Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ideas for Spring Break Smiles

Spring Break Ideas
As winter loosens its grip and allows the warm days of spring to brighten your days, a "Spring Break" is just what you need to create fun times with your family and friends.
Get outdoors and enjoy creating exciting picnics, tailgates and barbeques to fill your warm spring and summer days!

Prepare ahead of time for picnic ideas, locations, recipes and the essential outdoor games, portable furniture and picnic accessories you'll need.

Here are some fun ideas and links to Springtime Articles to get outside and create Spring Break ideas to remember!

  • Get Wild at the Zoo - Take your entire family for a day trip to your local zoo. Plan a picnic lunch and save money on over-priced food and drinks! Lightweight portable picnic coolers are just the way to go!

  • Girls' Day Out - Catch up with the girls and plan a day full of inexpensive and creative adventures with your favorite ladies! Read our article on fun ideas and recipes for a Girls' Day Out Picnic!

  • Spring Cookouts - Fire up the grills and invite your neighbors, friends and family over for a festive barbeque! We have tips for making sure your outdoor grill is ready to be fired up, plus delicious healthy recipes, dessert ideas, and ways to customize and coordinate your grills to represent your favorite college teams and the NFL, so you'll be ready for tailgating parties as well! Read on for more...

  • Plant a Garden - Grab your gardening tool sets and head outdoors with your kids to plant your own organic garden! Better yet, try aquaponics (you'll use 90% less water than traditional gardens) or hydroponics to produce your own fresh fruit and veggies year round! Plant herbs, seasonal vegetables and flowers to bring some healthy color and life into both your life, and your lawn! Get a tan, and a little dirty while you bond with your kids, grandkids, spouse, friends and family.

  • Homegate or Tailgate - Ever heard of March Madness? Well, right now it's an important time for basketball fans. Tailgating fans of all ages enjoy spending time with each other cheering on their favorite teams, eating, drinking, playing outdoor games, and fooling around with brackets and drafts. Tailgating and homegating are celebrated year round and you can join in! Here's how you throw the best tailgating or homegating party around...

  • Fly a Kite - Spend some time at your local park, ball field, soccer field, beach or empty parking lot with your kids, spouse, cousins or friends as you partake in a childhood tradition of flying kites. Don't underestimate the complexities that surround the skills needed to successfully fly a kite. You'll find this challenge is a lot more fun when you're spending time with loved ones, enjoying drinks and good food while you relax on your days off. Take your dogs, frisbees, badmitton set, football, soccer ball, and other outdoor games and just get outside to enjoy the cool evenings and warm afternoons. Pack a simple picnic with plenty of beverages and don't forget your outdoor furniture like portable chairs, folding picnic tables and shade!

  • Smell The Roses - Take in the sights of Mother Earth bringing the foliage back to life! Go for a walk, hike, bicycle or motorcycle ride and take in the amazing fragrances and delightful sights of flowering trees, shrubs, weeds and lawns. Don't forget to bring your cameras, video cameras, picnic baskets and friends as you take in the flowers of spring!

  • HAVE A PICNIC - There are so many places you can go and create a magical picnic experience with a loved one. The best picnics are surprises though, so keep that in mind the next time you have a birthday, anniversary, or holiday to celebrate! Go on an impromtu picnic while you're on a day trip, or while you're on the road heading towards your favorite spring break destination. Plan ahead and save your money by preparing your own simple, yet elegant picnic recipes like the ones in this article, that will rock the socks off your picnic partner(s)! Don't forget essential picnic supplies, like the picnic blanket, or an insulated wine basket cooler to keep your tasty food and drinks fresh!

    • Take the time to enjoy your loved ones, you never know how many chances you'll get in this lifetime. Get outside and breath in some fresh air as you take in the beauty of this world. Our experiences with the ones we love are what make life worth living for. Picnics are unique in that every one of them is a different experience and always memorable as we take the time to enjoy the simple things like good food, conversation, and company with those that mean the most!

      Happy Spring Break Fellow Picnickers!

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