Picnics are as easy as packing a lunch and throwing a few serving containers/plates into your stroller, backpack or trunk. I've found several lovely non-breakable, non-plastic items over the years that I use regularly on picnics, like wooden plates and bowls and tin bowls with flat bottoms.
I LOVE picnics. It's probably my favourite way to eat a meal: Outside. On a blanket (or old sheet, see the strawberries above). Lots of little containers with tasty stuff. The kids and I picnic a lot when the weather gets warm enough. Parks, beaches, and backyards, here we come!
Of course, the most important bit is the food. I keep it super simple, and focus on whole foods, just as I do for our other family meals. General guidelines for kids are bite-sized, eat-with-your-hands, non-drippy, good at room temperature. Foods I regularly bring on any kind of picnic are: olives; whole-wheat wraps with nut butter and honey/ham and cheese/cream cheese and jam; berries or cut-up fruit; cut-up cheese; hand-held nutritionally-dense baked goods like banana-oat cookies (see title photo)/almond-date bars/muffins; cut-up veggies like carrots, green peppers, or celery; hard-boiled eggs; and plain chickpeas. Like most days, I do my best to limit the sweets. For adults, I'd throw in a salad (dressing and toasted nuts on the side), and a (possibly drippy!) sandwich - I'm really into pan bagnat for summer beach picnics. Pan Bagnat (which translates as 'bathed bread') is really just a dressed up, more Eurpoean take on tuna salad. I'd take a can of olive-oil-packed tuna and crumble it up with more olive oil, capers, chopped pickles, chopped pitted olives, fresh herbs, lemon juice, and maybe some arugula or crunchy romaine. Butter a baguette and stuff the salad into it! I take a water bottle for each kid and a flask of coffee for me (#essentials).
I think for me, picnicking is a true lifelong love. Here I am with my sister when I was about 8, in our Halifax backyard.
By the way, if you ever find a way to bring ice cream cones on a beach picnic, let me know. Isn't it always the best way to end a beach day?