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Tips for How to Host the Perfect Picnic Reunion

Planning an outdoor reunion this summer? Here’s some inspiration (aka tips, activities, and of course recipes) to make this year the best one yet.

Tip 1: Reach for Pantry Staples to Pack Your Basket

When it comes to planning your menu and packing your cooler, don’t stress! You likely already have the makings of delicious meals and snacks on-hand. For example, canned fruits, vegetables and proteins – like Chicken of the Sea wild-caught tuna, salmon, and sardines – can help you create and elevate your picnic recipes. So, before you make an extra trip to your local Farmers Market or grocery store, check your pantry!

Tip 2: No Grill? No Problem!

As more people seek out substitutes for red meat and new protein options, change up your picnic menu this season by serving up seafood as a delicious alternative! For example, Tuna Salad Sandwiches made with Chicken of the Sea wild-caught tuna are a versatile choice that can be customized to your liking – whether you use mayo, olive oil or even Greek yogurt – and since there’s no cooking required, you can easily prep ahead of time or even on-site – no grill required! Here are a few more picnic-perfect recipes:

Mediterranean Tuna Sandwich

Avocado Tuna Salad

Lemon Pepper Salmon Mixed Vegetable Sandwich

Tip 3: Host an Eco-Friendly Picnic

Good food and good weather help make a successful picnic, but ensuring you leave your space just as you found it is equally as important. To minimize waste, invest in reusable picnicware, like utensils and plates. You can also consider swapping your paper napkins with cloth versions. Not only will they help elevate the overall look of your picnic, but they are less likely to blow away in the wind!

Tip 4: Make it Fun!

Whether it’s a water balloon toss or a three-legged race, organizing a few games for your guests can be a great way to reconnect and have fun together! Check out the links below for games that are perfect for all ages. And if you’re looking for an activity that the kids will enjoy, print out and bring along the coloring sheets below.

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