Last Updated on December 20, 2022
Technology has been highly beneficial to humanity, but it is often seen as a curse because people are always so entrenched in the virtual world that they have no time for in-person connections.
Picnicking is one of the few ways people connect to their loved ones. Additionally, the beautiful thing about picnicking is there are no limitations to how many people you can have at your party.
Whatever your reason for holding a picnic party is, be it a bridal shower, baby shower, reunion, you want it to be as engaging and remarkable as possible. Fret not, as the ten tips below, from location to games, food, style, décor, have been specially curated for you to ensure that you host the most remarkable picnic party anyone has ever seen. Without further ado, dive right in!
The first thing right after picking out the date of an event is the location. When most people think of picnics, they think outdoor, summer, and grass, but picnicking is much more. Having the best picnic party can be as simple as switching your location from the conventional ones above to something unique.
Apart from parks, beaches and gardens, picnics can be held in a treehouse, waterfall, or even a hill/mountain. There are so many possibilities; you just have to explore them!
But before settling on a place, note that the plethora of prime locations must tick the following boxes to be perfect.
- Parking space: It will be wise to ensure that there is enough space to park for you and your guests.
- Accessibility: For this condition, you want to be as inclusive as possible. Ensure your venue is easily accessible by your guests, no matter where they are coming from.
- Toilets: This is a must-have for all picnic parties; ensure that toilets are readily available.
- Shade: Regardless of the weather, you must ensure that your guests will be well protected from various weather elements. You can quickly solve this by renting out tents or canopies.
Food is life, and nothing guarantees a good time like having delicious food with amazing people. Having excess and variety of food at your picnic party will ensure its memorability.
If cooking a lot of food is stressful for you, you can make your picnic potluck by asking everyone to bring different dishes to share or just making your event a cookout/ barbecue. Serve according to the weather and environment; If the weather is hot, no one wants to be eating a sizzling hot dish, and if there is no way to heat food, no one wants to serve food that can cool down before consumption.
If you are not doing any of the above, your menu should include traditional and non-traditional picnic dishes like crackers, coleslaw, porridges, chips, sandwiches, finger food, and pies. You can never go wrong with fruits. As such, try to have as many fruits as possible in sizable bites. Additionally, have ice cream, brownies, and cakes for dessert at your party.
For ease, include food that needs little to no serving, so you do not need to deal with dirty dishes right after. Also, it would help if you had food platters for easy serving and an aesthetic meal presentation.
Drinks are just as important as food. Cool drinks will help guests cool down during a summer picnic party. You can have homemade drinks, especially fruit-flavored drinks.
These are more economical because you mix different fruits to make various drinks or use a single fruit to make a fruit drink. It could be pineapple, orange, strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, cucumber, or watermelon. Apart from fruit drinks, you can have non-alcoholic beverages like sodas, ice teas, and non-alcoholic wines. A diverse range of drinks makes your party pop.
4. Style and Décor
If there is anything better than having a prime location, it is a beautifully decorated one. Seating arrangements must complement your event; in the conventional garden/park, you can have the traditional set up of picnic mats and hampers.
A treehouse does not need any chairs, as they will take up too much space; a beach can have chairs and mats or either one; a waterfall might not need chairs as you can skillfully utilize the unique rock formation to get the perfect ambiance.
You can go a step further by having a color scheme and a theme. Decide on a color and match everything (food, mat, décor) with this color; inform your guests of your color scheme and theme so they can dress accordingly.
A themed event takes more effort but gives maximum satisfaction. Your theme could be rustic, vintage, seasonal, tropical, or Hollywood. The critical thing is to let your décor and guests match whatever you will be doing.
Flowers are your go-to decoration for any outdoor activity. The only reason you should not have flowers in your event should be because your party’s theme will clash with a flowery decoration. Flowers provide delightful aesthetics and fragrances. Also, they can be an excellent means to partition places.
Having a picnic party filled with flowers at every turn can be likened to walking down a field of flowers. Ultimately, you want your picnic party to be that remarkable.
Pillows have a way of elevating places/spaces while still ensuring comfort. You can transform your party from basic to something much more beautiful with a few pillows. As seats, they make everyone more comfortable than chairs, rugs, or blankets alone can ever hope to be.
Your guests will undoubtedly thank you for saving their backs and knees. A plus is that if you get tired of the pillows, you can make it into a game by starting a pillow fight or by throwing pillows. Just make sure to match your cushions to your color scheme and theme if you have one.
7. Create a picnic themed invitation/welcome sign
Another way to make your picnic party stand out is by doling out invitations. Rather than word of mouth or simple text, you can print out beautiful cards that match your theme (if you have one). It informs the guests of all there is to know about your party and makes your party unique because, let’s face it, not many people dole out IVs for picnic parties.
8. Games and activities
You cannot hold any party without a form of entertainment, and I am pretty sure there is a law that prohibits this folly. Spice up your picnic party with different activities and games; this guarantees a fun and memorable event. Some of such games are:
- Giant-sized games of chess, croquet.
- Board games like scrabble, chess, and monopoly.
- Table tennis.
- Paint and sip workshops, flower crown workshops, life drawing classes, wine tasting, and cooking competitions.
- Volleyball, face painting and sack races, and finally card games.
9. Picnic Party Hats
Party hats have a way of putting people in the right mood. As the party host, hand out theme-matching hats at the entrance. Your hats can be made from various things; they could be made from balloons or cardboards and could be made into different designs.
10. Prizes and Favours
After the party, give everyone a party favor. It could be in a small picnic basket (to match the picnic theme) or a paper bag.
Favors can either be edible or non-edibles. Your non-edibles include long-lasting items and are guaranteed to make your event memorable; they can be water bottles, unique bags, blankets, and knapsacks.
In light of everything happening in the world right now, companionship is becoming increasingly important. And while you will not always get to spend time with your favorite people, you should make it memorable when you do.
With these tips in hand, you have all you need to create a fantastic picnic experience. Good luck!