Your Complete Guide to Outdoor Picnic Party Planning

Planning a picnic isn’t too different from planning a party, except that it’s outdoors and seating is usually on the ground. But if you’ve never hosted a picnic, here’s everything you need to take care of.

1. Event date and time

Do you want to have your picnic on the weekend or on a weekday? Weekdays are less crowded, but weekends may be easier for guests since they won’t have to take time off work or drive through rush hour traffic. 

You can have a daytime picnic for large groups of friends and family, or make it a sunset picnic with a special someone. 

2. Venue and location

Depending on the date and time of your picnic, a few popular locations to consider include Morley Field Sports Complex, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, Kate Sessions Park, Liberty Station NTC Park, Waterfront Park, Centennial Park, and Balboa Park. Whichever location you choose, we can help secure the necessary permits for your picnic.

3. Guest count

Some picnics can be adults-only, while others are kid-friendly. Figure out the age range and demographics of your guests and plan the entertainment, theme, and food around your audience preferences.

4. Theme

The theme will shape the menu, games, and decoration of your entire picnic, so take this step seriously. A few popular picnic themes include Mexican Fiesta, Hawaiian Luau, Southern Country, and Classic American.

5. Menu

Picnics are all about comfort foods, from hotdogs and cheeseburgers, to BBQ and corn on the cob. Look through our menus to find the foods you’d like to serve at your picnic.

6. Games and entertainment

At Picnic People, we know which games and activities go well with your kind of picnic. Popular picnic entertainment includes bubbles, bingo, lawn games, carnival booths, moon bounce, Frisbee, watermelon eating contests, and airbrush tattoos. We’ve got games for every age group so give us a call for help planning the entertainment.

7. Details

Depending on how big your picnic is, don’t forget to create a timeline, take care of rentals, set up registration, plan contests, and organize the layout in advance. Doing this ahead of time will make the picnic experience enjoyable for everyone. Of course, you can also hire Picnic People to take care of the planning process so you can focus on enjoying the fresh San Diego air and time with family and friends.

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