Summer Beach Picnic Ideas Perfect for Fun in the Sun

Looking to plan the ultimate beach picnic for your friends and family?

Most beaches allow food and drinks and even grilling, but check their websites for details.

Wherever you decide to have your beach picnic, here are 6 beach picnic ideas to help make your adventure fun in the sun!

?. Stay Cool

If your beach picnic will span a whole day, it’s important to pack the essentials to deal with the heat.

Bring a beach umbrella and a variety of sunscreens. These are especially important for small children and older adults, who are more susceptible to overheating.

You should also bring along a cooler to keep your food and drinks from spoiling in the heat.

?. Everyone Loves a Bonfire

If you plan on a beach picnic that will continue after the sun sets, a bonfire is a great way to keep the party going!

Many beaches in the US allow for bonfires. Just be sure to check the notices at the entrance of the beach or ask a lifeguard before starting a fire.

Bring a portable stereo or some musical instruments for a good time around the bonfire.

For a great dessert, don’t forget all the fixings for smores!

?. Plan a Menu

No picnic is complete without a menu. You can plan a menu that is as simple or as fancy as you’d like.

Here are a few suggestions to help you get started:

  • Sandwiches
  • Bags of chips
  • Cans of soda or iced tea
  • A case of bottled water
  • Freeze pops or ice cream popsicles in a cooler

When in doubt, talk with your guests about what they’d like to have. Consider asking everyone to bring something for the picnic.

A quick tip: Try to plan picnic foods that will keep well in the heat.

?. Get Grillin’

Speaking of food, if you plan on having hamburgers and hotdogs at your picnic, you’ll need to plan your grilling strategy.

Some beaches have grills and fire pits for cooking. If your beach doesn’t, you can pick up a small charcoal or propane grill along with your other picnic items from a nearby drugstore.

?. Stay Comfortable

No one likes sand in their food!

To keep your beach picnic comfortable, be sure to bring a few blankets, beach or folding chairs, and towels to wipe down sandy surfaces.

?. Serve Up Lunch Surf Style!

Ready to get really creative with your beach picnic?

If you don’t want to bring a traditional folding table, you can set up a few foam boogie boards as platters!

Don’t forget paper towels and plastic utensils for easy cleanup. Speaking of cleanup, remember to throw out your trash as you leave to keep the beach clean for everyone’s enjoyment!

?You’re All Set For These Beach Picnic Ideas!

With these beach picnic ideas, you’ll be on your way to throwing the most memorable beach parties this summer!

Get creative! What picnic ideas can you cook up to make your time at the beach unique?

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