Summertime has a way of bringing people outdoors to relax in the cool evening breeze. Eating a leisurely light dinner or a having picnic at the local park on a warm evening sounds pretty nice, right? Is there anyone among us who does not have fond memories of lazy summer evenings spent outdoors in a park or at a lake while sitting around a folding picnic table or lounging on a blanket?
The truth is, picnics are the embodiment of the spirit of summer: spending quality time with nature and the people you care about. We all love chatting with our family and friends around a fresh summertime meal with a soft breeze blowing. And most of us prefer doing that in relative comfort.
Yes, picnics are great. But when you’re sitting for two hours cross-legged on a blanket which is being continually attacked by brigades of super-sized ants, it begins to lose some of its charm. Which is where folding picnic tables come in. Most people don’t worry about tables when they go on a family picnic. They grab their blanket, grab their basket, and… go off and have a nice time. Trying to ignore the pain in their lower back.
The same goes for all those summertime camping trips, too. Not every one has a motor home or trailer with a built in table. And when you go tent camping, it’s not a lot of fun to perch on a rock eating your fire-cooked meal in your lap– at least, not after the first 15 minutes or so.
Different Kinds of Folding Picnic Tables
Most campers and picnic-goers think using a picnic table means packing and hauling a huge wooden table around the city. And while that kind of portable picnic table does exist, there are also folding picnic tables for more casual events. These kinds of picnic tables range from metal table and chair sets that fold into suitcase-sized containers, to nifty little roll-up bamboo tables with adjustable legs.
The best thing about all of these tables? You can fold them up, load them up with your camping or picnic gear, and go off into the wild. No vehicle required.
Most modern day portable outdoor tables are made from plastic and metal tubing. The actual table tops come in a wide array of colors and finishes. They can be smooth or textured, water-proof and stain-proof. Outdoor portable tables tend to be much lighter than wooden tables and are easy for just about anybody to carry. Some portable picnic tables are even made from 100% recycled plastic, making them a green product, as well. And they’re not just for picnics. If you don’t already have a backyard picnic table, these types of tables are great for BBQ’s, parties, crafts, camping, tail-gate parties, and much more.
What to Look for in a Portable Picnic Table
If you’re using it for camping or in the backyard, your portable picnic table needs to be strong, sturdy and built to last. Remember, kids will want to be climbing on them and fishing gear and hunting supplies may be plopped down on top of them when they are not being used for eating. So if you are going to be using your picnic table for everyday use, find one that has a steel frame and hinges with safety locks. Also look for one made from durable molded plastic for easy clean up.
If you’re going to be buying a folding picnic table this summer, be prepared to do a lot of comparison shopping. If this is your very first one, you will be amazed at all of the various styles, sizes and colors that you have to choose from.
Karen Talavera, the editor of Divine Dinner Party, loves to cook and celebrate the summer! You can learn a lot more about the different kinds of folding picnic tables at her website.