Who says a day at the beach has to mean basic (sandy) sandwiches? Take a real picnic. You will be happy. You will be fed. Your food won’t be filled with sand. Lots of ice in the cooler. It’s summer. Make it happen.
Tips and other notes:
Bring small plastic cups for the soup.
Aqua Fresca: http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1012543-watermelon-or-cantaloupe-agua-fresca
Tomatoes – use red onions. I would toss with extra virgin olive oil, oregano, a little red wine vinegar and salt and pepper.
Bring plastic bowls for the orzo. Bowls trump plates on a beach!
Remember forks and spoons!