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6 Wacky & Wonderful Picnic Themes to Kick Off a Fun Family Summer
June 12, 2013 at 8:45 AM

6 Wacky & Wonderful Picnic Themes to Kick Off a Fun Family Summer

by Mary Fischer 

picnicOn any given summer afternoon, you really can't go wrong with packing up a picnic basket, heading to the park or beach, and enjoying a lazy day with the family. Who doesn't love indulging in a little quality time while savoring all sorts of delicious treats (and maybe even a little vino if the mood should strike you?)

But while there's definitely nothing wrong with the typical picnic we all know and love -- complete with a Frisbee, sandwiches and potato salad, and a blanket, why not impress everyone by kicking things up a notch and getting a little bit creative?

Incorporating one of these fun picnic themes into your summer activities will keep things interesting, and delight the entire family for sure.

  1. Fiesta -- Turn your picnic into a south of the border party by packing up tortilla chips, salsa, guacamole, nachos,  -- or you could even set up a taco bar. And entertainment is a cinch, especially if you bring along a pinata filled with all sorts of goodies -- and have everyone dress in sombreros.
  2. Luau -- Bring a little Hawaii to your next picnic by having your family wear leis, and savor traditional luau foods such as tropical fruits like pineapple and coconut. And while roasting a whole pig may be a bit excessive, at least pack pulled pork sandwiches, and don't forget the mai-tais. And everyone will have a blast working off their feast with a little hula dancing and a friendly game of limbo.
  3. Safari -- Turn your ordinary picnic into an adventure by packing binoculars and taking the family on a wild animal hunt through the "jungle" -- even if you only wind up spotting a few chipmunks. Pack trail mix for snacks along the way, and then once everyone regroups, serve a veggie tray with dips, fruit salad, cheese and crackers, finger sandwiches -- and don't forget the canteens!
  4. Pirate Beach Party -- Ahoy, Matey! Digging for buried treasure on the beach provides hours of entertainment, and you never know -- you just might find something that's worth your weight in gold. For the menu, serve up grilled chicken with a fresh mango salsa, a yummy rum cake for dessert, and maybe whip up a few mojitos and bring a pitcher of Planter's Punch.
  5. Circus -- Ok, so your picnic may already be a circus without the theme -- but does it get any more fun than this? Popcorn, Cracker Jacks, peanuts, cotton candy, and hot dogs will make everyone feel like a kid again. And setting up carnival games like a ring toss, fishing while blindfolded, and a balloon popping booth will make sure everyone leaves your picnic a winner.
  6. Wild West -- Pretend you're on a dude ranch instead of at the park or in your own backyard and serve up baked beans, barbecue ribs, and cornbread, and apple pie or strawberry shortcake for dessert. Have a lasso competition, sit around the campfire to tell stories and sing songs, or get out the cards for a game or two of poker.

Do you picnic?

What kind of fun picnic themes have you tried?


  • kmath
    by kmath
    June 12, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    We like to do picnics but we have never done a theme one.  I might have to try that this year!

  • bluerooffarm
    June 12, 2013 at 9:08 AM

     We love picnics!  We do shape meals---everything we eat is circles or round.

    We do color meals--- eat the rainbow or eat everything one color.

    Stars and Stripes-- star fruit, cut cheese into stars, red strawberries and blueberries, strips of sandwiches, etc. (We do that over Labor day and Memorial day each summer)

  • blueyedbaker
    June 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    On nice sunny days we always have a picnic. We have a pond with a deck we like to go sit on and eat lunch then the girls try to catch fish with their nets. They have so much fun.  Never did a theme though.

  • usmom3
    by usmom3
    June 12, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    None, but we are planing a picnic or 2 for our vacation week!

  • JayDee38
    June 21, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Themed picnics sound so fun! We like to do picnics right in our own backyard

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