With the arrival of summer comes the urge to spend every waking moment outside. Whether you’re playing, eating or simply entertaining family and friends, picnics are bound to be a hit. Similar to hosting a dinner party, picnics can be a little work. However, with proper planning and some helpful pointers, residents of the Orillia Apartments will be enjoying great company, warm sunshine and a mouthwatering meal soon enough. If you’re looking to plan the perfect picnic, our preferred property management company, Williams and McDaniel, has put together some tips to keep in mind.
Organization is Essential
Eliminate unnecessary stress and spend more time enjoying the picnic and your guests by getting organized. One way to do so is to make a list of everything you need to take with you. Keep the list on the fridge or in plain sight, so you can keep track of items and check them off as you pack them away. For those impromptu picnics or to be proactive, pack all your picnic gear in a basket or tote, so all you have to do is add in those last-minute items and perishable goodies before you leave. Pick up buns, burgers, chips and veggies at Zehrs Markets located at 289 Coldwater Road, which is a five-minute drive from the Noble Towers Apartments and a 13-minute drive from the Executive Suites.
Have the Proper Equipment
With the proper ingredients, both food and functional items, you can elevate your gathering from plain to perfect. Picnic baskets or durable totes bags are ideal for carrying your non-perishable food items and coolers or an ice chest will ensure your thirst-quenching beverages stay ice cold. Other items will include blankets, tablecloths, containers for food, plates, cups, paper towels and napkins. When it comes time to clean up, be prepared with plastic bags for used dishes. While you may not use them it is always a good idea to have bug repellent, a first-aid kit and matches or lighters on hand. Canadian Tire located at 1017 Brodie Drive, which is a six-minute drive from the Noble Towers Apartments and 14-minute drive from the Executive Suites, sells all these items and anything else you might need for your summer gathering.
Stick With Simple
Reduce the amount of work you have to do and avoid frustration when it comes to selecting foods by choosing foods that everyone likes. Sticking with finger food options, like sandwiches, veggies, dip or wraps can minimize not only the dishes that you have to take with you, but also the ones that need to be taken home and cleaned. While you’ll probably want to stick with homemade dishes, ready-made items from the bakery or deli offer up a selection worth every penny. Located at 70 Front Street North, Metro has a large food selection that is guaranteed to enhance your picnic experience. The store is less than a 10-minute drive from the Orillia Apartments.
Pack and Serve Like a Professional
Make sure all your picnic essentials arrive safely and undamaged to your destination by taking care when packing them away. Soft, easily damaged foods, like fruit, veggies and cakes should be placed in Tupperware containers with lids. In addition to their large selection of food, Food Basics located at 975 West Ridge Boulevard also has storage options and containers that will get your food items to the picnic in one piece. The Orillia Apartments are a four-minute drive from the Noble Towers Apartments and a 13-minute drive from the Executive Suites. Get strategic when you’re packing food in your cooler or tote bags by packing them in the order they will be eaten. Placing the first courses high on top and the last courses on the bottom will save you from having to unpack everything at once.
All uncooked meat, dairy products and eggs should be kept in a cooler or ice chest until they are ready to be served or cooked. Before leaving for your picnic, pack these foods away and make sure to keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot. Food that is partially cooked should never be transported and should either be cooked before leaving your apartment or cooked at the picnic.
Have the perfect picnic without all the hassle by following these easy and fuss-free tips. Located at 391 Barrie Road and 118 Creighton Street, Williams and McDaniel’s Noble Towers Apartments and Executive Suites offer up an exceptional rental option for those who are currently looking.