Pack up all your party supplies for a picnic in the park! Instead of using a normal picnic blanket, bring a festively printed tapestry ($189). Put the nonparishable foods, like the Polynesian snack mix and chocolate chip cookies in a large farmers market basket ($49) along with cotton napkins ($8) (they're more environmentally-friendly), paper plates, and plastic wine glasses. Fill colorful Chinese takeout containers with chicken wings, Summer rolls, and cucumber salad. An acrylic pitcher with a lid ($16) ensures that no pink lemonade spills while in transport to the party spot. Throw in a frisbee for some fun and you are ready to go! Click on the images above to shop these items.
Don't think a special drink is necessary for a picnic? Think again! All you have to do is make it in advance and pack it in a large recycled bottle or pitcher with a lid. I recommend serving something festive and refreshing like this pink lemonade. It takes its vibrant hue from raspberries and is slightly sweet, but not overly so. The ingredient list calls for sparkling water, but if no kids are in attendance, use sparkling wine! For the recipe, keep reading.
The weather has finally warmed up in San Francisco, and I'm sure things are starting to do the same in your neck of the woods. Why not celebrate by inviting friends to join you for a meal in the open air? A picnic in a local park is a great way to relax, enjoy delicious food, and engage in provocative conversation. Instead of serving a traditional menu, I've got a meal that's full of Asian-inspired flavors — along with one classic but crowd-pleasing all-American dessert.