Even if your idea of a perfect picnic is filled with classics like cold fried chicken, mayo-tossed potato salad, and a tall glass of lemonade, you can still add healthier options to lighten up your outdoor meal. These 10 healthy picnic recipes go as well with the classics as they do with each other — make one or make them all! Click through for our healthy picnic ideas.
No Summer would be complete without some outdoor dining experiences, and you can make your next one even more fun by adding some kid-friendly picnic toys, games, and more to the mix. From a hand-painted, pint-size table perfect for watermelon-eating to games and toys inspired by your favorite picnic fare, these six items offer tons of kid-friendly picnic fun — minus those pesky ants.
Before the temps start to cool, be sure to squeeze in one final picnic. While packing for a day in the park is no easy task, we've created a simple menu of foods that travel well, can be made ahead, and will handle a few hours in the sun. These dishes all fit the bill and are sure to leave friends full and satisfied.
Classic Red Sangria
Unlike most cocktails, a classic sangria is easy to keep in a portable carafe or pitcher and calls for ingredients you likely already have on hand. It actually tastes better with time, so whip it up in the morning before you head out to the park.
Chips and Salsa
What's a gathering without chips and salsa? Grab a bag of tortillia chips (or make your own) and whip up this chipotle-tomatillo salsa. Between the sweet agave, spicy chipotle, and salty adobo sauce you won't be able to stop dipping!
Minty Fruit Salad
Put those berries to good use and pack up a container of this mint fruit salad. It's not any average fruit salad either; the mint, Marcona almonds, and lemon zest transform it into a salad worthy of a special celebration.
Hearty Turkey Sandwich
While sandwiches can get messy, we assure you this turkey sandwich is perfect for travel. All you need is a baguette, your favorite condiment, an avocado, deli meat, cheese, and a large lettuce leaf for a one-handed sandwich that's picnic friendly.
Homemade Hostess Cupcakes
Since picnics tend to hint at a sense of childhood nostalgia, homemade Hostess cupcakes almost seem like a no-brainer! They have a gooey center — made even better with the Summer heat — and a chocolate icing that will satisfy anyone's sweet tooth.
Packing your lunch in a bento box is an efficient way to create a wholesome meal in a compact package. But if froggy faces and cute bunnies are a bit too kawaii for your office environment, we've rounded up 10 pretty yet grown-up containers that get your lunch from here to there without looking like you're headed for the school bus.
With the Spring weather just around the corner, I'm already starting to think of the outdoor activities I'm going to do. Al fresco dining always sounds good, and of course, picnics! Images of wildflowers suddenly come to mind, a great book, and lovely company.
Here's a few snippets of a Spring photo shoot I styled for NSIDE Austin magazine, of course caught in Instagram. I was too shy to use my Nikon DSLR while the actual professionals were using their ultra high-tech Canons.
Silverware and gorgeous turquoise glasses via The Vintage Laundry. Bird plates via the shop of course, and don't you just adore my Venetian glass coasters? Spring is all about lively colors mixed with rustic elements.Books, vintage basket, doilies, and wildflowers in heather purple via mi casa and mii storage!
Aahhh, just a few more weeks and the "just right" weather will be here soon!
Check out more of Maureen's cool decorating tips on her site, Inglenook Decor.
Portable and delicious, the sandwich was virtually made to be enjoyed at lunchtime, and everyone from the average kindergartner to the president of the United States has been known to eat them come noon. I'm a fan of bringing my lunch to work and am always looking for ways to make the sandwich more exciting. To encourage you to pack a lunch instead of purchasing one during the workweek, here are 10 scrumptious sandwiches.
When packing a picnic, you need three different storage vessels: a basket for carrying paper goods and linens (I love this wicker one from Wisteria), a wine cooler for safely transporting wine bottles, and a food cooler to pack perishables. If bringing glass, like mugs to serve the soup in, wrap them in pretty cloth napkins; aren't these ones from Anthropologie nifty? Don't forget paper plates for the sandwiches, hot cups for the hot toddy, and wax paper envelopes for the cookies.
Looking to sit down for a few more picnics before Summer slips away? Then slip some healthy foods into your picnic basket. From healthy dips to drinks and desserts, I've rounded up 10 tasty treats that will treat you better in the long run. So ditch the old picnic standbys like potato salad, fried chicken, and potato chips and dig into these healthy alternatives.