Summer is here and it is time for outside family fun. Our family loves to go hiking, camping, swimming, and picnicking. (did I spell that right?) Since we have a preschooler and a toddler it is sometimes hard to have a picnic at a park due to unfamiliar surroundings.
Our immediate family unit had a small picnic at our home. It consisted of hot dogs, chips, coleslaw, macaroni salad and baked potatoes. For dessert we had S’mores. They were DELICIOUS!
The kids played on the swing set and my husband, me, and my teen sat and fiddled with the fire or just talked. It was a great night.
As I made out the picnic food list staying on target with our budget is necessary.
We try to save money in all ways at the grocery store, so we did not want to expand our budget to much. I used as much as we had on hand and it also helped that last week Meijer had a 10 for $10 on alot of cookout items such as buns, ketchup etc. So I stocked up on alot of items.
How do you save money on the grocery budget but still include impromptu ideas such as a cookout or a picnic? Well, I am going to tell you.
What do you pack in the picnic basket to save on time and carrying one extra item along with kids?
Here are a few ideas from:
Picnics should never be rushed, and the trick is to prepare all of your food in advance as much as possible. Fruit should be washed and cut, and any excess packaging on your food items should be removed. Pack your “basket” in this order:
- On the bottom: wine bottle, utensils, pasta salad & ice
- On the side: slide in your plates
- In the middle: cheese, fruit and dessert
- On the top: bread, green salad and ground cloth
This website gives a very detailed list of what to bring, how to pack it, and what to pack it in. I agree with most of it, except no wine when I have my kids.
So here is how I pack us a quick picnic lunch with kids:
These ideas will save time, money, and stress.
1. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They are always a hit. Kids love to make them all by themselves, so I bring an old blanket that it is ok to get all stained up. My husband and I also enjoy PBJ sandwiches.
2. Plastic silverware is must. I usually bring baby spoons or forks because I am paranoid that the regular plastic wear will break off when the kids are eating.
3. Pack a small cooler for drinks. I don’t like for my food, containers’ or Ziploc to get wet. I try to pack waters or juice drinks that are easily disposable.
4. Individual chip bags and vegetable cups. I bring the disposable ranch cups for dip.
for an extra treat I bring for dessert some kind of a treat the kids do not usually get to eat. Such as a snowball, or piece of cake.
5. The last item on my list that I never forget to pack is BUG SPRAY! Pests at a picnic are annoying and distract the kids.
Here are some pictures of our “working” picnic over Memorial weekend.
We are re-building our old shed. For our family if its broke just fix it. We don’t buy new. It will look better when the whole shed is painted.
The kids really worked well and there was no fighting. (Yeah!)
Somebody had to take a break after such strenuous work. By the way, we bought the jeans like this, he didn’t work that hard!
This is everybody getting ready for the big race. We live in Indy so we have the 500 race every year. I thought for fun we would turn our home into a race track. The kids loved it! We put the blue tape down from the hallway to the kitchen and around the living room.
The tape was painter’s tape so that it would not leave any marks.
This was the baby’s car. He giggled sooo much!
So, try something new. If time is of the essence throw together a quick picnic in they yard,or just eat outside. The best part is the clean up!
Picnics are fun for everyone. Spontaneous people, organized people, and unorganized people can throw together a picnic in an hour.
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