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Tips for Great Spring Picnics

In the depths of winter, many of us are contemplating fun spring activities. Take advantage of the awesome savings offered by Groupon coupons and select tickets from Ticketmaster for one of many outdoor concert options. If you have a fun picnic basket, go for it, otherwise, a cooler works just fine. Follow these suggestions from the professionals and you’ll not only enjoy a fabulous outdoor concert, but can dine like royalty at the same time.

Prepare as much in advance as possible. This requires advanced planning. Depending on the number of people in your party, you may need more than one cooler. Generally, it’s best to designate one cooler for drinks and ice and the other for food and cool packs. Making cool packs can be as simple as filling gallon zip lock bags with ice cubes. This will prevent the food items from getting wet and soggy. A canvas bag will suffice for tablecloths and paper products.

Light sandwiches and salads are best suited for picnics. The trick is to prepare items that can travel well without losing their structure or shape. For a fun dessert, select fresh seasonal fruit and dip it in melted chocolate. Let it set in the fridge on parchment paper until just prior to departure for the picnic. Pack in a flat container without any stacking. Pasta salads and bean salads can be made the day prior to the function and packed in containers ready to travel. Club sandwiches are a nice addition to a picnic lunch. Have ingredients on hand and assemble these at the last moment to prevent them from getting soggy. Pack individual sandwiches in sheets of aluminum foil.

Drinks can be as elaborate as nice wines with wine glasses or simply beer and a large thermos of lemonade or iced tea. Be mindful of how far you will need to walk from the car to the picnic area. If you’re carrying chairs and coolers, you might either need extra hands or a push cart. Either way, a little advance planning will set the stage for a wonderful afternoon. Enjoy!

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