It is officially summertime! Unfortunately, it rained most of the day here, but we didn’t let that put a damper on Mike’s first Father’s Day. We hopped into the Jeep, and took off on one of our exploration trips, this time cruising through Long Island – Babylon, Bayshore, Massapequa, etc. All cute little shore towns with beaches, parks, ponds, and lakes that made us wish the weather were more cooperative so we could pull over and dine alfresco – picnic style.
I L O V E picnics. There is a certain charm to sitting down on a blanket, enjoying the food, the company, and the surroundings. I keep a throw blanket in Ava’s stroller and a ‘picnic kit’ in the car for impromptu moments. And don’t let the weather spoil your plans … an indoor picnic can be just as fun. Toss a blanket on the living room floor and picnic with the kids or wait until they are asleep and set the mood with a few candles and a bottle of wine for a romantic dinner and movie night. On Wednesday, I will be spotlighting some great picnic recipes, but first here are a few essentials for your own ‘picnic kit’.
This cute handmade bag from Banana Barrel, unzips to reveal a colorful padded quilt – just fold it up and go!
Add a touch of luxury to your next picnic with this gorgeous hand woven wool and mohair blanket by 40th Parallel … made with loving care on an eighty year old Draper Northrop Loom in Lancaster, PA. [Click on image for their Etsy Store.]
Instead of the usual paper and plastic, try these disposable bamboo plates and utensils from bambu. They also have a great selection of everyday wares.
Or throw all of your picnic needs into this hand woven tote, made in Morocco by a Fair Trade artisan cooperative. Available from World of Good.
There, now you have the basics to have a good time … wherever your blanket lands!