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    Trends in Events from Catch My Party: Summer Picnic Parties

    July 31, 2013

    Take advantage of the last weeks of summer by throwing a summer picnic party! Every so often we touch base with Jillian from Catch My Party, the ultimate party resource for any DIY celebration. She was able to shed some light on some of this summer's hottest party trends, and summer picnic parties are in. For your end of summer celebrations, check out our tips and tricks on how to throw some awesome summer picnic parties!

    Choose a Theme

    Summer picnic parties are great for both adults and kids alike, especially for events such as birthdays, holidays, and baby showers. Pick a theme that you love for your summer picnic so that you can coordinate the rest of the party elements around that theme. Here are some examples:


    • Elmo’s Picnic in the Park

    • French Vintage Picnic

    • Ladybug Picnic

    • Patriotic Picnic

    • Tea Party Picnic

    • Teddy Bears Picnic

    • Picnic in the Woods

    • Watermelon Picnic


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    Decorations and Supplies

     

    Chalkboards are a useful tool with minimal set up that can give your picnic a rustic-chic feel. Create a welcome sign for your guests using a conveniently sized piece of chalkboard and decorate as you wish with colored chalk. Place the welcome sign at the front entrance of your home, park, or event venue and make sure to let people know where the picnic area is located. You can also buy smaller chalkboards to label the food and drinks if they will be on a large table. Be sure to choose chalk colors that coincide with your theme.

    Create a banner of some sort to hang in a prominent area of your picnic space with the main message of the party, such as “Happy Birthday” or “Welcome New Baby,” etc. Get several large picnic blankets for your guests and find some large picnic baskets to help transport your food and drinks.

    Entertainment

    While sitting and talking may be perfect for a small gathering, it’s best to be prepared with some fun games and activities to entertain your guests. You can choose classic games like potato sack races and three-legged races as well as capture the flag and the water balloon toss game. You could also bring some simple games like ladder ball and a bean bag toss game. If you want to get a little more complex, you could even arrange a scavenger hunt or coordinate a shaving cream beard relay contest!

    Eat

    If you’re hosting an intimate gathering, you can easily pack your picnic baskets with sandwiches, chips, drinks, and desserts. However, if you’re hosting a larger party, say for a wedding or corporate event, you can always accommodate larger crowds by creating a buffet-style table for your food and beverages. Choose foods that go along with your theme, such as crepes for a French picnic, or classic American foods for a patriotic picnic.

    Drink

    For storing your beverages, dare to be different, don’t just get a large generic cooler and fill it with soda. Instead, go to a craft store or a place like Target or Wal-Mart and look for a cool, colorful metal tub with two handles. Fill it with ice. Then, fill mason jars with a few beverage options such as lemonade, punch, and sparking water with a splash of fruit juice and voila! You’ve got a seriously classy drink setup for your summer picnic party.

    For adult beverage options, mojitos and sangria are great summer drinks that can be made in large or small quantities depending on the size of your party. You can also ask your guests to bring their favorite bottle of wine to share.

    Dessert

    For a cool portable dessert, try baking desserts in mason jars! Mason jars have become all the rage, not only for their rustic look but also because of their convenience. Desserts in mason jars are easy to transport and a great way to serve individual guests without the mess of cutting up pieces of cake and generating trash. It’s also a great way to avoid ants or pigeons who are notorious for crashing picnic parties when they smell your tasty food!

    You can also try making cookies and decorating them like parts of a picnic party. For example, make some cookies to look like sandwiches, some to look like picnic baskets, pieces of watermelon, and pitchers of lemonade, as seen above. It’s a great way to work on your icing skills and bring the picnic theme home!

    Other options include classics like chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate covered strawberries, and chocolate mousse.

    Party Favors

    Send your guests off with a parting gift to remember the day. Make your goody bag thoughtful and creative, and if you can, try to tie it in with the overall theme. One tip is to buy a bunch of smaller picnic baskets to use as the actual goody bag. Then, fill it with things like cookies, bubble bath, bath salts, a bottle of juice or champagne, or even some fresh flowers.

    What theme would you choose for a summer picnic party? Do you have any more ideas to add to this? Share with us by leaving a comment below, on Facebook or Twitter! For other summer party ideas, check out our lemonade stand party post!