A picnic is a pleasure excursion at which a meal is eaten outdoors (al fresco), ideally taking place in a beautiful landscape such as a park, beside a lake or with an interesting view and possibly at a public event such as before an open air theatre performance, and usually in summer.
One of my very favorite movies is Emma starring Gwyneth Paltrow. There are so many wonderful scenes in the film, but one of my very favorites is the picnic at Box Hill. The entire casts is involved and it's so enchanting. It hits me in all my sweet spots.
I love picnic's. I love the idea of putting together a bunch of yummy food (whether simple & rustic or a little more elegant), some blankets / pillows and a beautiful location. It's such a great way to relax & just enjoy.
With the weather finally in the beautiful category - far away from the horror of this past winter, full of cold and snow, it's time to put the coats away and bust out the picnic baskets. I'm an effort to cheer up everyone (I know I could use a little myself) -- let's all go on a picnic, shall we?
"Nothing is better than a picnic" - Zooey Deschanel
Where to have your lovely meal? There are SO many choices. Maybe the beach or the lake? Of course! Perhaps you don't live near the water ... the woods or a park are always an excellent choice. Do you live in the city?? What about a rooftop picnic? Those are always a great escape. One of my very favorite things to do it load up the car - drive until I find a lovely spot and just make my own park. Take a look around your house - are there country roads you have never traveled before? Maybe you will find a hidden gem.
Another great idea for the upcoming summer months is planning a large outdoor dinner for your friends & family. Maybe you can get a couple friends to help host - and have a lovely potluck dinner. The concept of dragging everyone's wood tables into a field and share a common meal. What a better way to celebrate all the wonderful things about food & fellowship.
So, you've decided to HAVE a picnic. What will you need? That's the beauty of the picnic.....there are no set rules. You can do whatever you want. BUT - if you need some help with how to put it together there is a long history of beautiful & elaborate picnic servers. For me -- I have always had a huge fondness for beautiful picnic boxes. I love the retro feel and beautiful organization. The more kitsch & retro the better. I love all the little dishes & bindings. Gets me every time.
But - at the end of the day, all you really need if the food in some sort of carrier and you are ready to go. It just never hurts to make it fancy & special.
PS - don't forget something to drink. So whether that be something from a bottle or yummy homemade ice tea served in mason jars - don't forget to quench that thirst after the hike to your destination.
What to serve....what to serve? ANYTHING you want. Make it's sandwiches or salad? Or something even simpler -- like bread & cheese. OR you can go all out and do cold fried chicken & devil eggs. The menu is up to you. Get creative!
So - it's finally time to get down to business. Take a few minutes to set up your picnic. Take a minute to make it cozy and special. I hope you take a few minutes out of your busy lives and plan a beautiful meal outside. It will really perk up your spirits and help dust off those winter blahs!