How to Host a Summer Picnic
Find your picnic spot, grab a bunch of friends, prepare some delicious nibbles, enjoy the warm weather and just for a moment, forget about the passing of time and just BE in the moment.
Here's a few tips to get you on your way to hosting a picture perfect picnic.
Plan for the weather
Something that is easily overlooked is the weather. Temper-mental by nature, its always good to be prepared. Pick a spot with some shade or bust out an umbrella or tent. Either way, don't forget to wear sunscreen!
Create a comfy area
Just because you're not setting a table doesn't mean you can't lay out your linens. Leave the all-white behind (because grass stains), throw some cushions in the mix and unfold linen tea towels atop a striped blanket or beach towel. The more layers, the better.
Fuss free nibbles
Opt for food that is easy to transport and can hold up in warmer weather or even better, that don’t require plates. Sandwiches are great for kids and adults alike but this recipe from Massimo Mele of pancetta wrapped figs are a wonderful option that your friends will absolutely love! Or, if you're too lazy, pick up some gourmet goodies and ask your caterer to incorporate fresh seasonal produce. About Life has a great selection of deliciously nutritious catering options.
What's a picnic without a little bubbly? Italian Sparkling wines complement a wide variety of foods and are generally not highly alcoholic. A simple addition like this let's your friends know that they're in for a good time, and that you really thought about details. For a non-alcoholic option, infuse water and drinks. This is something you can do ahead of time and it just adds a little extra something to your drinks. Strawberries and mint to water is my summer go-to.
Have fun. If you're not having a good time, what was the point of doing it?