July is National Picnic Month

It’s Summer and Time for Fun in the Sun

picnic basketFor those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, July means summer and lots of blue skies and warm days. In Canada and in the United States, July also brings festivities with Canada Day and Independence Day, both of which include many outdoor activities, including picnics, so it is fitting that in the United States, July is National Picnic Month!

See some of my favorite picnic items here

When we think of picnics, we think of fresh air, fruit trays, cold salads, laughing, chatting, catching up with friends. Picnics are enjoyable events and deserve a month of celebrations, but where did the picnic come from?

It’s French… who knew?

picnic month
The artist Thomas Coles “The Picnic”

The word picnic comes from the French word pique-nique. After the French Revolution, the parks became open to the common people of France and so they began using the space for leisure, this included bringing food for the day. In the 18th and 19th centuries, picnics were large social events with extensive meals and elaborate drinks that sometimes took days to prepare.

As more people began to picnic, it became part of art. Many artists used picnics in their work and in turn picnicking became fashionable. Today picnics come in all sizes, sometimes weddings are accompanied with a chic picnic lunch, and picnics make for great family time, but whatever the size or reason, it’s the time spent with others that makes a great picnic.

Quick Tips

family picnicMy family has always loved picnics and eating outside, whether we just eat a quick bite on the porch steps or we pack up for a day at the park, picnics are fun in all sizes. Here are some quick tips to help have a more enjoyable picnic…

  • Plan ahead – this doesn’t mean impromptu picnics aren’t great, it simply means that if you can plan ahead… then do so. Planning can be the difference between stressful and relaxing, so get a plan. Check out some of my picnic favorites.
  • Keep it simple – if you have a choice, choose simple. Choose quick prepped foods or grab premade salads from your local deli department. If you are not trying to impress, opt for disposable dishes and utensils, maybe consider these biodegradable options
  • Use good containers – keep everything sealed and relax!
  • Bring some games – even if you think there will be plenty to do, bring games, especially if you have children with you. Here are some great travel games.
  • Relax – read, take in nature, enjoy the weather, and unwind
  • Have fun – enjoy those you are with, have some fun, and make some memories.

No matter what month it is or what hemisphere you are on… plan a picnic and have some fun! Keep an eye out for some of my favorite picnic and summer recipes and I’d love to hear yours!  Comment below or head over to Instagram or Facebook and share with our community!

Bet + Fam 🙂

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