The arrival of spring brings with it a sense of newfound optimism. Everyone seems in high spirits, which can be great motivation for you to get out of your home and spend some time outdoors. One of the best, and most common ways, to spend your time during spring would be going out for a fun picnic. Picnics let you bond with your loved ones, soak in the sunshine and enjoy the warm weather. Furthermore, it is an activity that anyone of any age can thoroughly enjoy, even your grandkids. So, if you’re looking for tips on how to host the best spring potluck picnic, read on!
Preparing Food Items
Well, the most important part of the picnic would be the food that you choose to bring along. You should choose these food items carefully because not all foods are suitable for a picnic. Steer away from bringing dairy dishes or fish. However, if you choose to bring along these food items, remember to store them in a cold box with ice packs. Great items to pack for a picnic are sandwiches, sausage rolls, chicken drumsticks, and Scotch eggs. These are easy to handle, even for younger children, and are do not cause an unnecessary mess.
Food Safety Practices
When your potluck picnic involves younger children, it is important to be extra safe so as to prevent any unwanted illnesses. Keep the food away from the children because germs can spread more rampantly if too many dirty hands come into contact with the food. Even if you’re a grown-up, dirt may come into contact with your hand more easily during outdoor picnics. This is why you should try to limit direct contact with food. Where possible, you can offer individually packaged foods. For example, instead of a large sharing bag of chips, you can hand out smaller bags that are meant for individuals. Another way to limit contact would be by using serving spoons or forks instead of getting everyone to dig their individual spoons into a communal serving plate.
Another tip to enjoy your picnics would be to remain hydrated. Under the sweltering hot sun, you are losing a lot of water which can result in dizziness if you are not sufficiently hydrated. For children who do not enjoy drinking water, you can turn this into a game! Everyone can take a sip of water from their bottle on an hourly basis. This also allows you to track your grandkids’ water intake as well.
At Conservatory At North Austin, we believe in the importance of remaining connected to your community. We organize engaging events that ensure that all our residents are closely bonded so that their stay at our resort-like community is an enjoyable one. If this sounds like a community that you would like to be a part of, we are just a call away. Better yet, if you are in the area, you can drop by and we would love to give you a tour around the area. With us, your retirement will be a relaxing breeze!