Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The sun hasn't set on summer quite yet, so there is still plenty of time to assemble the perfect picnic. Nothing says summer romance like preparing a bundle of snacks and heading to a quiet and secluded outdoor corner to dine with a loved one. While the light dances through the leaves high above you, you'll be laying back and listening to the sounds of the breeze making its way through the branches and feasting on tasty snacks with your nearest and dearest. Here is everything you need for a darling picnic!  

Food: When it comes to your culinary choices, your best bet is to keep it simple. Find quick and easy recipes that are meant to be served chilled or at room temperature. This way you don't have to worry about keeping a dish hot while finding the perfect picnic spot! We love finger foods for low maintenance dining, but a fresh summer salad is hard to beat. Make sure you pack lots of seasonal fruits, cheese, and crackers for optimal snacking! For more ideas for creative picnic options, try this fruit dish or this salad

Drink: To accompany your delightful snacks, try bringing bottle of red or white wine; whichever best compliments your tasty treats. If you're looking for a alcohol-free option, try sparkling lemonade, or a lavender-infused lemonade. Don't forget to stay hydrated with plenty of water! 

Blanket: A large, comfy blanket is always a picnic essential. A thick, knit blanket is ideal for laying on grassy terrain. Woven styles in heavy cotton are always a go-to! While there are specialty blankets for outdoor adventures, we always love a classic and cozy blanket while enjoying a picnic! 

Music: Nothing sets the relaxed mood like a playlist of soothing sounds. While you're enjoying a a glass of wine or Try downloading an app like Pandora or Spotify to your phone and bringing a portable speaker or player to your picnic spot. We even have a collection of playlists perfect for dining alfresco.

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Now that you're equipped for the perfect summer picnic, complete with a complete menu of appetizers and dishes and essentials like a cozy blanket and laid-back music, all you need is the perfect picnic location! Spend your weekend under tall trees in your new favorite spot with a loved one - you can't get much more perfect than that! 


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