Perfect Summer Picnic


Summer is in full-swing, and for us in Phoenix it means 3 months (or more!) of triple-digit heat. But we don’t let the burning temps keep us indoors all day- we simply plan outdoor family adventures with water and ways to keep us cool. Topping our list of fun things to do is a perfect summer picnic- simple foods, fun water activities and plenty of shade. Here is how we do it:

1. Fun, Festive Food

Even boring sandwiches become more fun to eat when you pack them in fun containers! I used several different colors and sizes of takeout boxes for all our food- sandwiches and chips in the bigger boxes and cookies in the smaller boxes. (Much better than brown paper bags, right?)

2. Wet & Wild

5 somewhat simple water hockeyThe kids always enjoy a nice, hot summer day getting wet and crazy in the backyard. We use our homemade slip n slide or engage in a friendly game of Water Knee Hockey. We’ll have a water balloon fight, or simply take a dip in the pool. The key is to get wet and have fun!

3. Cool in the Shade

Whatever activities we plan to do, it is key to have shade available- at least while your eating your food! I always have an umbrella (or two) to keep us cool in between games or when we need to take a snack break.

So what do you think? Do you want to plan your own perfect summer picnic?


Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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  1. Lauren E. says

    I love to bring fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries), peanut butter sandwiches, and if there is a way to keep it cool – cottage cheese.