Easy Picnic in the Park

Disclosure: I am a brand ambassador for McDonald’s. I am being compensated for this easy picnic post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #mcdambassador

Lately, Scooter Britches has been begging for a picnic. After we were nearly carried off by the ants at last year’s backyard picnic, I gave up my idea of a beautiful Southern Living inspired picnic spread atop a carpet of lush green grass. In fact, I was quite skeptical of even attempting another picnic.

Easy Picnic with McDonald's - The Gifted Gabber

A few weeks ago, as we were getting ready for church, SB asked if we could go on a picnic after church. I cringed at first as my mind flashed back to the ant invasion, but then I realized we should really take advantage of the gorgeous weather. It dawned on me that we could easily pick up some McDonald’s and stop at our local park after church without any prep involved. Before we left home, the Hubs tossed our vintage picnic basket and a blanket into his car.

A quick stop at McDonald’s for some Happy Meals and Quarter Pounder Meals and we were all ready for lunch at the park! Gotta love an easy picnic! The girls had their usual “nuggets and fren fies.”

Easy Picnic with McDonald's - The Gifted Gabber

Easy Picnic with McDonald's - The Gifted Gabber

Easy Picnic with McDonald's - The Gifted Gabber

Easy Picnic with McDonald's - The Gifted Gabber

Easy Picnic with McDonald's - The Gifted Gabber

Easy Picnic with McDonald's - The Gifted Gabber

It was during this picnic that I came to realize we need a proper picnic blanket. This little throw is no longer large enough for us since we are now a family of four. This revelation gave me the perfect excuse for trip to Target last week for the cutest waterproof picnic blanket on the planet. You won’t see it in these photos, but you will definitely see it at the next picnic. And, yes, there will be a next time! This picnic was done with such ease since we bought lunch from McDonald’s instead of trying to prep picnic-appropriate foods, keep them cool, and keep them from spilling, etc. Since I know we can do this picnic business with relative ease, SB and LO will get to have picnics more often!

At the time of our picnic, McDonald’s was running its Cuties campaign for the Happy Meals. Both SB and Little One love Cuties. Actually, we all do! The Happy Meal toys were cute little stuffed emojis. SB doesn’t understand what an emoji actually is, but she certainly interprets the overall idea.

“I like my smiley face!” she said.

Easy Picnic with McDonald's - The Gifted Gabber

Easy Picnic with McDonald's - The Gifted Gabber

Easy Picnic with McDonald's - The Gifted Gabber

After eating, Little One would not let go of her Cutie. She held onto that thing the entire time we were at the park. So cute!

Easy Picnic with McDonald's - The Gifted Gabber

Although the Cuties and the emojis are no longer part of the Happy Meals, kids can still choose apple slices or yogurt as their second side item. The current Happy Meal toy promotion of Angry Birds runs through mid-June. Who doesn’t love those fun Angry Birds?

Easy Picnic with McDonald's - The Gifted Gabber

 

Do you and your family have a favorite picnic spot?

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  2. Kathleen Lawson says:

    We did a McDonalds picnic two weeks ago! Before I travel for work, I like to pick the kids up early for some special time with mom. When I picked them up at 3pm recently they were “starving.” They asked for McDonalds so we picked up some Happy Meals and headed to the Old Mill for a picnic. Spontaneous and couldn’t have been easier! Glad you found an easy picnic as well!

  3. Beth says:

    Sometimes we get so caught up in the “perfect” that we don’t do things to create priceless memories at all. Keeping things fun, simple an convenient is most often times the best way to engage our kiddos. Some of my fondest memories as a kid were going with my parents or grandparents to get fries and an ice cream cone or milkshake from McDonald’s!

    • The Gifted Gabber says:

      Beth, agreed. I definitely have a tendency to go over-the-top with things, and then I get so stressed that none of it is fun for me. I know those Mcdonald’s Happy Meals or ice cream stops were a treat for sure!

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