My five year old, Amelia, loves picnics. She is asking at least once a week if we can eat dinner picnic style in the backyard. I say no too often, but when I do say yes, we have a blast! Here are a few keys to a proper pre-school picnic:
- Picnic foods must be easy to eat. Not necessarily all finger foods, but nothing that has to be cut with a knife.
- Picnic foods must be fun! We can have a stuffy, boring dinner inside at the table. When we eat outside, the food must be exciting.
- Make it as cute as possible, otherwise you’re just sitting outside in the dust (Oklahoma…it’s windy and dusty) fighting bugs off your lunch/dinner.
- Don’t worry if it’s not perfect. Life is messy.
Here are some fun picnic foods to try with those people in your life who you are crazy about:
- Pickle Roll-ups. My good friend BaLinda introduced me to these little babies a few years ago. Be careful, they are addictive!
- Pasta salad. Who doesn’t like pasta salad? You could serve it in little plastic cups with lids or little jelly jars, if you’re feeling southern-fancy.
- Campfire ham sandwiches. Grill ’em and eat ’em or bake ’em and take ’em. Who could say no to this?
- Pressed sandwiches– for the more sophisticated picnic goer.
- Fruit kabobs– They’re colorful. They’re fun. They’re irresistible!!
Now that we’ve got the food, let’s talk about where we’re going to eat. Pick a spot that makes you happy. You want to really enjoy what you see, hear and smell. It could be a nearby park, by a pond, stream or lake, or in your own backyard. Just make sure it’s pleasing to you and your crew. If you don’t have a cutesy, perfect picnic blanket and picnic basket set, don’t even worry about it! Paper plates and plastic forks work just fine. Any old heavy blanket will do, or you could set up a picnic table. We have a little bistro set on our back patio and my kids are content with that.
Here’s a picture of my table- just because I love it and I want you to oooh and aaahh over it!