Design the Perfect Summer Picnic Online

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Picnics are a great way to spend time with family and friends, enjoy beautiful summer weather and snack on your favorite summer foods, all at the same time. With a high-speed Internet connection, planning the perfect picnic can easily be done all online, and just in time for the Fourth of July!

Begin preparing for your picnic by determining the overall theme; this will help determine food, décor, games and more. Websites such as Catch My Party and Celebrations.com are excellent online destinations to discover new and different party themes, view photos for inspiration and connect with other prospective party planners.  Additionally, Catch My Party features an online party supplies store and a list of preferred vendors and free printables to help your theme come to life. Even more, the team at Party How provides tips on locations, invitations, food, activities and much more — including specific ideas for themed cookouts!

After selecting a theme for your picnic, turn your attention to the most critical element of any cookout — the food! Turn to the experts at FoodNetwork.com for a featured section of the site dedicated to summer backyard BBQs. This section includes more than 250 different recipes spotlighting different homemade BBQ sauces and sides to serve your guests.

For recipes on the go, consider using  a mobile apps such as Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner or BigOven, both available for free on iTunes and Google Play. These apps include thousands of rated and reviewed recipes, and the option to build your grocery list with recipe ingredients.

Keep your guests entertained with family-friendly outdoor games. The family-oriented website Babble.com has created a list of DIY backyard games for your summer party.  For décor ideas, look to the ultimate source for party inspiration — Pinterest. Pinterest boasts a variety of inspiration boards and pins full of ideas for any occasion. When you’re ready to shop for your decorations, leading party goods retailer Party City has a wide array available online, including centerpieces, tableware, drink ware and more.

Now that you’ve planned the perfect summer party, how will you invite your guests? Try an evite — they are more memorable than a simple email and more cost-effective than a traditional paper invite. Paperless Post and Punchbowl both offer a variety of beautifully designed evites that allow you to track RSVPs online.

With Fourth of July just around the corner, use these online tools and resources to create a memorable summer picnic for you and your guests.