weather turns warm and delightfully balmy, it's impossible to
confine ourselves to the LED-lit indoors without wistfully gazing
out those oh-so inviting windows... <sigh!>
Spring fever: an interesting malady, because the only cure is to
succumb to it.
Welcome spring's splendor with a picnic -- even better, a picnic
party. Picnic parties lend themselves to inherent excitement with
breezy charm, whether they're casual family gatherings or themed
Our staff event planners have simple, yet effective ideas for
turning the most basic, everyday picnic into its own
Keep the food fuss-free and colorful, fun for adults and kids
alike. Think "finger friendly": sliced artisan breads or bolillos
(spectacular for sandwiches), deli meats or buffalo wings, two to
three cheese varieties, fruit & cut-up veggies with
vinaigrettes and/or mustard condiments. Voilà, done!
Watch the perishables, particularly as the temps climb. Everyone
has heard variations of the story about "a friend of a friend who
got food poisoning from the macaroni salad at the neighborhood
picnic." Fortunately, most cases of food poisoning are preventable;
just remember to mind your P's & Q's regarding food safety. Get
tips at FoodSafety.gov.
Kicking things up a notch...
Get a unifying color or element and turn your imagination loose.
Love the color blue? Select plasticware and cups in your favorite
shade(s), and go from there: You can extend the color to an entire
motif -- i.e., "blue" as in water (sailboats/beaches,
pirates/mermaids); air (airplanes, clouds, space/astronauts);
floral (Texas bluebonnets, irises), etc.
Give your picnic party a full-blown theme. For example, going
back to the color blue, you probably started to think of a few
themes as you went through the preceding short list: sailing/naval,
Pirates of the Caribbean, a picnic in the clouds/under the sea,
etc. Don't hesitate to consult with the wee ones for input, too!
Kids are amazing at offering clever brainstorm topics, and their
involvement guarantees that the picnic is truly inclusive of
everybody in your merry bunch.
Explore the picnic-related foods of different lands. An
international twist can be a small step, such as incorporating
Italian prosciutto or North African couscous, or it can become its
own theme, i.e., "Springtime in Paris."
Have a ridiculous amount of fun. If the process feels more like
work than play, you're trying too hard. Relax & cherish the
leisure time with family and friends -- the primary purpose of any