Summer is almost here, and that means it’s time for a picnic! So pack a basket, gather some friends to share with, and find a shady spot to enjoy some outdoor dining and relaxation. Here are a few tips to make your picnicking even easier:
Stick with finger food.
I’m not the best packer around, so if I can forget the plates at home, I probably will. Make life a little easier by packing things that don’t even need a fork. I like to stick with salami, a hard cheese (in this case, it was a small wedge of Manchego), some olives, and other antipasto-style snacks. I packed a baguette to beef up the contents of my picnic basket, and voilà! Dinner is served.
Bring a blanket.
This one seems pretty self-explanatory, and it is. Unlike plates and silverware, this is one picnic item that you might not want to leave at home. No need to buy something special–a flannel blanket or sheet will do just fine, and give your winter wares a use for summer.
Don’t forget dessert!
In keeping with the “finger food” rule, I decided to pack some macarons, because they are cute and delicious and totally easy to eat.
Pack some wine.
Just be sure to check your region’s alcohol laws first–if you’re going to a state park, you might not be allowed to have open bottles. If you’re all clear, then bring a bottle or two of La Crema’s Pinot Gris or Rosé. Both are wonderful warm-weather wines that are just perfect for outdoor enjoyment.
Cheers! Happy picnicking!
Photos by Brooke Alexandra Photography.