How to Throw the Perfect Kid’s Picnic
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Ever since school ended in early June, one of my children’s favorite ways to enjoy the warm summer weather is by playing outdoors. I guess you could say that they truly did celebrate Get Outdoors month this past June. Whether it be a game of Frisbee, catching bugs, chasing butterflies, or even making mud pies; my kids love being outside. Some days, it is even a struggle to get them inside to eat because that means less time playing under the sun. That is why I decided that this year, I would allow them to have the perfect kid’s picnic complete with macaroni & cheese.
Typically, our family enjoys lots of BBQ’s and cookouts with family and friends, but we have never intentionally had a picnic. I thought a picnic would be a great way for my kids to get even more fresh air all while enjoying their lunches. Since school is out, I have much more leeway on the types of meals they can eat. Sandwiches or salads are no longer the norm due to school time constraints at lunch.
Now, they can enjoy their favorite lunch which happens to be macaroni & cheese. Specifically, I like to buy varieties like Back to Nature Made with Organic Pasta Macaroni & Cheese Dinner, or varieties with silly shapes like Back to Nature Made with Organic Silly Sea Life Macaroni & Cheese Dinner.
As mentioned, this was my first time putting together a picnic outside so I wanted it to be fun and enjoyable for my 3 kids. Since they loved it, I wanted to share How to Throw the Perfect Kid’s Picnic with you all just in case you want to be more adventurous with your children.
How to Throw the Perfect Kid’s Picnic:
Find the Perfect Outdoor Space: We are lucky enough to have some beautiful maple trees in our yard which provide cooling shade to many spots. I decided that the shade was a great spot to set up our picnic.
Choose a Blanket: We used a thick Navajo blanket as our picnic spread. It made for comfy spots to sit down and enjoy some lunch and avoid grass stains.
Gather Utensils: Disposable plates, bowls, cups, and napkins help to make cleanup a breeze. Consider packing these types of items in your basket for easier transport, and cleanup.
Choose a beverage: My kids love water so much that it is their beverage of choice. I added some fresh water to a large spout jug with some ice so they could easily refill their paper cups.
Decide on a Dish to serve: While sandwiches, and finger foods are the norm for picnics, I wanted to suggest a food that most kids love and adore: macaroni & cheese. My three children LOVE Back to Nature Made with Organic Pasta Macaroni & Cheese Dinner and one box produces the perfect suggested serving for each of them.I buy several boxes each week at Target because my kid’s love this easy meal so much. To prepare it, I made this product inside and was easily able to deliver it to their picnic area without a hitch.
My kids love the cheesy, creamy, and very delicious fun shapes this brand has to offer. As a parent, I love that it is made with ingredients that are free of artificial flavors, preservatives, and synthetic colors. Plus, it is a good source of protein and calcium which my sometimes picky eaters need to grow strong.
Choose some entertainment: My girls decided that they wanted their doll friends to attend the picnic. Maybe your child has a special doll, bear, or toy that they would like to include at their picnic? Perhaps, they would like a real-life friend to attend as well? To keep my kids busy after eating, I also provided some old fashion outdoor entertainment like paddle ball, bubbles, and sidewalk chalk.
So, did I cover everything on how to throw the perfect kid’s picnic? I am thinking outdoor family picnics are in order next time so that we can all enjoy the great outdoors, and some warm macaroni & cheese.
July 14th was National Mac & Cheese Day, but around here, macaroni & cheese is celebrated any day!
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Audrey McClelland says
These are great tips. You really can’t go wrong when you add mac and cheese to anything involving the kiddos.
Tara Noland says
Mac and cheese and kids go hand in hand. It is a nice treat for a picnic day too and easy on mom!!
I haven’t had a picnic in such a long time. I don’t think I’ve ever done one with my girls. I have to try this out now. I can’t believe I forgot about this. :)
My son is always wants to have a picnic. Here where we live it’s too hot to do it in the summer so we usually do them in the spring in the fall outside, and then in the summer we do indoor picnics in fact we did one today.
When I think about having a picnic, I always think of finger foods. But I love the idea of mac-n-cheese. It’s one of kids’ favorite foods and would perfect for their own little picnic.
William Sweeney says
My kids would love to take mac and cheese on a picnic. What fun picnic idea i can’t remember the last time we went on one.
Lisa Favre says
This looks like such a fun picnic! My nieces would love some mac and cheese!
Cathi Crismon says
Ahhh…. the organic healthy version of what my kids grew up on. I can feel good about buying/making this for my grandkids. They would be happy campers!
Ann Bacciaglia says
We love to go on picnics. I will have to plan one for this weekend as a surprise for the kids.
I will have to pick up some Back to Nature Made with Organic Pasta Macaroni & Cheese Dinner. I was thinking of taking the kids on a picnic this weekend.
Ash Sears says
What a fun idea when the kids don’t want to come inside to eat! Bring the food outdoors to them with a picnic. That mac and cheese looks so yummy.