Planning a Summer Picnic for the Fourth of July

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Wherever you are planning to get away for the Fourth of July weekend, it’s likely that you’ll want to enjoy the summer sun with an outdoor picnic, I know I will be! Whether you’ll be on the beach, in the mountains, by the lake, or in the park, this checklist will have you prepared for a spectacular outdoor dining experience for a romantic duo or a small gathering of friends and family. And in case you want to go all out, I’ve pulled together some of my favorite picnic decor inspiration so you can wow your guests and get your gram on! Happy Fourth!

The Ultimate Picnic Checklist

  • Casual foods. Preferably sandwiches, salads, or other things you can eat without the need of a lot of utensils. Avoid foods with mayonnaise, and pack everything in lightweight, resealable containers.
  • Ice pack or bags of ice. Food can spoil and harbor bacteria when not stored at the right temperature. Keep everything cold with freezable ice packs, or fill a couple of resealable bags with ice cubes: They’ll chill food as it’s transported. Add ice cubes to drinks during the picnic. Empty out whatever remains before you go, for a lighter trip home.
  • Drinks. Bring an assortment of kid-friendly and adult beverages, such as bottled water and juice.
  • Condiments. Some ketchup and mustards come in mini jars that are small enough to throw in your tote. (Keep the jars to refill at home for your next picnic.)
  • Salt and pepper. Allow everyone to season their food to their liking on the spot.
  • Tableware, cups, and plates, and utensils. Whether you choose eco-friendly paper, plastic, or bamboo, lightweight, stackable dishes make packing easy.
  • Serving utensils, if needed. If you’re serving salads, you may need tongs or serving spoons.
  • Cutting knife. Look for one with a cover for safe transporting. Or wrap the blade in a kitchen towel.
  • Small cutting board. It’s always handy to have a firm surface for slicing meat, cheese, and bread.
  • Corkscrew or bottle opener. Or both.
  • Napkins. If you prefer not to use cloth, look for ones made of recycled paper or other materials.
  • Cleanup. Trash bags Don’t leave a mess behind. Dispose of everything you bring to the picnic site.
  • Moist towelettes. When you don’t have access to running water, these make it easy to wash up after eating.
  • Paper towels. Keep a roll on hand for mopping up spills and wiping bowls, containers, plates, and utensils before you pack them back up.
  • Blanket. It should be large enough to hold all your picnic-goers and food comfortably. A light one that folds small is a bonus.
  • Floor pillows. These are ideal for a comfortable seat, or to rest your head for a light post-picnic nap.
  • Tote, backpack, or picnic basket. Stow everything in a lightweight, roomy carrier.
  • Flowers and vases. Who doesn’t love flowers?
  • Tea light candles and glass holders. If your picnic is at dusk, you may want to add a layer of light to your picnic. Just be sure to use large glass tea light holders like mason jars to avoid small fires.
  • Wooden crate. This is perfect for transporting larger items, and it can be used as a table top.
  • Hat and sunscreen. Always a necessity when outdoors for an extended period of time.

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Ms. Jacqueline P.

Founder, Interior Designer, and Blogger

Recently featured in Design Milk, Luxe Interior and Design, Business Insider, and 7×7, Jacqueline Palmer is a young, multi-creative entrepreneur redefining design and style. Combining an interior design service and a lifestyle brand, she is captivating audiences around the world, and intriguing the evolving industry. Jacqueline began her artistic career in Santa Cruz, California as a painter, photographer, dancer, singer, and model, and moved to San Francisco to pursue a profession in design at the Academy of Art University. During her studies, she styled brand visuals for Williams-Sonoma Inc. while designing at an interiors firm and nannying, working three part-time jobs while enrolled in full-time courses. She also spent a summer abroad in Italy studying art history and architecture where she found a passion for European aesthetic. Upon graduating with a BFA in Interior Architecture and Design, she joined Kendall Wilkinson Design creating high-end custom homes and furniture for private clients. Exhausted of exclusively designing interiors at a traditional firm, Jacqueline launched A Design Lifestyle, to showcase her range of creative abilities and explore multiple design outlets. Her contemporary-eclectic design style can be seen in Bay Area and New York City homes and offices of tech and finance executives. Aside from her growing interior design business, Jacqueline also works in styling, fashion, production, events, travel, and tech. She has also been featured as a host for a home decor video series. In her spare time, Jacqueline volunteers for non-profits in San Francisco and Tanzania

1 Comment
  1. Pretty pics & great list girl!! Especially the paper towels, trash bags and moist towels, cutting board! I forgot those once and will never forget them again! Picnic veteran 🙂 Hope you have a lovely fourth!!

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