- 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
- For Clean Up: Zip-locs, wet wipes, trash bags
- Food containers/wrappers/napkins
- Mason jars/disposable cups
- Paper straws
- 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
NOW PLAYING: Use a smartphone w/portable speaker or for a more vintage feel bring records and a player.
- Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
- Tyrone Wells
- Civil War
- Patty Griffin
- Spotify Playlist