Our Favourite Winter Picnic Ideas
1. Use an Insulated Picnic Blanket
2. Dress in Layers
3. Offer a Warm Retreat
6. Serve warm soups with Wide Mouth Thermoses
7. Pack Hot Drink Packets and an Airpot
With only one pot each person can choose their favorite winter drink. Add cinnamon sticks, peppermint straws, or marshmallows to each cup!
8. Hang Birdseed Ornaments
9. Decorate Gingerbread Men
For something sweet, you can serve ginger snaps, oatmeal raisin, or gingerbread cookies. For added fun, set up a gingerbread man decorating station with nuts, raisins, m&ms, and peppermint pieces. Pick a judge to decide who wins, or take to social media to see who gets the most votes!
10. Roast Marshmallows Over a Fire
If a campfire is allowed at your picnic spot, you can roast marshmallows and make smores. Longer roasting sticks will allow you to stay a comfortable distance from the fire.
12. Bring Blankets
14. Keep Food Hot
Hot food is preferable for a winter picnic to keep you feeling cozy and warm while out of doors.
For the hottest food, line a Yeti with newspapers or paper grocery bags. Place hot packs on top and then your food.
Cover your food with more hot packs and before you close the lid, you can tuck in a tablecloth or picnic blanket to seal in the warmth.
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15. Build a Snowman
If there will be snow at or near your picnic spot, you can bring snowman building kits to keep the kids occupied. Use items that are natural or are edible for birds and wildlife.
You can decorate a snowman using cranberries, carrots, apples, leaves, sticks, nuts, or anything else that doesn’t create waste if left behind.
16. Create a Scavenger Hunt
You can create a winter photo scavenger hunt for friends to track down in your picnic area.
Create a list of items, and each person can use their smartphone to capture images to report back.
Not only is this a fun excuse to explore nature, but you will also have lasting photo memories to look back on.
17. Serve Hearty Foods
Choose hearty foods to add to your menu. You can incorporate squash, pumpkin, bread, and winter fruits into the meal.
18. Pack a Light
Sunsets come earlier in the winter months, so be sure to pack a light to keep you safe and help you find your way back to the main path.
Choose from solar-powered lanterns, or battery-powered lights to add a glow to your table, and bring a flashlight for finding your path.
19. Use a Charcuterie Board as a Platter
A charcuterie board makes a nice platter to serve food. This oversized cheese and cracker board even comes with utensils that can be stored within the board.
This way you don’t have to worry about losing your cheese knives and other utensils while traveling.