Summer is in full swing and that means it’s picnic time at my house! This weekend we’re hosting our family reunion. We usually get around 150 guests. With that many people coming, I have to be organized and efficient, especially when transporting food and tableware back and forth. Here are some neat picnic caddies that would work well for that task.
Here’s a good way to serve condiments from Muffin Tin Mommy. As the blog name suggests, the caddy utilizes a muffin tin. I like the idea of having all the condiments easily accessible without having all those jars and bowls taking up precious table space.
Jen from IHeart Organizing upcycled a cardboard drink carrier into a silverware and condiment caddy. She has lots of good ideas for going green.
Kelly from The Centsible Life went one step further by mod-podging her drink carrier. She started with a six-pack cardboard carrier and added decorative paper to match the decor.
If you don’t have a drink carrier, make your own with instructions from Scor-Pal. Katie Renz graciously provides a free printable tutorial.
Here’s a wonderful cutlery holder made from upcycled tin cans. Madame Criativa is a Portuguese blog, but most internet browsers will translate the instructions to English for you.
I love this one wire basket bought at a dollar store. The Harris Sisters put condiments and snacks in this caddy to keep things organized and easily accessible for little ones.
If you’re like me, you may have a few (dozen;-) baskets sitting around the house. Here’s an easy way to convert a basket to a grilling and picnic caddy by adding dowel rods. Hoosier Homemade provides great instructions. Wouldn’t one of these baskets filled with grilling tools make a great gift?
Here’s an adorable picnic caddy from Whipperberry. Heather used acrylic paints to turn an old wood caddy into a charming picnic caddy that would look great on any picnic table.
If you’re not lucky enough to find an old wood box when you’re thrift shopping, you could always make your own. Runner Duck provide great instructions for this picnic caddy.
Wayne of the Woods also has a tutorial for making a caddy. It’s a fun and practical project using scraps from around the workshop. I don’t do woodworking, but maybe I can get my husband busy on this project.
I couldn’t resist including this picnic table condiment holder from Instructables. Not only are downloadable instructions provided, but there’s a video too. Hmmm, maybe my son will read this blog and make me one;-) Of course, with 150 guests expected, I’ll need about 20 of them!
Whichever caddy you like best, I know it would look fantastic on a gingham checkerboard tablecloth. One of my favorite tablecloths available for sale at Bright Settings is Red Polycheck (you can also rent them). Tablecloths and napkins made of this fabric are sturdy and stain-resistant, but have a wonderful soft feel (watch video below). Click on either of the links above or call one of knowledgeable salespeople at 1-800-327-6025 for more information about this delightful fabric. Any of the seven available colors sure would look great on your picnic table!