At Home Date: I Picnic You!

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I'm excited for the warmer weather because it means more time outside. My sister and I were homeschooled from 3rd grade on. One of my favorite memories was packing up the car to picnic at a nearby park, school books and all. Here I have curated some great DAY and NIGHT picnic ideas for families and couples.

Picnic Places

  • Local park, lake or beach
  • Your own backyard or living room
  • Tailgate picnic (Car/Truck) – parked in your driveway or overlooking your favorite cityscape

MENU: Picnic Food

Wine & Cheese

  • Charcuterie Board (prep in advance)
    • Meats: salami, prosciutto
    • Cheeses: sharp cheddar, pepper-jack, gouda
    • Crackers: multi-grain, flat pretzels, nut thins
    • Fruit/Veggies: berries, dried fruit, cucumbers
    • Nuts: almonds, cashews
    • Other: honey, jam, mustard, olives
  • A couple bottles of your favorite wines

This menu would be great for a romantic picnic with its variety of grazing options and could be a precursor to a night of stargazing. Pick a local, pack up the car and set the stage for a beautiful romantic evening.

STARGAZING: Take a drive away from the city lights to gaze at the stars. Bring a thermos of hot chocolate or coffee and cozy up for the show.

Finger Licking’ Good – Boxed Lunch

  • Classic:  Sandwiches, chips, pickles, fresh fruit with tea/lemonade
  • My Favorite: Fried Chicken, Biscuits, mason jars of lemonade for the kiddos and pre-made cocktails for the grown-ups (see batch recipes below) and Hand pies for dessert

A day picnic is a great way to get the family outside, just pack a lunch and get to it. Think finger foods: you can go classic with sandwiches or my personal favorite fried chicken. Bring lawn games, bikes or skates and make the most of the outdoors.

RAINY DAY PICNIC: If the weather isn’t cooperating with your picnic plans, don’t cancel, just move inside. Your living room can be a great alternative or set up your picnic in the car/truck if you are determined to get out of the house.

What to Pack in Your Picnic Basket or Cooler

  • Corkscrew/Bottle opener
  • Blankets and Pillows
  • Umbrella or Canopy
  • Insect repellent
  • Citronella candles/torches
  • Matches/lighter
  • For Clean Up: Zip-locs, wet wipes, trash bags

DAY picnic

  • Food containers/wrappers/napkins
  • Mason jars/disposable cups
  • Paper straws

Night picnic

  • Cutting board/cheese knives/toothpicks
  • Appetizer plates/cloth napkins
  • Stemless wine glasses
  • Candles (battery powered) or lantern

Pre-made: Cocktails for two

  • 6 oz strong earl grey tea
  • 2 oz simple syrup
  • 6 oz whiskey bourbon
  • Frozen blackberries

Make your simple syrup (water/sugar mix). In a mixing glass muddle berries in simple syrup. Add the earl grey tea, bourbon and ice to the glass. Stir for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled mason jar and keep on ice until ready to serve. Serve with a sprig of rosemary and a blackberry.

Adapted from: beginningwithbergamot.com

  • 4 oz grapefruit juice
  • 4 oz gin
  • 1 oz Triple Sec
  • Fresh Basil leaves

Muddle 2 basil leaves with gin and triple sec. Muddle until the leaves break down and you can smell the basil. Add ice to a mixing glass and pour in the grapefruit juice. Stir the basil mixture and grapefruit juice until well combined. Strain into a chilled mason jar and keep on ice until ready to serve. Serve with a basil leaf.

Adapted from: elletalk.com

Picnic Playlist

NOW PLAYING: Use a smartphone w/portable speaker or for a more vintage feel bring records and a player.

  • Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
  • She&Him
  • Tyrone Wells
  • Civil War
  • Johnnyswim
  • Patty Griffin
  • Spotify Playlist

My Amazon “Picnic for Two” list

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