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A summer family picnicTracking PixelIt’s picnic season. With two little ones, eating outside has never been more appealing. Less mess. More fun! We tend to stick with a lot of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and vegetable proteins for our picnics and I love to throw in a few fun better-for-you snacks that taste great. I’m working with Cape Cod® Potato Chips on today’s sponsored post featuring a backyard picnic and ways you can make your at-home picnic fun, beautiful and practical.

A summer family picnic, kids summer ideas, family ideas, summer bucket listWhat’s a picnic without potato chips? Cape Cod® Reduced Fat Original Potato Chips taste great and are the perfect accompaniment to a good summer sandwich.

A summer family picnic, kids summer ideas, family ideas, summer bucket list

We’ve had picnics outside a handful of times already this spring because they are easy with kids and loads of fun. Bodhi definitely considers them to be a treat. He loves it. Ezra appreciates the freedom to move while he eats since he is so thrilled to be on the go.

A summer family picnic, kids summer ideas, family ideas, summer bucket list

I love that picnic menus can be super simple or elaborate. Some days we have a veggie burger on a bun with chips. Other days we whip up gourmet entrees. It really doesn’t matter because a picnic is fun with any foods.

A summer family picnic, kids summer ideas, family ideas, summer bucket list

I love including a few festive touches so the kids see it as special and my husband and I can feel a little fancy too. Tiny desserts are just the right way to end a good picnic dinner.

A summer family picnic, kids summer ideas, family ideas, summer bucket list

I have a few ways I like to make our picnics fun and extra special while keeping them practical with kids.

SIX easy ways to create a beautiful and practical picnic

1. Put it on a tray. A tray makes it easy to carry everything outside and it’s ready to eat, unlike a picnic basket. Then simply walk it all back inside on the tray too.

2. Use fabrics. Fabric napkins, table runners and placemats all make great decor for a picnic. Here, I put together a simple woven placemat with two fabric napkins.

3. Use fun paper products. I used leftover party favor bags for the potato chips and wrapped the sandwiches in parchment paper with a little twine. Easy peasy!

4. Skewer it! Kids love anything on a stick. Put fruit or vegetables on a skewer and I guarantee it will be kid-approved.

5. Skip the blanket. Kids are messy. Really really messy. Let the drippings fall on the ground instead of a blanket and save yourself a load of laundry.

6. Snip some flowers or greens. I think anything colorful in a vase or candle holder makes things more festive. Our lilac bush is just now blooming (later than most in our area) and grabbing flowers or leaves from a plant at home is a cost-saving way to decorate a bit.

A summer family picnic, kids summer ideas, family ideas, summer bucket listWe create a summer bucket list every summer and having weekly picnics is definitely on our list.

A summer family picnic, kids summer ideas, family ideas, summer bucket listOf course, sometimes it’s fun to take the picnic to the beach or a park as well. For that, I use a cooler or picnic basket with a blanket.

A summer family picnic, kids summer ideas, family ideas, summer bucket list Have fun! Let loose.

A summer family picnic, kids summer ideas, family ideas, summer bucket list

Don’t worry about the kids dropping things or being a little wild. This is a chance to relax a little. I sometimes make life more difficult on myself and with picnics, I’ve learned to just be.

A summer family picnic, kids summer ideas, family ideas, summer bucket list

I love incorporating Cape Cod® snack products in our picnics. They are high quality products made with real ingredients. I’m a popcorn lover and often snack on it daily. Try Cape Cod® Potato Chips, now available from your local grocer.

About Cape Cod® Chips

Cape Cod® Chips holds itself to the highest standards of production, based on their core pillars of: Quality, Authentic Brand, and Small Batch Crafting. Aside from that, there are a lot of great things about Cape Cod® Chips that give them a superior chip when compared to other brands. Some of them include simple high-quality, all natural ingredients, gluten free, no preservatives and several great flavor options.

Photos by Melissa Oholendt Photography.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cape Cod® Potato Chips. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Live the Fancy Life possible.