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How To Pack A Picnic

Eva Amurri Martino enjoys a picnic in her backyard

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. 

Eva Amurri Martino packs a picnic
A sandwich prepped for a picnic
Eva Amurri Martino folds a napkin to wrap a sandwich for a picnic
Eva Amurri Martino wraps up a sandwich for picnic
Eva Amurri Martino wraps up a sandwich for picnic
Eva Amurri Martino wraps up a sandwich for picnic
Eva Amurri Martino wraps up a sandwich for picnic

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!

Eva Amurri Martino packs up fruit in mason jars for a picnic
Eva Amurri Martino packs up fruit in mason jars for a picnic
Eva Amurri Martino packs up fruit in mason jars for a picnic
Eva Amurri Martino packs a picnic
A straw bag that says It's Summer Whenever

Picnic Hacks…

  • 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. 
Eva Amurri Martino kneels on a picnic blanket in her backyard
Eva Amurri Martino shows how she packs a picnic
Items packed for a picnic by Eva Amurri Martino
Eva Amurri Martino packs a picnic
Eva Amurri Martino lies down on a picnic blanket
Eva Amurri Martino lies down on a picnic blanket
Eva Amurri Martino lies down on a picnic blanket
Eva Amurri Martino eats a strawberry dessert
Eva Amurri Martino kneels on a picnic blanket in her backyard

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4 Comments

  1. Ana says:

    Awesome idea! Can you share where your sunglasses are from?

    07.25.19 Reply
  2. Amanda says:

    That baguette looks divine! I am so doing this for an outdoor dinner idea at home for the kids.

    07.25.19 Reply