Picnic Essentials for the Summer

Picnic Essentials for the Summer | Christies Bakery

I'm sure we've all been enjoying Spring's warm sun over the last couple weeks. Even though there's still a chance of snow (it is Saskatchewan after all) patios are getting set, barbeques have been fired up, and a general sense of happiness is in the air. I've taken a couple walks down to Rotary Park recently and the grass was populated with slack-liners, cyclists and spike ballers.

Now that the snow has melted (for the most part) my girlfriend and I decided to go out for a nice old fashioned picnic. Packing our bags brought back memories of going on picnics with my parents on the weekends growing up. If you were looking for something to do now that we can be outside without freezing our fingers off, here’s a list of what I consider critical to create the perfect and classic picnic.

Blanket

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with going commando and foregoing a picnic blanket, but when I close my eyes and think of a picnic I picture a bright red and white checkered blanket. Of course, any large towel or blanket will work, whatever keeps your bums from catching grass stains!

Beverages

Just so it’s been said, water is always an essential, no matter the situation. Besides that, I think of sparkling beverages being shared on a picnic. Unless we’re sticking to our own yards, champagne isn’t an option, but to keep the bubbles flowing we can opt for sparkling water or any other carbonated drink. Iced tea would also be a fantastic beverage to sip on a nice Spring day.

Utensils

Of course if we’re eating some food, more specifically bread and cheese, it’s going to be hard to do so without some proper utensils. Napkins are a must, and depending on what you bring, plates and some cutlery may be required as well. I have a set of travel forks and knives for just this scenario, but grabbing a couple things from the kitchen isn’t a bad idea, nor is using paper plates and plastic cutlery, as long as they’re disposed of properly.

Entertainment

This will depend on the situation and who’s going on the picnic, but a portable speaker to play some music might be useful if the sounds of nature aren’t entertaining enough. For a more quiet and laid back session, a good book always works, and a deck of cards lends itself for a handful of games to play. And if there’s enough room to carry it, a frisbee always seems meant to be thrown at the park.

The Food

It's no picnic without food! But picnic foods need to meet a certain criteria: if it can’t fit in a picnic basket, it’s not making the trip. Fruits and veggies are great, and if the kids are coming along some pre-made sandwiches (maybe with some Prairie Grain Bread?) will satisfy everyone’s hunger. For a more romantic approach, some bread and cheese would be a nice idea. It's a classic look to have a baguette or two poking out of your basket or bag. Add some spread or a wedge of butter with a knife and you're set! but I wouldn’t say anything if you snagged a baguette for your picnic adventure. If you don’t want to carry that around, crackers would also work.

Utensils

Of course if we’re eating some food, more specifically bread and cheese, it’s going to be hard to do so without some proper utensils. Napkins are a must, and depending on what you bring, plates and some cutlery may be required as well. I have a set of travel forks and knives for just this scenario, but grabbing a couple things from the kitchen isn’t a bad idea, nor is using paper plates and plastic cutlery, as long as they’re disposed of properly.

At the end of the day, what you bring and what you do isn’t as important as being able to enjoy the opportunity to get outside. We only get a handful of warm months in Saskatoon, and they never seem to last as long as we’d like. As long as we’re smart and safe about it, a picnic in Spring seems like a fun way to get a jumpstart on doing just that.

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