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Picnic Etiquette for Memorial Day Weekend

A picnic is networking at its best. I put together some etiquette reminders as we set to go out, have fun and socialize with family and friends.

The first summer holiday weekend is upon us, finally, the beginning of summer, sunshine and long days. I put together some etiquette reminders as we set to go out, have fun and socialize with family and friends. Whether you are the guest at a picnic, graduation party or family reunion — you may even be the host — we have to think about our behavior and putting our best foot forward. A picnic is networking at its best.

Picnics are becoming more personalized. We choose the foods we serve, our dining partners, and the location. Planned or impromptu, picnics are casual, fun and relaxed. The history of picnicking is credited to the Europeans, and people all around the world enjoying participating in these leisurely outings. The earliest picnics in England were medieval hunting feasts. We've come a long way. 

After your invitation arrives, ask the host if you can bring something. They always appreciate the gesture. 

Once you get there, track down the host to greet them, as they will be busy in many directions. 

Talk to your children about the rules and what you expect from them, the running in and out of doors, their dirty plates, where in the house or neighborhood they are allowed to go. Can they go on the neighbors trampoline? 

When going through the potluck line, just take one serving. You can always go back for seconds. Remember the double dipping rule!

If you are bringing food to share, try to at least double your recipe. 

If you are a vegetarian, talk to your host about the choices they are serving or choices for you to bring. Picnics are about sharing food items and space. 

When playing outdoor games, think about the best place to throw the frisbee. 

Watch your foul language, as well as your alcohol intake, at picnics and ball parks. These are family friendly activities. Let's keep them that way.  

Remember to clean up after yourself and throw trash away. You may have to clean up after others as well.

Always say good-bye to the host and thank them.  

Use your common sense, simple rules and enjoy yourself (not at the expense of others). Always be the better person.

Happy Memorial Day.

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Sallie M May 25, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Wow! After reading through the all the comments I'm glad I choose to pick my battles! If being offended by this etiquette post is the worst thing that has happened to you, I want your life! (And your time) Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!
Peter Grossetti May 25, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Bob - I never said I wanted to argue; I just want you to call me "trash" to my face ... just like you did to other people here who do not share your views who are trying to have a rational conversation. Everyone else - These types of immature, name-calling, antagonists need to be "called out." They hide behind their keyboards. They insult people's opinions. They have no solutions.
Steve May 25, 2012 at 05:44 PM
@Bob, you have wayyyyyyyyy to many prejudices, you should spend more time working on those than sitting at your computer, unless of course your looking up self-help directives.
tom m May 25, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Ok Nikki ferrell why is it allowed that someone post that my kids are stupid, and your regional editor Susan Patton agree with him
Susan Ruiz Patton May 25, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Dear readers, I'm sorry. I was responding to the common sense part of Bob's comments. Not his description of someone else's children. Susan

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