Doesn’t it seem like summer just arrived? You waited through a long winter you thought would never end and somehow the days just passed by and here it is just a matter of weeks before the days grow shorter and cooler. With Labor Day just around the corner, it’s time to start planning that end of summer picnic, and this year you want it to be the best ever. After all, you haven’t really done much of anything to enjoy those sunny days you thought you’d never see!
These tips will help you plan that summer picnic, but more than that, they will enable you to sit back and enjoy yourself once the happy day arrives.
Parks with Amenities
One of the things you will want to pay careful attention to is finding a park with amenities such as community rooms with kitchens. Although it’s a summer picnic, there are some things you just can’t cook on a BBQ grill. Also, what happens if the day on which you’ve booked space for your summer picnic should be overcast or rainy? Usually, community rooms have a kitchen which can be used and tables and chairs. Your summer picnic may turn into a party, but at least you’ll have covered all grounds. Whether you eat indoors or out, it will be an amazing time for celebrating summer with friends and family.
Book a Bar
One of the benefits of booking a park with a community center is that you can actually host an open bar. Some parks have a no alcohol rule or rules limiting consumption to beer and wine when eating outdoors at picnic tables. However, when renting the community room, you can set up a bar and serve a broader assortment of alcoholic beverages. One California team of mixologists, The Bartender Company, has set up and served mixed drinks and liqueurs at a number of outdoor parties throughout cities like Palo Alto, San Francisco and Alameda.
Don’t Forget the Talent!
Also, you will probably want to provide music to liven things up. Whether you opt for a DJ or a live band, what would an end of summer fling be without music and a bit of dancing? This is another reason why your choice of parks makes a difference. It will be important that you find a location that has electrical outlets available. Whether you set the band up indoors in the community room our on an outdoor stage, music is an absolute must.
Just don’t forget to have someone available to mind the kids! You might even want to book a few activities for them and perhaps hire a clown or bring in a petting zoo to keep them entertained.
The whole purpose of an end of summer picnic is to have one last fling to enjoy the warm days of summer, and that goes for everyone of all ages. You may want to hire a sitter or two to tend to the kids while mom and dad carouse with their friends. In the end, there will be something for everyone, making it the best picnic ever.