Planning a Beach Picnic

| April 30, 2012

Who doesn’t love a day on the beach enjoying the water, sun, and relaxing atmosphere? If you are planning a picnic, a beach is a great location. While the setup for a beach picnic is similar to any type of picnic, there are a few things to consider that will make your event more successful and enjoyable.

Choosing an Ideal Beach Spot

If you know your area’s beaches, then you will be able to determine an ideal spot to set up your picnic. For a small family picnic, it may not be a problem to set up on a more crowded beach. However, if you are planning to invite a large group of people to the occasion, choose a beach area that isn’t typically packed with other people. Chances are that you’ll want to play games in addition to enjoying a great meal. The playing of many beach picnic games will require a great deal of space. The area that you choose will depend on what type of picnic event you are planning and how many people are attending.

Packing the Picnic Food

For a beach picnic, sand can become your worst enemy when it comes to transporting picnic food. A wicker picnic basket is not ideal for beach picnics since sand is sure to seep into its cracks. A cooler will be much more up to the task of keeping sand out of your food. You’ll find that there are many different kinds of insulated coolers that include compartments for food, drinks, plates, napkins, and utensils.

Additional Picnic Gear

Don’t forget picnic blankets and towels for all of your guests. Also bring along beach umbrellas and an abundance of sunscreen which will offer protection from the sun. Of course, a beach picnic isn’t complete without games. Bring along a Frisbee, volleyball, bubbles, squirt guns, kite and other fun items. If young children will be attending the beach picnic, don’t forget sand buckets and other sand castle building supplies.

Have Fun with the Invitations

If you are planning a large group beach picnic, send out fun invitations that will lure people to the event. Choose beach-themed cards and be sure to include all relevant details including the exact location of the picnic, what time it starts, and what everyone should bring along. If you are planning a potluck-style picnic, ask everyone to RSVP with a food which they will bring. This will ensure that you have a great mix of food and beverages.

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