Well, it’s that time of year again. Zyrtec commercials are back on the air, winter coats are going on sale and chilling inside is suddenly not socially acceptable because you could be “lawn-ing.” You now face a new dilemma: How do you experience your two favorite activities, eating and enjoying the weather, at the same time? Fortunately, this very problem was solved just two-ish centuries ago with the invention of the picnic. So for your last golden days at Georgetown this year, before the wacky summer of love you’ve got planned, grab some friends, head to the lawn and use our tips to have a ballin’ picnic!
Nail the tunes
Maybe you love the sound of birds chirping or other natural noises. Maybe you hate it. Either way, it doesn’t hurt to put together a killer playlist that includes both the “commercial with hair flowing in the wind” feeling and the “me and my friends are just chillin’ on the stoop” vibe. You don’t really know how the afternoon will go, and you want to be prepared for any setting. We recommend one of our 4E summer playlists.
Plan your outfit
Clothing choices for picnicking are difficult and require a bit of forethought. Something pastel says “I’m preppy, happy and enjoying my youth” from the front but “I was too shortsighted to consider grass stains” from the back. Anything too dark may save you from green-butt syndrome (which is real) but will make you seem too serious for the occasion. Also remember that the outdoors comes with nature. Watch out for creepy crawlers and the occasional wind gust.
Bring good eats
This should be an obvious tip for picnicking anyway, but I figured it was necessary to emphasize. Whether it’s a sweet treat from Pinkberry or Ben & Jerry’s, something you picked up from Sweetgreen or a homemade feast that you prepared, food is a necessity for picnics. Just be sure to bring utensils and definitely don’t forget to clean up after yourself.
Bring a football, volleyball or Frisbee
If you are anything like me, you haven’t sat cross-legged on the ground for more than a few minutes since sitting around the magic rug in third grade. Pro tip: If prolonged sitting isn’t your thing, bring something that gets you up and moving. An impromptu Frisbee toss among friends is a perfect picnicking activity — you can enjoy the weather while getting an excuse to skip Yates!
So those are a couple of tips for the perfect spring picnic. This weekend is supposed to be killer in terms of the weather, so be sure to get some Vitamin D with your friends! Happy picnicking, Hoyas!