Ideas for Creating the Perfect Picnic

Picnics are held for various occasions, including but certainly not limited to annual company picnics, end of the year school picnics, club picnics, and so on.

Often a picnic will have a central theme such as Western, Luau, Mardi Gras, Fiesta, Vaudeville, Safari, Country Fair, Beach. Limited only by your imagination.

The perfect picnic requires planning. Start by picking the perfect location, and determining your budget. What essentials will you need to bring with you? What sort of theme and food will your picnic center around? What activities will keep children and adults entertained?

Location and Budget

First you need a guest list and a total to the number of guests that will attend.

Whether you will hold your picnic in your backyard, at a public park, or at the nearby lake, it is important to know what the area offers in terms of drinking water, restrooms, shaded areas, parking, places to sit and rest, trash receptacles and removal. Determine how you will accommodate your guests in these areas and pre-plan and budget for them accordingly.


Pack the Necessities

Be sure to bring essentials like bug spray, sunscreen, flashlights and trash bags. Do you have enough sitting areas? Will you need more tables or blankets? Is there electricity for the CD player? Or will you need rechargeable batteries?


Picnics are to be enjoyed, so don’t spoil your day by risking anyone’s health because of bad food preparation, storage or serving. Follow some basic guidelines and your picnic will be great. Always wash your hands before preparing food and before eating. Pack plenty of paper towels and moist towelettes. Cook all meat, fish, and poultry thoroughly to destroy all bacteria.

Even if you are having your picnic catered, pack plenty of extra paper cups, plates and plasticware, as well as a can and bottle opener, corkscrew, assorted kitchen utensils, salt and pepper, and condiments like mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, etc.

If you are skipping the usual hot dogs or tuna sandwiches, try our recipe section for delicious alternatives.

Activities and Entertainment

Think about your theme and guest list. Depending on the length of your picnic and budget, some ideas:

  • Carnival Game Booths
  • Horseshoes, Volleyball, Softball, Football Frisbee
  • Face Painters, Clowns, Caricature Artists
  • Paddle Boats
  • Piñata
  • Pony Rides
  • Sack Races, Egg Toss, Wheelbarrow Races