How to Make a Memorial Day Picnic

By TBSP Susan
Created March 10, 2017
How to Make a Memorial Day Picnic
Perhaps it's been a while since you planned a picnic, and you need a few pointers. No prob! MORE+ LESS-

What's Memorial Day without a picnic? A boring one, that's what.

Still deciding what to do this Memorial Day? Instead of just sitting around and wasting your day off, you could head out to a park or beach with a basket full of killer treats – it's fun for the whole family, as well as a group of friends.

Maybe it's been a while since you planned a picnic, and you need a few pointers. No prob! Just follow the instructions below for an awesome meal – just watch out for Yogi and Boo Boo.

Plan your meal

Everything just seems to taste better when you eat it outside on a nice day, right? That means that you can put together some super simple fare and everyone will be impressed and happy nonetheless.

Sandwiches are an obvious choice for a main course because they're portable, filling and not messy. But think beyond ham and cheese or peanut butter and jelly. These Mini Turkey Focaccia Sandwiches may be small in stature, but they're mighty in flavor. Slow Cooker Pulled Jerk Pork Sandwiches are another creative twist on an old school fave.

You're going to want some sides to go along with your sammys, so why not try Sweet Potato Salad? It's healthier than the version made with white spuds because sweet 'taters pack in tons of vitamins and fiber.

Don't forget about beverages, people! Refreshing Old Fashioned Lemonade is always a hit, but if you're heading to a locale that's alcoholic beverage-friendly, consider going for this Blueberry Hard Lemonade.

Pack your goods

Now is the time to put those food storage containers to use, as you don't want any of your delectable treats spilling all over the place. Be sure everything is sealed tightly, and if you're feeling unsure, then double bag it with a sturdy, sealable bag.

Ice packs will make sure your drinks stay cool and your salad doesn't spoil, so use them freely. Insulated pads and carriers can help warm dishes stay that way, and also keep them from transferring heat where it's not wanted.

Don’t forget to pack a blanket, paper towels, plates, silverware and cups. Also, bring some games and make a day out of it – after all, you only get so many days off during the warm seasons.