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POSTED ON 04/15/15 | Share This Post
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Tips for a Successful Picnic

Spring has been slow to arrive this year, but that should only increase your excitement for beautiful spring and all of the picnics that will inevitably happen. Location is everything, and some of the best spots for a picnic are within walking distance of Cathedral Commons – Glover Archbold Park and Wesley Heights are two great spots.

In preparation for the season, we’ve compiled some tips for a successful picnic around Cathedral Heights. Avoid all of the pitfalls, and get right to the good stuff.

Don’t Forget the Blanket

Nothing’s worse than arriving at the picnic site and realizing you have nothing but itchy grass to sit on. Grab a blanket, tablecloth (after all, it’s your table, too!), or shower curtain, and make sure to take several, or take one large enough for everyone. This plaid one has a handle and the back is waterproof.

Try Reusable Utensils and Plates

Craving a little class? Reusable shatterproof wine glasses and utensils will set your picnic above the rest. Keep insects at bay with a mesh food tent, and enjoy your food ant-free. And to carry all of this? It can be as simple as a tote bag – or as fancy as this full-service willow picnic basket.

Keep it Simple

Food wise, the last thing you need to worry about is toting along a roasted chicken with all the side dishes and desserts money can buy. There’s a reason sandwiches are a picnicking favorite. If you don’t have time to make them, buy sandwiches at Jettie’s Express (3708 Macomb St NW), or try something different and pick up Vietnamese Ban Mih at Sprig and Sprout (2317 Wisconsin Ave NW). If you are planning on making everything from scratch, pick up supplies downstairs at Giant (3336 Wisconsin Ave NW) and try not to plan a spur-of-the-moment picnic to minimize stress.

Take Music

What could be better than the sounds of nature and friendly banter, complemented by your favorite playlist? The Cathedral Heights nabe is known for its calm ambiance, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Take along a portable speaker and your phone/iPod, and enjoy. Whether it’s a romantic outing or casual crowd, try this Spotify pick or make up your own to suit your style.

Clean Up

Take a few trash bags – one for recycling, one trash – and one to carry back reusable stuff to wash. (Avoid a mess in your picnic basket/backpack/bag).

Before you go, glance over this picnic packing list and ensure that you have the basics, and you’re all set. If you’re considering moving to Cathedral Heights and enjoying picnics for years to come, give us a call today, and find out why Cathedral Commons will be the perfect fit for you.

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