Summer Picnic Survival Guide

Posted July 28, 2010, at 9:33 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:52 p.m.

The key ingredients to the perfect picnic all begin with the preparation. Here are some simple tips for hosting a great outdoor gathering.

* Chose a spot with a wide open space for activities and dining, ideally one with easy access to parking and public restrooms. Make sure there are trees nearby that provide plenty of shade, as keeping your guests comfortable is key to keeping them happy.

* Be prepared for some fun in the sun with sunscreen and hats, but also help guests keep cool by providing umbrellas and tents for shade. For an extra fresh reprieve from the heat, store spray water bottles (as well as bug spray) in your cooler for a personal self-misting station for guests.

* Think finger-friendly, prep-ahead items, like mini, individually-wrapped sandwiches. Or cut up seasonal veggies in advance – pack them in GladWare Snack Size Containers and let the kids mix and match to make their own personal salads.

* Bring portable speakers along with your favorite summer playlist and set-up an easy-to-assemble volleyball net. Or how about channeling your inner actor with a game of charades? Make sure there are activities that everyone can enjoy and your picnic will go off without a hitch.

For more information on picnic perfect tips and recipes, visit www.Glad.com.

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