We all know that as soon as the sun starts making an appearance, us Oregonians immediately flock outside. Now that we are officially in spring and starting to see some sunnier and warmer weather, there is no better time to go on a picnic! We put together a few pointers on how to throw the ultimate picnic with your friends and family.
Pick the Perfect Location
There are numerous gorgeous parks in Portland to host your spring picnic. We feel especially lucky at Rivers Edge since we are centrally located to so many great public parks. Some of our favorites are the Downtown Waterfront Park with great views of the Willamette River and the Marquam Nature Park for a great walk that makes you feel like you aren’t in the city.
We also recommend picking up your lunch and heading to the Portland Zoo. Walking around will build up an appetite and their rolling lawns are the perfect resting spot for a picnic.
If you are looking to get out of the city for the day, take your lunch to the Oregon Coast. The sandy coastline is equipped with expansive views of the ocean, the perfect scenery for an afternoon picnic.
Bring Some Tasty Food
Plan your day ahead and save time by placing your to-go order online through Rivers Edge Cafe. You’ll free up more time to soak up the sun at your picnic, and our wraps, salads, and sandwiches are the perfect picnic fare.
Our wraps and sandwiches are the perfect picnic solutions, as they cut down the need for utensils. Stop by our cafe and pick up your food before you head out on your adventure. Don’t forget to pick up some bottled waters to stay hydrated!
Plan for Fun
Now that you have your food covered it’s time to plan for some fun! Picnic games are great for kids, adults, and for company team building. Some of our favorite relaxing games are trivia, cards, and bingo which are great played lounging in the shade.
If you are looking for a way to work off your lunch, sports games are a crowd favorite. Bring along a football or frisbee — they don’t take up too much room and are great ways to get everyone moving.
Don’t Forget Your Picnic Essentials
While food is the main attraction of a picnic, there are a few other essential items to bring for an unforgettable picnic.
Being outside for long hours leaves you exposed to the sun so make sure to bring hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
Comfort is key to an enjoyable time, so bring a comfy blanket to sit on. Depending on where your picnic takes place, it may be wise to bring bug repellent as well.
Bring some music along with you, just make sure you are considerate of your neighbors if you are in an area with other people.
Now that you know everything about throwing the ultimate spring picnic for your friends and family it’s time to pick the date, location, and order your food!