5 Simple Tips to a Successful Picnic

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It’s almost summer and with summertime comes picnics with the family. I have so many fun memories as a child having picnics with my sisters, even when the picnics were in our own backyard. Now as a mom of 3 little girls and a Mimi to a granddaughter, I get to help them create fun and amazing memories while having summertime picnics. Here are 5 simple tips to a successful picnic so you can create the perfect family experience with your kids or your significant other; who says you have to have kids to have a picnic?

5 Simple Tips to a Successful Picnic

In order to get ready for my picnic I headed to my local Walmart and grabbed a few supplies that are necessary for a successful picnic. I first went to the Drink  Mix aisle and had to grab some Kool-Aid Easy Mix, which come in 3 different flavors: Cherry, Tropical Punch, and Grape. Of course I had to grab all three because not only are they affordable but I have 4 little girls that will be joining me at this picnic and they have their favorites.Kool-Aid Easy Mix

Picnics can be fun for any age but you want to make sure that you bring the right supplies so your experience can be as close to perfect as possible. Here are my 5 simple tips to a successful picnic and I hope that you find them helpful.

  • Pick the perfect spot: Finding the perfect picnic spot does not have to be hard. You want to make sure that you find a spot that has a shaded area, possibly a restroom if you are going to be with little kids and a spot that is clean. Our favorite picnic spots are at parks and sometimes in our own backyard!
  • Plan fun games and activities: During our picnics we like to bring fun toys such as hula hoops, scooters, bikes, balls, and toy cars. Even if you go to a park, it is always fun to bring extra toys for imagination fun and a scooter or a bike for extra exercise.
  • Stay hydrated: After our picnic is over we like to run around and play, so it is important to stay hydrated. I make sure to pack water bottles along with Kool-Aid Easy Mix. My girls love to choose from the different flavor options that consist of cherry, tropical punch, and grape. As a mom I love how simple the Kool-Aid Easy Mix is to use. It is so simple that my girls can add the mix to their own water bottles without any help from me. I also appreciate that Kool-Aid Easy Mix has 50% less sugar than leading regular sodas.
  • Pack the right supplies: Make sure that you pack for the expected but also the unexpected. I always like to pack extra clothes for my younger kids, wet wipes, a few band aids, bug spray and sunblock. Doing this will make everyone’s picnic more enjoyable.
  • Bring a special treat: I love to bake and my girls love to eat what I bake, so I always try and whip up a special treat each time we go on a fun picnic. Often times I will bake cupcakes since they are simple to make, they travel well, easy to eat and are fun to get creative with. Since I purchased the Kool-Aid Easy Mix I decided to create some Kool-Aid Poke Cupcakes using the 3 different flavors from the Kool-Aid Easy Mix. Since my girls loved them and since they were super simple to make I thought I would share with my readers how to make them.

Kool-Aid Poke Cupcakes are a simple recipe to make and a recipe that you can have your kids help you with.

Step One

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Step 3

Once you have finished making your Kool-Aid Poke Cupcakes, you can start preparing the icing. The Kool-Aid icing is very simple to make.

Kool-Aid Icing

After you have mixed the Kool-Aid Easy Mix into the icing you will then ice your cupcakes and maybe put a little bit of fun sprinkles on top!

Kool-Aid Poke Cupcakes

Kool-Aid Poke Cupcakes

Kool-Aid Mix Poke Cupcakes

Kool-Aid Poke Cupcakes
Recipe Type: Cupcakes
Cuisine: Dessert
Author: House of Fauci’s
The easiest cupcake recipe using Kool-Aid Easy Mix
  • Box of Cake Mix- with ingredients listed on box
  • Icing
  • Kool-Aid Easy Mix- they come in 3 flavors, you choose which flavor or choose all 3
  • Sprinkles- optional
  1. CAKE
  2. Bake cake as directed
  3. Let cool
  4. Once cake is cool- poke holes on the top with a fork
  5. Pour 1 teaspoon of Kool-Aid Easy Mix into a spoon
  6. Pour the teaspoon of Kool-Aid Easy Mix onto the top of each cupcake
  7. ICING
  8. If you are using more than one flavor of Kool-Aid Easy Mix- divide icing into separate bowls
  9. Pour 1 tablespoon of Kool-Aid Easy Mix into each bowl and stir. Depending on how much icing you have, you may need to pour more
  10. Frost cupcakes and add a little sprinkle

Poke Cupcakes

If you want to see an in store demo of the Kool-Aid Easy Mix, Walmart will be having in store demos throughout the month of April. Check here to see if a store near you will have a Kool-Aid Easy Mix in store demo.

How do you like your Kool-Aid? Have you tried the Kool-Aid Easy Mix?


  1. What an awesome way to make cupcakes. Thanks for the picnic tips.

  2. Now that is such a wonderful tip for the cupcakes – great list of tips for a good picnic!

  3. My family loves picnic and we are planning a short trip for this upcoming holidays. My kids would definitely like this Kool-Aid cupcakes. It looks so yummy and soft. Will have to try this for sure. Thanks a lot for sharing this yummy recipe.

  4. We haven’t gone on a picnic in a long time. That’s a great idea. I never considered Kool Aid to make cupcakes, but it makes sense, Kool Aid is awesome.

  5. My kids will love these cupcakes. They are perfect for picnics, birthdays or just for everyday

  6. Great ideas, a picnic just isn’t a picnic without a bit of Kool-Aid! I’m loving the frosting idea, very creative!

  7. My kids would love to help make poke cupcakes! I’ll have to pick up each Kool-Aid flavor and each can make their own! Thanks for sharing! #client

  8. I’ve poured JELL-O into cupcakes before but never Kool-Aid. That is a great idea. I love the idea of adding it to the frosting too. I’ll have to try it this Spring! Thank you for the great idea.

  9. What a fun cupcake! My little M would love to try to make these. You know she’s the baker in our family 😉 I haven’t had Kool-Aid in years, they have really upped their product game but it was something about those little Kool-Aid packets that I loved as a kid!

  10. Great ideas. I don’t think I’ve been on a picnic since I moved to Florida, it is just too hot and buggy. I do need to check out that new Kool Aid for my kids at church though.

  11. We love doing picnics with the family! I haven’t had poke cupcakes before, but they look yummy!

  12. Don’t forget to stay away from ants. Lol. especially with all the sweets 🙂

  13. The cupcakes look so yummy! We haven’t been a picnic yet so thank you!

  14. I love picnic time. These are great tips!

  15. I can’t wait for Spring/Summer picnics! They are the best and yum those cupcakes!

  16. Poke cakes are so much fun. Poke cupcakes are even better!

  17. I love the idea for poke and pour cupcakes! Poke and Pour cake is one of my favorites, but I never thought to do it for cupcakes!

  18. Ann Bacciaglia says

    We used to love having picnics in our yard when the kids were little. I will have to try this recipe. they look delicious.

  19. I have not seen these Kool Aid’s before. These look so versatile!

  20. What cute cupcakes. Neat idea, too I honestly cannot pass up a cupcake at all.

  21. The cupcakes look good and the use of Koolaid in them is different.

  22. What adorable cupcakes! I grew up on Kool-Aid and still enjoy it every so often. This is making me want to have a picnic now that the weather is getting better! 🙂

  23. Now that’s my kind of picnic. I need to try to make these with the boychild.

  24. Wow, those are really pretty. I’ve never tried using Kool-aid for cupcakes before. This is such a cool recipe!

  25. How fun! I can’t wait to start picnics again! I will have to remember this, looks great!

  26. Great ideas! I haven’t been on a picnic in forever! And those cupcakes look amazing!

  27. Summer is always too hot for a picnic. Today at lunch it was already 90F but those cupcakes sure look yummy!

  28. Yum!! Sounds like the perfect picnic. all you need is a bike ride with the kiddos and you are all set.

  29. My husband is obsessed with going on picnics. They’re so fun! The cupcakes look so tasty!

  30. I love picnics. I am so glad the weather is getting warmer so I can go on some now. I love the idea of the Kool Aid in the cupcakes and the frosting. Really great idea!

  31. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    Now that the weather is warming up, I am excited to get outside for more picnics! We love them.

  32. My kids will love this! I think this would be a great way to enhance my Grape Soda Cupcakes with a spoonful of grape Kool-Aid right under the frosting.

    I’m dying to try this Kool-Aid. I have a weakness for it, lol. I had no idea they had more flavors than just the tropical punch. It’s the only one at my Walmart. I’m hoping when they have the demo this weekend, I can grab the other two flavors.

  33. We have weekly family nights and now that the weather is warming up, we love to do picnics. This is a great thing for me to refer back to!

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