On 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.