Can we get real here for a minute? Why aren’t picnics a real thing? I’ll be honest, this was totally styled and I barely ate any of what was here. Don’t get me wrong, I DID eat the key lime pie I brought, duh. But I wanted to create this spread for a few reasons. One it’s pretty and two, I wanted to share some great recipes perfect for a picnic. And after I created this super easy menu I realized we need to do picnics much more. They’re so easy to put together, a great way to get outside and spend time with friends.
I truly want to know why we we aren’t packing more picnics with friends and heading to a local park to enjoy it. It may be that Atlanta summers are so insanely hot. This usually means eating outside isn’t really enjoyable for most of the summer months. I’m now on a mission to make picnics a thing.
And I know it’s not just me. Even when I found this adorable picnic basket at World Market, the cashier said to me, why don’t people have more picnics?! Amen girl! So yes, this was all staged and it was at 8am. But we did it for the blog because that’s the world I live in. However, I texted my girlfriends the second it was over and demanded we have a REAL picnic together as friends. And I’d be in charge of the picnic basket, obviously. And probably dessert because these key lime pies are the best thing I’ve ever made.
Picnic Ideas + My Simple Menu
So if you want to bring the picnic back, here’s the best inspiration I could create for you. It was easy to do and only required a few simple things. A great picnic basket, cute outdoor plates, and a few simple recipes. I made chimichurri chicken with blistered tomato sandwiches (so easy), classic pasta salad in mason jars to make life easier and everyone gets their own. Plus, the two of these together make for easy summer dinners so you can enjoy them as leftovers. And lastly, and my favorite, these mini no-bake key lime pies. Bring a bottle of wine, and maybe some watermelon to snack on and you’ve got yourself the perfect picnic.
shop picnic baskets
Every picnic needs a good picnic basket. They help to carry ALL of the things to your destination. Plus, they keep everything cool too. Don’t forget to add in any ice packs to keep your food cool on a hot day. There’s so many picnic basket options to choose from. You can go super fancy and get one that comes with a set of flatware and glasses like mine does. Or just a basic basket that you can fill with your own items.
shop outdoor serving ware
Having a few outdoor serving ware and flatware to enjoy your picnic can help to make everything feel less messy and like you’re just camping. When you can, pack your items in easy to hold and eat containers like these mason jars for pasta salad.
shop picnic blankets
And of course, every picnic needs a big blanket to sit on! I love just a turkish towel for this. They double as great tablecloths, throws and more. They’re a great item to have on hand for a beach trip, picnic and everything in between.
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Target Blanket c/o • World Market Picnic Basket • Juliska Plates c/o • Target Plates • Ball Mason Jars
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