This is a bit random, but for the past few summers I have been thinking that my family should do more picnicking. In my mind’s eye, it seems idyllic. The big blanket, great food and wine, letting the kids fly kites and maybe even watching the sunset. Now, for the record, I have absolutely no picnic gear and no experience picnicking anywhere but the beach. My beach experience, however, was less picnic more “packing a lunch for a day at the beach.” So, basically, I have no experience picnicking. But, I am undeterred. I am going to make it happen this year and, if I have anything to say about it, we are taking our maiden voyage this weekend.
Of course, I am not willing to do this half way. It is amazing what some people can do with a picnic. It must takes hours of preparation and lots of help transporting things to the site. While I am inspired by all of the amazing picnic images I see out there, I am pretty sure that my own picnic will not be quite as pulled together. Nevertheless, since I need to gather some basics, I decided that I may as well choose pieces that I love.
Of course, no picnic is complete without picnic food. I think the best picnic food is food that tastes great at room temperature. I don’t have any interest in bringing a camping stove or portable BBQ on a picnic. Everything below can be made ahead and transports fairly easily. I would definitely be excited to see this feast on my picnic blanket.
With my gear and menu in place, all that is left is finding the perfect patch of grass for my blanket. Wish me luck!