What better way to celebrate summer than with a picnic party.
Unlike typical parties where space and seating can limit your
invites, a picnic can allow your guest list to be intimate or
infinite as you like!

 

Invitation Ideas 

Start with red cardstock. Cut strips of white paper and glue in
rows (three horizontally and three vertically) to create a plaid
blanket effect. Write your party details on the white sections,
slip into a white envelope, address in black pen and draw a few
black ants on the back flap. Be sure to include important details,
such as driving directions, parking lot info and whether guests
should bring their own chairs, blankets, coolers and shoes.

Decorations 

Red and white is an effective yet easy theme. Since you’ll be
outside, think unbreakable (and recyclable or reusable if possible)
when it comes to your decor. Get red and white balloons to attach
to trees (that double as landmarks to direct guests to the right
area), red and white plastic tablecloths, plastic cups, plates and
utensils.

Cocktail and Menu Ideas 

Unless you have a liquor permit or are in your backyard or other
private space, you won’t be able to serve alcoholic drinks. But
even a non-alcoholic picnic punch can be a crowd pleaser. In a
large drink cooler, mix up a Jungle Boogie Punch or Crystal Light
Sunshine Punch (add less water than the recipe calls for but and
add lots of ice!). The key to a manageable — yet impressive —
menu is all in the packaging. Instead of using large containers for
a traditional pot luck picnic, package each guest’s meal
individually. Pack each item into a colourful Chinese takeout
containers, labelled with what’s inside so guests can choose a
Traditional (with a twist) or Thai Picnic Lunch:

 

For the traditional lunch, skip the canned tuna and make fresh
Ahi Tuna Sandwiches With Shiso Guacamole with Potato Salad with
Olives and Cucumbers.

For the Thai lunch, try Thai Cold Spring Rolls with Thai Chicken
Salad with Noodles.

Add a piece of fruit and a Fortune Cookie, then slip all the
items into a larger cardboard box or paper bag, then wrap it in a
large gingham tea towel, which will double as an individual
placemat and party favour. Be sure to add a tag indicating
Traditional or Thai, and attach with a pretty red ribbon.

Party Activities 

An outdoor party is a great opportunity to get people to mix,
mingle and get moving! Bring Frisbees, a nerf football, soccer
ball, badminton rackets and birdies, bocce ball, water balloons and
kites. Or, try these group games:

  • Capture the Flag (bring two bandanas of different colours)
  • Scavenger Hunt (try adding items not available at your party,
    such as “a man named Bob,†“a ham and cheese sandwich†and a
    soccer ball, that will force your guests to use their imagination
    or raid other people’s picnics to get the items!)

Favour Ideas 

Send your guests home with a great memory of their day by giving
each of them an extra Chinese takeout container filled with
homemade cookies, Rice Krispies squares or brownies.