put the citronella-scented items too close to your dining area because it is a very strong scent.

• Hand sanitizer. The best part of a picnic is sharing food, but no one wants to share germs.

• Sunscreen. Protect your skin from getting burned while you're out in the sun.

• Sunglasses or a hat to keep the sun's rays at bay and you can see your company.



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