Having a winter picnic is fun and unexpected. It could be charming as a first date, a family outing, or something to do with friends.
Since winter begins in December we will start thinking of Winter Picnic Ideas…
Boxing Day Picnic
In the UK boxing day is celebrated the day after Christmas. It is when everyone exchanges gifts. It’s also the day after Christmas where many do not have to go to work leaving it a great day for a picnic. Lastly, it’s a great way to use up leftovers.
- Since it’s all about gift-giving, I would replace the expected basket with a large gift box, adorned with a big red bow on top. This would serve as a thematic.
- Buy a thermal waterproof blanket to place on the ground. They come in a multitude of colors and patterns and are helpful in keeping the ground dry and warm. Here I would use red plaid.
- Also place a basket on the seating area on the ground filled with outdoor mountain blankets rolled up neatly so the guests can grab one if they want a little extra warmth
- Since roast beef & leftover turkey are classic dishes served on boxing day I would make some warm French dip or beef sandwiches and pack them in an insulated lunch box and place it into the large box, as well as some good old turkey BLTS.
- Take your pumpkin pie and create pumpkin pie parfaits with whipped cream layered with crust crumbles and pie filling. You can put these in clear individual 4-8 oz clear
plastic cups with lids
- Make a turkey soup with all the leftover veggies and place it in individual eco-friendly Kraft paper soup containers with lids..
- Don’t forget to pack your paper goods& utensils for each guest. roll ups are best.
- As a drink try hot mulled cider or hot toddies. Bring that in a thermos.
New Moon Nighttime Gathering
January 13th is a “New Moon” which is the best time to observe star clusters and galaxies because there is no moonlight to interfere.
Follow these tips for the best New Moon gathering:
- Get a fire pit wood or propane will work
- Set up the scene like a bonfire having everyone bring their own chair. Create a circle.
- A telescope & a map of constellations is a must or download the stargazer app on your phone.
- To make it really fun bring along an Astronomy laser pointer so you can point out your sky findings to all the others
- Hot stew or a thick soup with protein and veggies would be recommended here. The meal should be hot especially because this would take place at night
- Supply insulted battery-operated jackets or wraps and don’t forget some gas or candle lanterns for extra light
- Since the barn fire is there a smores set up is a must
- Hot boozy cocktails are a must
Other Wonderful Winter Picnic Themes
Still, looking for the perfect winter picnic idea? One of these Winter Picnic Ideas will surely impress you.
- A Fondue and wine Picnic
- Sunday football picnic
- I LOVE YOU picnic in celebration of Valentines day brunch
- National Irish Month Celebration in March
- Ground Hog Day Brunch