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Four Tips for Packing a Great Picnic

pack a basket, gather some friends to share with, and find a shady spot to enjoy some outdoor dining and relaxation.

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.

Informal, casual, fun: Leave the silverware at home and pick tasty finger foods.

Informal, casual, fun: Leave the silverware at home and pick tasty finger foods.

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.

The versatile picnic blanket: Table and chairs all-in-one.

The versatile picnic blanket: Table and chairs all-in-one.

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.

Can't find macaroons? Try cupcakes, fresh fruit, or brownies.

Can’t find macaroons? Try cupcakes, fresh fruit, or brownies.

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.

Our Pinot Gris and Rosé are filled with the flavors of summer. A must for any picnic basket.

Our Pinot Gris and Rosé are filled with the flavors of summer. A must for any picnic basket.

Cheers! Happy picnicking!

Photos by Brooke Alexandra Photography.

 

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Megan Flynn Peterson is a blogger and self-proclaimed foodie with dreams of a literary life. She has a master’s in Children’s Literature and an affinity for cultural studies, good food, great wine, bookstores, and those first few weeks of autumn. Her hobbies include running, cooking, taking photos, and blogging away at Freckled Italian. She currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, where she drinks coffee, writes personal essays, and tries to keep the house clean.

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