Life’s a Picnic! 7 Tips to Help You Celebrate National Picnic Day on April 23

Can you feel it? Spring is in the air! The warmer temperatures and sunny days that have graced us here in St. Louis make it absolutely perfect for enjoying a meal outdoors with our friends and family. What better time to do that than on Sunday, April 23 – National Picnic Day?!

From a casual light meal to a fun barbecue, picnics are the perfect time to spend time with friends, catch up with family, or enjoy a romantic date with your significant other. Here are 7 tips to help you celebrate National Picnic Day this year!

Find Your Favorite Spot – It could be a local park in town, a breezy waterfront locale, or a scenic spot with picnic tables. Just remember that you’ll need to haul all of your goodies to and from your spot, so try not to go too remote! We recommend a location that has plenty of shady trees or shelters to keep you comfy and cool.

Bring the Necessities – That means bringing a nice blanket, a sturdy picnic basket, plates, napkins, and wet naps. It might be a good idea to bring along sunscreen and bug spray as well!

Make It Easy – Avoid choosing messy, sticky foods like tacos, pasta, and foods covered in sauce. Instead, choose foods that are simpler. You really can’t go wrong with a loaf of freshly-baked bread, your favorite cheese, a bottle of chilled wine, and fresh fruit!

Tailor It to the Time – Planning on a breakfast picnic? Fresh fruit, breakfast sandwiches, pastries, donuts, and coffee would be perfect to pack! More of an evening picnic? The standard bottle of wine, cheese, and bread would be more fitting.

Bring Some Games with You – Consider bringing a fun activity for you and your friends or date to enjoy! A card game or small board game, a Frisbee, or lawn games are all good choices and can make the day even more memorable.

Book It – Do you and your friends enjoy books? Bring a few good books with you in your picnic basket! If your significant other enjoys reading, you can always enjoy his or her company over a good book and delicious food.

Take It Inside – If the weather doesn’t hold up, don’t let it rain on your parade. Instead, have a picnic at home! You can have all of your favorite foods with you on the floor of your living room or out on your deck. Best of all, you’ll have a sink nearby for easy cleanup!

Don’t forget to stop by McArthur’s Bakery Café to pick up all of your favorite picnic essentials! We have the freshest, tastiest breads, pastries, donuts, sandwiches, and more! Call us at (314) 894-0900 or visit us at to learn more.