Picnics are a favorite pastime that denotes lazy afternoons of days gone by. Usually picnics are held during warm summer months; however that is not the only time that one can be held. Indoor picnics, held in the living room floor, are a wonderful way to deal with “cabin fever” that winter months often bring.
Who should you invite?
The wonderful thing about picnics is that people of all ages enjoy them. Also, since the majority of picnics are held out of doors, there really is no limit to the number of guests that you can invite. Why not send invitations to every friend and/or family member that you know? Be sure to let them know that children are welcome! When sending the invitation, be sure to include the address and a rain date.
Where should you hold the picnic?
Picnics can be held in your yard, your living room, at the park, on the beach, on the bleachers at a sporting event, or on a church lawn. Picnics can also be held on tailgates of those traveling together. Any meal that is brought in a cooler or a basket, and eaten together can be defined as a picnic!
Years ago, having a family picnic was a major event. Remember that there were no fast food drive through restaurants and in fact, there were few restaurants at all. Therefore, the picnic was the alternative to the formal dining room. Ladies cooked chicken and pies and made delicious salads and carefully transported the food to the picnic site. Elaborate picnic foods have given way to the quickly made sandwiches and bags of chips in many places. Homemade pies have given way to boxed cookies and freshly squeezed lemonade has given way to cans of soda. The traditional wicker picnic basket has given way to a cooler chest. Whether you choose to revert back to traditional foods of days gone by, or take sandwiches and chips; the food always tastes better when eaten outside!
Children love to run and play tag, or throw a Frisbee in the open spaces that are plentiful at outdoor picnics. Older folks are content to sit in lawn chairs or around a picnic table and catch up on the latest news of family and friends, as well as to reminisce of days gone by. Setting up volleyball, badminton, croquet, and baseball are all excellent options for involving your invited guests of all ages.
Things to remember
The guests you have invited will appreciate the fact that as the host, you have taken the time to remember small details that will ensure their comfort. Picnics are often the site of unwanted insects, and therefore it is a good idea to have insect repellent on hand to offer your guests. Sunscreen will also be appreciated, as will the large umbrellas that you can erect to offer shade. Take the time to gather extra lawn chairs to bring to the picnic for guests who have forgotten theirs. Plastic tablecloths and extra silverware and paper products are an inexpensive way to provide for those who have forgotten them.