When was the last time you went on a real picnic? Not just take-out in the grass, but a meal enjoyed in a gorgeous natural setting? It's time to make some plans!
Involve your kids: allow them to pick a spot. You pick the direction of the car; they tell you when you've reached your destination.
Think non-traditional: how about a picnic at mom or dad's office? Head to your city's downtown and do some people watching, a farmer's field (with permission of course.)
Pack one unexpected item: cards to play a game, a new food to try, a dessert from a fancy bakery, or water balloons.
And what about the gear? I'm powerless to resist a beautiful picnic basket set, what about you?
If you're a classic kind of girl, how about this Piccadilly picnic set?
If you're a modern sort of chick, what about this adorable Dotty Spot set?
Oh, I can hear you now, you're a minimalist. Go South Asian and pick up a pair of Tiffin boxes for a smart picnic--Garam Masala optional. (Yes, those are three containers that stack and secure into one carrying device.)
Plan ahead for little bums and pick a blanket for your picnic. I love this bold stripe blanket from Land's End.
I was raised with one blanket that did everything: my dad's US Army GI blanket. It's a workhorse, and there may be no more sturdy a blanket for a picnic. Plus, grass stains? Invisible.
What Should You Pack?
1. Le Classic for Two
1 baguette, 1 wedge of brie, a few slices of cured meat, maybe a hard boiled egg, grapes, and a chocolate bar to share. Don't forget the drink: fizzyFrench lemonade
2. American Summer
Shrimp po' boys, bean salad, watermelon wedges, and salt water taffy. Don't forget the Coke basket!
3. Kid-Friendly Special
PB&Js cut into shapes with a cookie cutter, baby carrots, potato chips, and black and white cookies