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Spring picnic quiz: who are you?

Cici Liu

Punxsutawney Phil has spoken: spring has sprung! In the spirit of blooming flowers and sunny weekends, now is the perfect time to get outdoors with friends and family. One of my favorite ways to spend a spring weekend is with a picnic. But how do our picnic opinions stack up? Take this quiz to find out what your spring picnic spread says about you.
1. Where are you planning your picnic?
a. A hiking trail
b. At the beach
c. The local park
2. How are you transporting your picnic?
a. The cooler I bring on Outdoor Ed.
b. A wicker picnic basket.
c. Plastic or paper bags.
3. What are you sitting on?
a. Folding chairs, preferably the ones with sun shades.
b. A red checkered blanket.
c. …the ground?
4. What kind of cutlery are you using?
a. Reusable plastic plates and silverware.
b. Ceramic plates and metal silverware.
c. I have two hands and a lap for a reason.
5. What do you have for appetizers?
a. A vegetable mix and some hard boiled eggs.
b. A fruit spread and a charcuterie board.
c. My favorite kind of chips and dip.
6. What kind of sandwiches did you pack?
a. Build-your-own.
b. Tea sandwiches — egg salad, cucumber, and smoked salmon.
c. Do burgers and hot dogs count?
7. What’s to drink?
a. Water from my reusable bottle.
b. Sparkling pink lemonade from Trader Joe’s.
c. Soda.
8. What sweet treat did you bring?
a. Chocolate dipped strawberries I made myself.
b. A custom cake from a local bakery.
c. Cookies from the store.
9. What activity did you plan?
a. Enjoy the conversation.
b. A couple of card games.
c. A nice snooze under the sun.

Mostly A’s: The Pragmatist
You prioritize efficiency over aesthetics. Your goal with this picnic is to run it smoothly and have a good time, and this is definitely not your first rodeo. You are passionate about environmental efforts, so you love reusable and sustainable alternatives to disposable picnic items. You probably love the outdoors and may or may not have made your friends hike several miles to your picnic destination.

Mostly B’s: The Pinterest Enthusiast
The whole reason you planned this picnic was to take pictures for your Instagram, wasn’t it? You’re disciplined, artistic and prefer the classics, prioritizing a picturesque picnic feel above practicality or ease. You probably put on a tea dress for this event and have been planning it for weeks, spending hours searching for the most beautiful outdoor venue you could find.

Mostly C’s: The Path of Least Resistance

It’s possible you forgot about this picnic until you were on the way there. You may have been thirty minutes late, but at least you brought everyone’s favorite snacks! You prioritize working smarter, not harder, and you’re very independent. You don’t subscribe to conventional picnic norms — you’re there to have a good time, not to look good. You’re happy with whatever is easiest.

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Maddie Hays
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