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7 Things You Need for the Perfect Fall Picnic
This post has been sponsored by Pepto-Bismol. All opinions are my own. #PinkRelief
Planning a picnic is such a fun thing to do and now that fall is here, the weather in Atlanta means that this is PERFECT picnic weather. With high in the 70's, we spend almost every weekend having a picnic at some of the parks near our house. We have done this for years as a family.
Once you have decided on the location, it is time to figure out what to feed everyone and what to bring along with you to ensure that your picnic will be a success. We keep a bag of games in our car that include a frisbee, kickball, travel games, hackey sack and more. We bring it with us everywhere because we never know when there will be time to play and after partaking in a picnic, that seems to be a great time for some activity.
1. Get a good, solid picnic basket.
A good picnic basket is key for any time you want to have a picnic. We have the basket pictured above and while we have owned it for close to 10 years, it still looks great and will last for many more year. The basket has enough supplies for 4 people and comes with plates, forks, knives, spoons, plastic wine glasses, and cotton napkins plus salt and pepper shakers and a bottle opener. There is enough room for all of your food and beverages as well.
Make certain to pack your basket in reverse order so when you are setting up your spread, everything is right in place.
Although the temperature is a little cooler at this time of year, there may be some perishable items that really need to be kept cool. The beauty of this cooler is that it is multi-purpose. Since it rolls and has a handle, you can put the picnic basket right on top and bring everything at once. The top of the cooler can also function as a table if needed.
3. Choose a menu of items that are easy to put together and will travel well.
The easiest way to have a picnic is with foods (like sandwiches on rolls) that can easily be put together, foods in bowls with lids, foods that don't require a lot of sauces or cutting, items that can be served a room temperature and things that don't get soggy. Plan your menu well and you will be thrilled with the results.
Every good picnic needs to be able to be cleaned up quickly. Bringing extra items like napkins, moist towelettes, papertowels and trash bags means that you can get everything put away quickly and carry on with your picnic.
I know that I previously mentioned this but make certain that you have containers that will travel well. Lightweight serving bowls with lids work well for picnics because you can eat our of them as well. I prefer to use environmentally friends alternatives to foil, plastic wraps and throwaway containers.
A good blanket is essential for the perfect picnic. Here in Georgia we tend to get a lot of rain in the fall and although the temperatures are definitely nice, the ground may be wet in some cases. We have this blanket above and what makes it so great is that the actual blanket is a nice, cushy fleece material but the bottom is made from waterproof plastic. We have used this blanket for picnics and sporting events for year.
7. Pack the Pepto.
Make certain to add Pepto-Bismol (available in a variety of flavors) to your picnic basket. Pepto-Bismol comes in forms besides liquid such as chewable, caplet and children’s forms. This makes it very easy to stay prepared for whatever comes up.