Inexpensive Summer Picnic Ideas for Memorial Day

Summer Picnic Ideas
The most important part of any party (at least in my family!) is the food.  But that is also one of the most expensive aspects.  Here are some of my favorite go-to summer picnic ideas that are delicious, easy to make, and won’t break the bank!

Update: Watch my Segment on Fox Rochester describing all these ideas

Fun and Inexpensive Summer Picnic Ideas

Picnic Recipes:

Summer Picnic Ideas

BBQ Chicken Pizza on the grill: It’s not a summer party without grilled meat. But meat is often the most costly item on the menu. My solution is to make thin crust pizzas with cheese, barbecue sauce, and shredded chicken and heat them on the grill. It is delicious, easy to eat, and satisfies everyone’s cravings without requiring pounds and pounds of meat.

Buffalo Chicken Style Dip 2

Lightened Up Buffalo Style Dip with Chips – This delicious recipe uses Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, but you could never tell!

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Broccoli Slaw Salad with Yogurt Dressing: This is a healthy alternative to mayonnaise-based coleslaw or potato salads. It is also inexpensive and easy to throw together. See the full recipe here.

4th of July Dessert Recipe

4th of July Berry Trifle – This dessert looks classy and perfect for guests but it is beyond simple to make!

Fruit Pizza

Fruit Pizza: One of my family’s favorite desserts. It’s easy to prepare, addictingly good, and feeds a lot of people inexpensively.  Find my favorite fruit pizza recipe here.

Decor Ideas:

summer picnic ideas

It’s not a party without fun decor! I printed out this adorable banner for free, and put it together with twine I already had!

Here are some more DIY Memorial Day decor ideas on a dime:

DIY Patriotic WreathPatriotic Wreath Tutorial

Fruit CupsHanging Star Fruit Cups

WindsockDIY Patriotic Windsock

Even more ideas:

Patriotic Windsock Craft

Parade Wands

Patriotic Oreo Pops

Red White and Blue Smoothie

Red White and Blue Freezer Pops

Star Spangled Rice Krispie Treats

Red White & Blue Cake Mix Cookies


What are your favorite Summer Picnic Ideas??

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  1. Thank you for including my patriotic craft in your list. I think we’ll make the red white and blue freezer pops this weekend!

  2. I love this! We don’t have plans yet for Memorial Day, but now I just might make some.

  3. I love the windsocks! What a cute idea!

  4. Great ideas! I cannot wait to be outside having fun this summer!

  5. I love all these ideas. Picnic in the summer are a must-do, aren’t they. It just doesn’t feel like summer until you can get outside and grill. Thanks much!


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