Celebrate Summer with the Perfect Picnic

The perfect picnic includes beautiful scenery and delicious food and drink.  The possibilities are never-ending from simple to elaborate – dining al fresco is a fun way to enjoy the great outdoors.


  • Be cautious of mayonnaise that may spoil in the heat. Try vinegar based salads and spreads.
  • Keep salads cool by nestling serving bowls in store-bought bowl chillers or our homemade version – a larger serving bowl filled with ice.
  • Pack drinks separately in a thermos to lighten the load and create more space in your basket.
  • Purchase shatter-proof wine glasses with removable stems
  • Pack in reverse order- dessert goes in the basket first, that way you won’t have to dig to find items.
  • Bring weather-proof pillows to encourage lounging.
  • Simple additions like a pretty serving plate, a vase for flowers or fabric napkins add a special touch.
  • If you don’t want to cook in advance, pick up French bread, cheese, fruit, crudités, prepared salads, sliced cured meats, olives, and sun dried tomatoes at a gourmet grocery.
  • Be realistic about what you can carry.



  • Cups and plates
  • Serving utensils
  • Cutting knife
  • Cutting board
  • Corkscrew
  • Bottle opener
  • Napkins
  • Condiments
  • Salt and pepper
  • Trash bags
  • Moist towelettes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Paper towels
  • Blanket
  • Tote, back pack or basket
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen