You want your family to go on a picnic together. The weather is lovely, there is nothing on the TV and you have managed to drag the kids off the computer games. How can you make sure your picnic is memorable?
Here are some ideas:
Have a picnic in your back garden.
There is no need to travel. Just throw down a blanket and decorate with balloons and throw around some cushions. This is quick and a clever way to grab an hour or two with your kids.
Ban all devices and just sit and talk as a family for a short amount of time.
Have your picnic on a boat.
Take a boat to the middle of a river or lake and eat as a family as you bob about on the current. There is nothing more calming than being in the middle of a body of water. Also, Dad will become an expert in currents and how to get the most out of the boat – which can be funny to watch.
Encourage the Kids to Organize the Food!
Give them the freedom of the kitchen and the picnic basket. Leave when they tell you they are happy with what they have made for you all to eat… potentially a disaster… always interesting. I would suggest this might not be the option if you are trying to control the calories. There is likely to be a strong emphasis on cake, chocolate and crisps… but you know you have taken this option because you want to have a day of eating this stuff too.
Colorful Jars of Food.
Cut up different fruit and vegetables as brightly colored as you can and fill up jars with a good variety. These jars look awesome and are excellent to dip into as you are eating the picnic. It really is an interesting way of getting kids to eat healthier and it keeps the food fresh and easily protected from the wildlife.
Make a Campfire.
Make yourself a camp fire… even though you are not camping you still want to roast marshmallows and bake potatoes at the base of the fire. It also lovely to sit and watch as the light dims. It will keep people out talking late into the night. Make sure you dig a pit to build the fire it and ensure that it is completely doused with water before you leave.
The Snack that Smiles Back!
Give all your picnic foods faces… when you are making your sandwiches and cakes use salad and fruit to give all the food eyes, a nose and a mouth. You could make it a competition to see who can make the funniest of faces and maybe give food names… it gets a bit brutal when you start chomping down.
Hide Mini Treasures
Hide mini treasure in amongst the food so that people find surprises as they eat. I wouldn’t put these things in the food, otherwise the dentist will be busy, but in the packets. People will have moments of excitement or feel special, even if it is just a little love note.
Sit and Talk
Just sit and talk and eat slowly. This shouldn’t be unique… but in today’s world eating slowly and gently chatting is as rare as it comes. Sit quietly and enjoy each other’s company.