Picnic Ideas: Menus and Recipes for Outdoor Meals

Pack up your cooler with these easy outdoor meals for a fun family day or romantic soiree

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Customize your picnic packing with foods to suit your group

What better way to celebrate summer than to pack up the car with a picnic in tow

Whether you’re with the whole family, or preparing for a romantic sea-side soiree, here are some potential picnic menus that’ll turn your outdoor meal into the kind of sweet summer memories you savour forever.

Picnic Ideas for the Kids

  • Assortment of sandwiches such as pinwheels or rollups
  • Pre-cut fruit
  • Pre-cut veggies
  • Fruit leathers
  • Kids cookies
  • Juice boxes
  • Baby wipes

Picnic Ideas for the Romantic Couple

  • Italian soda
  • Maple salmon nuggets/smoked salmon
  • Assortment of cheeses
  • Crackers
  • Strawberries
  • Chocolate
  • Fruit tarts
  • Candle

Picnic Ideas for a Party

  • Chicken drumsticks
  • Tortilla chips and salsa
  • Potato salad
  • Sparkling lemonade
  • Brownies
  • Fruit skewers

Now that you’ve got your food taken care of, here’s a list of all the non-food essentials you’ll want to pack for your picnic.

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