Pack a Picnic: Entertaining on a Budget

Picnics are a fabulous way to dine al fresco for less. As days get warmer and longer, plan an early spring picnic out at your local park to enjoy and observe nature as it thaws and starts anew.

Have a nature scavenger hunt for kids and have them collect flowers, leaf buds, and spot robins. If your picnic is just adults, take a small hike on a local nature trail or pop open a bottle of chardonnay and toast the passing of winter (our favorite budget-friendly chardonnay is Double Dog Dare, you can find it for $6 or less). No matter what you do on your picnic, make sure you pack some fabulous food.

A picnic shouldn’t mean boring sandwiches or stress. Of course, you can’t go wrong with hotdogs and chips, but don’t get stuck in a picnic rut. Use picnics to try new foods, different salads and sandwiches. If you are picnicking with friends, instead of having everyone just pack their own food, divide up the duties. Have one friend bring the salads, one bring the drinks, one bring, sandwiches, and the other desserts. It’s a great way to ease stress and to taste other people’s picnic recipes.

Get out of your PB&J picnic rut and try some new delicious and easy picnic-friendly foods like cherry chicken lettuce wraps and s’more brownies.