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Planning a Picnic

Picnics can be either a great family bonding experience, or they can be the perfect romantic getaway. All it really takes is a little planning and effort. Surprisingly planning a picnic is relatively easy, regardless of what your ultimate goal is. Simply follow these guidelines, and you will be able to plan a picnic that no one will soon forget.

  • What type of picnic are you going to have? One of the first things that you will need to think about is what type of picnic you are going to have. Do you want to have a picnic that is only for you and your significant other, your immediate family, or more of a social gathering for a dozen or so people? This is significant because a romantic evening picnic for you and your significant other is going to be different than the one you would hold for your friends and family during the daylight. While the generalities are the same, the details are not.
  • Choose a location. Depending on the type of picnic you will be having, you need to choose your location. For a romantic rendezvous, you should choose a place like the beach, the lake shore, or a glade or mountain glen. However, if you will be having a large get together, then you want to be sure you have it in a place that will have facilities that can help you out, such as at your local park.
  • Choose a date. While you can have your picnic on any day of the week, ideally you should have it on the weekend. This is so that you don't feel as rushed or hurried as you may normally feel when you have other engagements going on. If you do have it during the week, then make sure to schedule it during a time when nothing else is going on. Also, be sure that you check the day of your proposed picnic against the weather forecast to make sure that you don't get rained on, or experience some other kind of detrimental weather.
  • Remember that a picnic is portable. As you are planning your picnic, keep in mind that everything is supposed to be portable. This means that you usually pack everything in, and pack everything out. Limit your food and drink choices to what you can easily carry in a single basket or bin, along with all the other picnic supplies that you are going to need. If it is going to be a larger event, then make sure that everyone else who is coming also brings some things to avoid overloading a single person.
 

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