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Considerations When Hosting a Picnic

International Picnic Day is Friday, June 18th. As things slowly open up, I am sure there will be more picnic around the world. Here are some tips — since we have likely gotten out of practice for planning them since the pandemic! LOL

Although hosting a picnic can be a fun and exciting experience for you, it can also be a stressful and overwhelming one. That is one of the many reasons why not all individuals can handle hosting their own picnics especially large ones. Before you decide to host one for your friends or family members, there are a number of important factors that you will want to take into consideration.


One of the many factors that you will want to take into consideration when trying to determine if you should host a picnic is the size. This fact impacts the picnic planning stages, as well as whether or not you even want to host anything. For that reason, you should make a list of the guests that you would like to invite. If you are concerned with hosting a large picnic, you may want to start out small and only invite a few of your closest friends and family members.

Picnic Location

Once you have identified the estimated number of picnic guests, you will then want then focus on the location. There are a number of different locations that are ideal for picnics. These locations tend to include state parks, local parks, campground parks, lakes, ponds, as well as in your own backyard. The size of your picnic may limit your options. For instance, if you have a small backyard, you may not be able to have a large function. In that instance, a state park or a local park may be a better option for you, and so forth.

Food Budget

As you likely already know, hosting a picnic involves a lot more than choosing a location or creating a guest list. As the host of a picnic, you will likely have to arrange all of the food and drinks, as well as purchase them. For that reason, think about how much money you want to spend. Creating a budget for yourself is nice, as it can serve as an important guide for you. A budget can help prevent you from spending more money than you need to or spending more money than you have.

Food Selection

Speaking of the food and drinks, you get to decide what food and drinks you would like to serve at your next picnic. You have the freedom to serve whatever you want. Popular picnic food includes barbeque meats, as well as sandwich meats. As for drinks, bottled drinks, such as bottled water, comes highly rated and recommended among many picnic goers. If you are looking to reduce the amount of money that you have to spend, you may want to think about having a potluck gathering. They can easily do this by bringing a side dish with them.

Picnic Safety

Another factor to consider is safety. While the country is opening up and lowering restrictions for gatherings, you still have to take social distancing and mask-wearing into consideration. You should determine how you want to handle the situation. How many of the potential guests have had their vaccinations? Will you try to maintain some level of social distancing? How many people will be attending? Check the CDC website for the latest guidelines


The above-mentioned factors are just a few of the many factors that you will want to take into consideration before you decide to host a picnic. While this may seem like a long, complicated, and overwhelming process sometimes, it’s often still worth it. With that in mind, you will find that the payoff makes all of the planning more than worth it.

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This article provides general information and discussion about health and related subjects. The information and other content provided in this article, or in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.

Considerations When Hosting a Picnic


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