Just because the weather has gotten chilly and the days have gotten shorter, that does not mean you can no longer enjoy all of the great things about a classic picnic! With only a few modifications, a picnic can go from a warm-weather staple to a cold-weather event in no time! Here are a few suggestions to create a new tradition with winter picnic ideas.
Winter Picnic Ideas: Serve heartier foods
Instead of picnic classics like light sandwiches, cold potato salad, deviled eggs, and lemonade, serve heartier, hotter winter fare. Serve hot grilled cheese with tomato soup to dip it in, roast beef, and apple cider. Polish off the meal with some gingerbread instead of the summer picnic dessert of Jell-o. If you prefer to have a more formal picnic, serve some elegant roasted chicken or turkey with a side of green bean bundles wrapped in bacon (sprinkle with garlic salt, pepper, and brown sugar) and some fresh dinner rolls, and then have mulled wine or champagne with a splash of cranberry juice.
Winter Picnic Ideas: Change locations
Instead of eating outside, bring it indoors close to a heat source, if at all possible! If you do brave the outdoors, find somewhere that allows you to view some beautiful decorations while you dine.
Winter Picnic Ideas: Bundle up
Do not just bundle yourself up (though that is a good suggestion if your picnic is during the cold weather) bundle up the whole picnic! Instead of a thin sheet to sit on, use a thick quilt or even the thick comforter from your bed.
Winter Picnic Ideas: Add some entertainment
If picnicking during the winter, there is plenty of opportunity for entertainment! Pop in a favorite Christmas movie to watch while you dine or play a CD of carols. If the picnic does not take place near the holidays, shake things up a little by watching a movie with winter in the title such as The Lion in Winter or The Winter’s Tale.
Winter Picnic Ideas: Baby, light my fire
Of course, the most romantic place to enjoy a wintertime picnic is right next to a warm, crackling fire. If you have a Fireplace, take advantage and cozy up next to it while you enjoy your picnic. If you do not have a fireplace, that is okay! You can turn on that hokey, funny TV fire, or you can simply light lots of candles to create that soft glow. Just don’t forget to blow them out after you eat!