Recipes and Creative Ideas for Summer Picnics, BBQs, and Parties
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6. Plan a picnic in the park.
Skip the picnic basket and fancy napkins. Instead, keep the focus on together time by opting for a big, comfy blanket and shareable snacks like chopped fruit and cheese and crackers.
7. Grab a bar and go.
You’re sure to go on a lot of outdoor adventures this summer. Don’t let hunger pains slow you down—load up your bag with Ella’s Sunflower Oat Bars – handy finger snacks that are perfect for little hands and filling for tiny tummies. The recipe makes 12, so you’ll have enough for the whole brood while you’re out and about.
8. Find a food truck.
If you’re in the city, you’re sure to find one just around the corner. If the ‘burbs are home, your closest bet may be your local ice cream truck.
9. Make a cardboard box oven.
Yes, you read that right—with a little tin foil and tape, you can transform a cardboard box into a working oven. Some versions call for charcoal while others depend on solar power, but whichever you choose, you should be able to bake just about anything you normally would in your kitchen at home. It’s a nifty afternoon project that could come in handy on a camping trip or on those hot summer days when you don’t want to bake indoors. Find instructions on how to make one of these ovens on the blog Like Mom and Apple Pie.
10. Pick and chew.
Summer is berry season, and none taste better than those you’ve plucked straight from the bush. Find a pick-your-own farm near you at nymetroparents.com/berries.
11. Have an outdoor tea party.
Whether the tea is real or imaginary is up to you!
12. Enjoy a treat at the fair.
Whether it’s a street fair or county fair, these summer staples serve up many special treats (see: corn dogs, cotton candy, funnel cake, etc.). Worried about the nutrition in these delicacies? See our guide to healthy eating in the summer at nymetroparents.com/summer-eating, which will help you make the healthiest food choices at fairs and other summer events.
13. Choose a restaurant with outdoor seating.
Bonus points if you’ve never eaten there before! And extra bonus points if you bring along Fido (just call ahead to make sure the restaurant allows animals in its outdoor area).