You may be wondering why I would create a blog on picnic planning, but with summertime upon us there are lots of opportunities for a picnic: Concerts, festivals, the beach, fireworks for the Fourth of July, Shakespeare In the Park, even an easy hike. See? Many options for eating al fresco. And I believe that if you are going to bring the inside outside, you should do it in style.
Here in the North Dallas area, a local tradition is KaboomTown. There is an air show, fireworks, music, and lots and lots of food.
Even though there is a lot of food available at the event, The Handsome Hubs & I will generally pack our own because the crowd can get pretty thick as you can see below. Plus, I prefer to bring my own adult beverage so I can enjoy it the way I wish. Actually, who am I kidding? I am just a wine snob.
I love this Sussex Picnic Basket (below) for two from One King’s Lane. It is stylish, not too big, includes a blanket for seating, plates, flatware, wine pouch, food cooler and wineglasses. The only thing missing is the actual food & wine. I think this option is good for any excursion that food and wine are an option!
Maybe you are staying home for the Fourth Of July, but still want a stylish option to show your patriotic side. I love this Kasualware Designs 10 Piece Summer Celebration Set that I found on Wayfair. You get placemats, double wall glasses, a serving tray AND an ice bucket. What is not to love? This would be cute set up on a picnic table at a park – or around the pool at home.
And here are some other items to keep in mind when you are planning a picnic:
- Plan your menu in advance, all items should:
- Travel well
- Be served at room temperature
- NOT have a lot of sauces
- Preferably be eaten with the fingers
- Don’t forget to pack:
- Insect spray
- Extra napkins
- Plastic bags t0 to put any leftovers in
- Plastic bag to use for garbage
I hope you have the opportunity to pack up some delicious food & drink and enjoy the outdoors. It’s super hot here in Texas, but nothing a good pair of shorts and a ponytail doesn’t help – especially if you are dining in the evening! Picnic planning doesn’t have to be difficult – just have fun!