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10 Beach Inspired Recipes for a Summer Beach Picnic

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“School’s out for summer…”

That’s the theme song of kids all over the country right now!  School’s out, summer’s on and that means it’s time for lazy days at the beach.  Afternoons spent with toes in the sand, salty air, and yummy beach picnic food and drinks.

the beach

Summer is one of our favorite times of the year; we get to let our hair down,  sleep in a bit,  and plan long days and weekends at the beach with our friends.  You can follow the train of cars down the causeway and with the windows rolled down, the salt air fills the car as it wafts in on the breeze.

The sound of giggles from the backseat, the excitement building in the air until it’s palpable – that’s summer to me, that’s summer to our kids and friends.

With canopies lining the beach, chairs lining the shore, and pails and shovels scattered along as kids search for seashells, build sandcastles and bury each other in the sand, there’s a sense of freedom and joy and pure happiness. It fills you up and you feel your muscles relaxing, the tension draining from your body as you set up your own canopy, set up your own chair and start to get your own beach pedicure.

beach chair

 

With fresh air and beach play comes hunger, and while cooking at the beach is a really fun experience all on its own, sometimes you just want to relax and point the hungry hordes towards the canopies and the ice chests while you read your book, lay in the sun, or just sit and soak it all in.

In celebration of summer, lazy days at the beach and the fact that summer is made for picnics and fun finger foods, I’ve put together 10 delicious beach inspired recipes that will keep you and your family well fed and hydrated during your fun day at the beach.


  • 10 Beach Inspired Recipes for your Beach Picnic 1 of 11
    10 Beach Inspired Recipes for your Beach Picnic
  • Summer Breeze 2 of 11
    Summer Breeze
    The breeze coming off the ocean has a magical feel to it; it's cooling and a bit salty and is the epitome of summer. This aptly named Summer Breeze drink would be perfect for taking to the beach to enjoy with your beach snacks, and your toes in the sand. A Southern Fairytale
  • Watermelon Jalapeno Mojito 3 of 11
    Watermelon Jalapeno Mojito
    What's a day at the beach without refreshments? These Watermelon Jalapeno Mojitos would be wonderfully refreshing. Recipe from Prudent Baby
  • Deviled Egg Boats 4 of 11
    Deviled Egg Boats
    Deviled eggs are easy to prepare ahead of time, they're always a crowd pleaser, and when you turn them into cute little sail boats with the addition of veggie sails, they're a thematic delight! Recipe from Spoonful
  • Watermelon Fruit Bucket 5 of 11
    Watermelon Fruit Bucket
    Watermelon is one of the ultimate beach foods - delicious, hydrating, and portable. This adorable Watermelon Fruit Bucket would be a fun and festive way to serve fruit at your beach picnic. Recipe from National Watermelon Promotion Board
  • Enchanted Sushi for Kids 6 of 11
    Enchanted Sushi for Kids
    I love this adorable kid-friendly sushi. A fun finger food that keeps them happy and is easy and fun for the beach picnic! Recipe fromBabble Food
  • Toasted Seaweed Strips 7 of 11
    Toasted Seaweed Strips
    If you really want to have some fun with your beach picnic foods, try these amazing homemade toasted seaweed strips! Recipe FromChow Divine
  • Fishy Sandwiches 8 of 11
    Fishy Sandwiches
    It's easy to keep little hands and tummies happy with their favorite sandwiches cut into fishies (or other beachy shapes). What a fun way to keep them eating and happy! Image via Savvy Mom
  • Spice Rubbed BBQ Chicken 9 of 11
    Spice Rubbed BBQ Chicken
    Every picnic needs some bbq chicken, and the great thing about this recipe is that it can be grilled at home and served cold if you don't feel like standing over a grill on the beach - or you can bring it to the beach and grill it there. Either way - easy and delicious and will result in happy picnic goers. Recipe FromCrumbly Cookie
  • Turkey and Ham Veggie Wraps 10 of 11
    Turkey and Ham Veggie Wraps
    Hand-held foods are perfect for the picnic, and foods prepped ahead of time are perfect for the beach. These delicious cold and crisp Turkey and Ham Veggie Wraps are great beach food! Recipe from A Southern Fairytale
  • Starfish S’mores 11 of 11
    Starfish S'mores
    What's a beach picnic or camping trip without s'mores? These starfish s'mores are absolutely adorable, easy to make ahead of time, and perfect for little hands. Get the recipe on Hungry Happenings

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