Plan the Perfect Family Picnic This Spring

in TASTEMAKERS

By Corey Whelan

Remember the good old days—didn’t you love classic family picnics?

Maybe you spent the day trying to avoid sitting on pebbles, or combating the ants marching up your soggy tuna sandwich. But even with the occasional rain drop or two, it was probably a magical day filled with spring activities, the attention of grownups, and the simple joy that comes from being together.

Check out this how-to-make-it-awesome list and get ready for a fabulous, al fresco spring fling:

Go Plaid or Go Home

A cute, cushy blanket to sit on is a must-have at a family picnic.

4 Person Picnic Backpack with Insulated Cooler and Plaid Blanket by Picnic Pack USA from WayfairThe 4 Person Picnic Backpack with Insulated Cooler and Plaid Blanket by Picnic Pack USA is a one-stop solution, providing comfy seating as well as glassware, flatware, and tons of other picnicking essentials, all in an easy-to-carry backpack.

The insulated cooler keeps food and drinks fresh (can you say “Chablis”?) and an adorable, waterproof-backed plaid blanket, matching napkins, stainless steel utensils for four, and wine and cheese service set are included. It’s super roomy, too—so you can stuff lots of yummy things to eat in there.

Southwest Appetizer Trio by Neiman MarcusLots of Yummy Things to Eat

What’s a family picnic without fabulous food? Picnics are perfect for a little bit of this and that. Go ready-made with special treats that you can heat up before heading out, like the Southwest Appetizer Trio available through Neiman Marcus. Another great idea is bringing along classic cookout foods (like hot dogs, hamburgers, and corn on the cob) that can be prepared on-site for a delectable, fresh feast.

Coleman Fold N Go Charcoal Grill at Bass Pro ShopsOf course, you’ll want to make sure to bring the user-friendly, lightweight, portable Coleman Fold ‘n Go Charcoal Grill for easy cooking and cleanup—and don’t even think about forgetting dessert.

Adults and kids alike adore spring-themed sweets like these pretty, pastel Spring Flower Cookies.

The Gently Wafting Sounds of . . . Whatever

Your crew may pine for Taylor Swift, Tchaikovsky, or Coldplay, but whatever music is on the menu, be sure to enjoy the soundtrack to your amazing day with the Portable Bluetooth Party Speaker. Easily stream audio directly from your phone, or use the included RCA jacks to connect to a CD player or tape deck (if you’re getting really nostalgic). Either way, the built-in battery will keep the party going for more than four hours.

Work Off That HamSpikeball Combo Outdoor Game Set from Bass Pro Shops

Physical and fun spring activities are a must at a family picnic. Bring a Frisbee, football, or the uber-cool Spikeball Combo Outdoor Game Set and get ready to (happily) lose a few games to your kids.

After all, that’s how fabulous family memories are made.

Get your family moving with the easily-portable, fast-paced Spikeball Combo Outdoor Game Set, available at Bass Pro Shops!

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