One of my favorite vibes of the Summer months is a picnic vibe!! We live in a beach town, and families flock there in the evening to socialize, eat dinner, and let the kids run around and babysit each other. LOL. It’s such a fun way to spend family time that everyone enjoys. I don’t know about you, but my kids eat better every single time when we are outside of our house! There are some cute ways to pack a picnic to look chic and be effective for storing and transporting food. Today I thought I would share a little look at a picnic I packed recently, along with some hacks for picnic-packing smooth sailing during your summer days.
For this picnic, I decided to pack a delicious but easy lunch. I made layered salads– one fruit and one Cobb– and packed them in mason jars, with a fork tied around each with a ribbon. These are also excellent work lunch ideas if you like to bring your own to the office! Make sure you chop the ingredients in to a small chop to help them layer most easily. I also packed a prosciutto, brie, and grainy mustard baguette. I only put the mustard on half, since the kids don’t care for it. I like to wrap sandwiches for picnics in cloth napkins to reduce waste. Lastly, I made cups of Angel food cake cubes, layered with fresh strawberries and whipped cream for dessert! You can use a cupcake tin to serve the cups, since it holds them upright even in sandy or grassy conditions. I bought the angel food cake from the grocery story and cut it in to cubes at home, before packing to assemble at the picnic. Wine was a must as well! We love the reusable wine glasses from Goverre, because the come with tops for easy packing and drinking. And gorge colors!
- Stick reusable water bottles filled with water in the freezer to double as ice packs in your picnic. As the ice melts, you can drink the water!
- Citronella Candles for the bugs (always a must)
- Place an un used shower curtain under your blanket to stop it from getting wet!
- Pop cupcake wrappers over your drinks to keep the bugs away! You stick a hole in the center for the straw.
- Portable speaker? Pop your iphone into an empty cup!
- If you are eating popsicles, place a cupcake wrapper below the popsicle to prevent drippy messes
- Freeze drinks ahead of time and make frozen flavored ice cubes
- Use a cupcake tray to serve your drinks, or cut up veggie sticks and dip
- Tie a fork around your mason jars with ribbons, or wrap entire place settings with the napkin to hand out individual sets.