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How to Host an Awesome Picnic

Updated on March 1, 2012


Realistically, your picnic can be held anywhere - in a park, in your backyard, in a tree, next to a pool, on a bed, or in your living room. If you live somewhere cold, don't feel like you have to miss out on the novelty of a perfectly executed picnic!

If you have the privilege of living somewhere very scenic, like near a beach, lake, or mountain, take advantage of it!

You probably want to find someplace open, but with shady areas, so you and your guests won't overheat - and don't forget to pack sunscreen!

While it is certainly fun to picnic in the sun, with the smell of freshly cut grass and the sounds of birds tweeting nearby, one of the best picnics I've ever had was on my best friends bed while it poured outside.


Anyone can be invited to your picnic. I generally advise humans as the best sort of guest, but if you're just having one of those days, you might prefer a picnic with your dog, cat, or some stuffed animals.

The best kind of picnic is an impromptu picnic, so don't feel like this is something you have to plan and prepare for. I find that the most fun picnics are the spontaneous ones - held the day you think of it! If you do opt to invite humans to your picnic, just send out a simple text message to the chosen few. "Picnic at my house, noon, bring food!"

Food and Drinks

Without food, your picnic is really only going to be you, sitting 'criss-cross applesauce' on a rug, twiddling your thumbs. I know how fun that sounds, but I urge you to consider finding something to eat instead...

If you are a wizard in the kitchen, maybe you'll want to really impress your friends (or pets and stuffed animals...) with Martha Stewart Living-worthy cupcakes and brownies. If not, then head on over to your nearest supermarket!

What you serve at your picnic really depends on the mood you're going for. Some picnics operate on the "sugar overload" principle, others have a theme, and some just call for tasty food!

Some classic picnic foods are sandwiches, chips, cheese and bread, popsicles, and brownies. Don't forget the sweet tea or lemonade!


Setting the Mood

There are many ways to set the mood for your picnic.

Something to Sit On:
What you use to sit on is actually very important to your picnic. It also varies based on where your picnic is taking place. If you will be dining in your living room, a bedspread on the floor might be perfect. If you're headed to the park or a backyard, you probably want a thick towel or an old plastic tablecloth.

Music and Games:
If you want music to help set the mood at your picnic, bring your iPod and some speakers. You can set up a playlist specifically for your picnic, or just turn your iPod to "shuffle."
Items like kites, board games, flowers, magazines, cameras, soccer balls, books, or bubbles are just a few of the great additions to any picnic.

Dress Code:
A dress code can make your picnic fabulous - but don't forget to let the rest of your guests in on the dress code with plenty of time to spare. A fairy-themed picnic calls for long, flowy skirts and floral hair clips. A royal picnic will be enhanced by fancy pinky rings and velvet capes. Other themes include black-and-white, love, mermaids, or princesses!

Really, if you are spending time with people you like and having fun, your picnic can be considered a success!


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