Preparing the Perfect Picnic

Florida's weather is great for the outdoors all year long. Rain, shine, or snow (okay, no snow), you can find a nice spot for a picnic. What’s not to love about admiring nature’s beauty, bonding with a loved one, and eating plates full of yummy food while sipping refreshing drinks? Florida picnics are an affordable, relaxing and fun way to spend quality time with family or friends.  They’re also a nice break from the norm.

Where will you have the picnic?

  • You can choose the beach, a local park, or your very own backyard.
  • Remember to consider the time of day you want to plan for, as that can affect the location.
  • If you plan on grilling, pick a location that provides grills or allows grilling.

What’s on the menu?

  • Choose dishes that don’t require much maintenance, travel well, and are relatively easy to assemble.
  • Determine how much food you will need to purchase and/or prepare.
  • If you prefer not to cook, store-bought items are a good alternative.
  • Prepare your food a day early so all you have to do is pack the next day.

What will you need?

  • Determine if there’s an available picnic table or if you need bring a blanket.
  • If you have foods that need to stay chilled, you may want to locate a cooler.
  • If you don’t have a picnic basket – don’t fret. You can use a sturdy cardboard box, plastic bags, or a beach bag.
  • Based on what’s on the menu, you may need utensils like forks, spoons (sporks are a great option), napkins, and paper plates.
  • Don’t forget trash bags, insect repellent, and sunscreen.

Picnic Time!

Once all the food has been purchased, prepared, and packed up, it’s time to hit the road! Make sure to wear appropriate clothing for your location and bring a few games or activities.