How to Plan a Perfect 4th of July Picnic
The 4th of July stands out as a major summer holiday. With school out, it also means people are traveling to see relatives. Many families combine Independence Day celebrations with family reunions – the fireworks add a little extra pizzazz. With a little help from PaNosh Kosher Catering, you can plan a great picnic this year.
Summer picnics are often potlucks, with people bringing some of their favorite special dishes. While this can lead to a wildly eclectic group of dishes, it also has the potential for disaster if everyone shows up with dessert and no one brings a salad. It's a good idea to plan ahead. Perhaps you'll prepare the burgers or chicken; ask people to bring a specific dish or kind of dish, such as a salad, bread, drinks or dessert. Don't forget the little extras like condiments.
Think Food Safety
The Independence Day holiday often comes during some of the hottest days of the year. The combination of heat and the potential for insects means you should plan carefully to ensure there is no risk of spoilage. Bacteria can multiply quickly on hot days. Make sure cold foods stay in the refrigerator until just before they're served and refrigerate leftovers promptly. If you're celebrating in a park, have plenty of ice chests and coolers available. Each ice chest should be about one-quarter full of ice.
Your Viewing Pleasure
This year's Independence Day celebrations in Buffalo Grove include music, with a two-hour concert performance by the Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band and the BG Singers. Fireworks start at 9:15 PM and can be seen from Rotary Village Green, the Buffalo Grove Golf Course or Willow Stream Park. Don't forget to take what you need to be comfortable. While the youngsters may be fine with a blanket on the grass, those who are older should have safe, sturdy chairs.
Clean Up Considerations
As soon as you're done eating, get leftovers on ice or throw them away. Make sure your preparations include some way to clean sticky fingers and faces. Pick up all the trash and put it in garbage cans or the bags you've brought along. Since it's getting dark, make sure that coolers and other food-related equipment are stored where they won't present a tripping hazard. If you've been playing games like horseshoes, soccer or badminton, store that equipment as well.
To really make your 4th of July picnic easy and memorable, contact PaNosh Kosher Catering for delicious and unique kosher food. We offer year-round event planning and catering services. We can help you plan the event and even provide service and clean-up. Please call well in advance for an estimate and menu options.