The 7 Different Types of Picnics

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Family picnics are great opportunities to create memories, strengthen bonds, and to simply enjoy some fresh air. They don’t have to be elaborate affairs and can be as simple and easy as bringing a blanket, some leftovers, and a frisbee for the kids to play with. 

Here are a few types of picnics you could enjoy with family year round in San Diego.


1. Homemade

Don’t worry about cooking a three-course meal and packing dozens of containers. Involve your kids in picnic prep. All they need is a sandwich, piece of fruit, steamed veggies, and a bottle of juice or lemonade. You could even use picnic prep as an opportunity to teach younger kids how to prepare their own snacks and build important skills.

2. Pre-Made Snacks

Don’t have the energy to prepare food at home? Simply stop by your local grocery store for pre-made meals and snacks, like salads, sushi, sandwiches, cheese and ham trays, cut fruit, and bottled drinks.

3. Simple Appetizers

One way to keep kids occupied and out of trouble is by giving them food to dip. Fun foods they’ll enjoy dipping at a picnic include French bread, chips, vegetables, and even fruit. Hummus, guacamole, salsa, and sour cream dips are a few great options to consider. For adults, you could bring a crab dip or a pre-made specialty ceviche.

4. Backyard Grilling

If packing kids into your minivan sounds like too much work, then have a picnic in your backyard. They’ll enjoy fresh air and it’ll be easy for you to keep an eye on them. 

For entrees, you could make hamburgers, chicken kabobs, hot dogs, and sausages. And for sides, choose simple finger foods like carrots, cantaloupe slices, watermelon cubes, and veggie chips.

Spread a blanket on the grass, bring out the cooler, and fire up the grill. 

5. Themed

Picnics are enjoyed around the world, and you could bring a taste of international cuisine to your next picnic in San Diego. Whether you’re in the mood for French, Chinese, Korean, or Spanish food, a picnic is a great opportunity to try new foods while enjoying the outdoors.

6. Leftovers

Forget about cooking and just focus on the fun with a leftovers picnic. Simply heat up last night’s dinner, pack a few appetizers, and bring bottled drinks. 

7. Catered

If you’re celebrating a special occasion, a catered picnic is a great way to take things up a notch and impress your guests with a carefully crafted menu and presentation. Give Picnic People a call to order catering for your next picnic in San Diego.

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