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Summer Picnics and Barbecues : Time to enjoy the sun!

Summer Picnics and Barbecues : Time to enjoy the sun!

We often envy our friends who are teachers, since most of them have the summer off and are enjoying summer picnics.  But even for those of us who must work inside when it’s sunny and breezy outside, we can still plan gatherings with friends!

And with beautiful weather all around us, there’s no better time than to plan your summer picnics or barbecues.  An alternative to eating at a restaurant or cooking in a (hot) kitchen, planning an outdoor meal is a great idea — and excuse — to reach out to friends and loved ones and plan a gathering.

Summer picnics and barbecues are gaining in popularity.   According to data compiled by the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA), 80% of households in the U.S. own a grill or smoker, with 14 million new grills shipped in 2013 alone.

People love grilling and eating grilled food because it tastes so good, cites the survey from HPBA.  Other reasons include personal satisfaction of cooking outside and convenience.   After all, cooking and eating outside is perhaps the oldest form of preparing and providing meals known to humanity.

Some summer picnics turn out to be barbecues, as many public parks include grills — you just need to bring your own charcoal and cooking equipment.  Be sure to check to see if the park in which you’re planning to have your summer picnics have barbecuing facilities.  Even the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has a helpful page indicating barbecuing facilities.

But what if you’ve never grilled before?  Check out Grill Master’s secrets here. Is it difficult to learn?  How-to articles on the Internet abound — and you can always ask friends or neighbors for help.  Make it a learning experience as well as a party!

July 4 celebrations usually include the traditional barbecue.  Continue the tradition and plan a July 4 barbecue for friends and family.  (But hurry, as this is in a few weeks!)


Plan your summer picnics with PurpleSlate

Use PurpleSlate to create invitations to these informal summer events.  Be sure to give enough detail to make the event appear planned and important — but leave off enough information to make the event intriguing.  If the picnic or barbecue is part of your regular annual summer tradition, indicate that you’re ‘going mobile’ soon, and using a fun new app called PurpleSlate! The app is in beta and you can Sign up here to get invited to try the beta version of the app.

Remember to have you and your guests use phone’s camera to snap photos of the barbecued food, and then use PurpleSlate’s photo editing feature to enhance and beautify the moment.  You might find that this works well if you need to lighten a photo of, um, burnt food.



Posted by Jake Wengroff on May 29, 2015.

Jake WengroffI have served as the Founding Chairman of the Social Media Strategies Summit, and have written for publications such as and InformationWeek. I have been quoted in Time, Reuters, Bloomberg, and other publications on the topics of social media and marketing. If you enjoyed reading this post, join our email list to get free email updates.

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