• Tracy Bottiglieri

August is National Picnic Month

When I look back on my life, it isn’t the things that I remember the most, it is the moments. While I remember buying my first car, it was the drive to get a milkshake with my friend Holly that stands out to me - the first ride in my new car. Likewise, I was so happy when my husband, Joe, and I were able to buy our first house! Looking back, it wasn’t the actual purchase but the memory of Joe carrying me across the threshold, holding our first dinner party, giving birth to twins and raising them in our home that I will treasure the most.

The objective of my blog is to help all of us find or create special moments in our lives and the lives of others. If we are lucky, we can “capture” special moments without much effort, but more times than not, we need to put in a little work to create the moments we will treasure.

As it is National Picnic Month, it only seems right that we create a special PICNIC moment!

Good news! Picnics can easily be held Socially Distant!

However, the reason many people don't go on picnics is all of the planning and organizing needed to prepare, so let me do that “work” for all of you. Now all you have to do is enjoy! And make it special.


PICNIC SPOT

Picnic Location Ideas based on your taste and motivation-level:

  • Super Easy - Your deck, patio or backyard

  • Classic – Local park that allows picnics/food/drink

  • Modern – Rooftop of a local building that offers communal space

  • Please get permission first!

  • Unique – Local winery, brewery, meadery, other alcohol-making-facility-ery

  • Often you can bring your own food, but most venues such as this do not permit outside drinks. Call or email to confirm the venues' policy on outside food and drink.

  • Musical – Outdoor Music Venue

  • Going to listen to live music and enjoy your picnic will have to be on your list for post-COVID-19.

  • Artistic – Outdoor Sculpture Garden

  • A perfect example in DC Metro Area: The Hirshhorn Museum And Sculpture Garden Independence Ave. and 7th St. S.W. on The National Mall Washington, DC 20013 (202) 633–2829 www.hirshhorn.si.edu

EXTRA: You can look up Hiking Trails near you on https://www.alltrails.com/?ref=header

Remember to Leave No Trace: all food/trash/etc. that you take IN must also go OUT.



PICNIC SUPPLIES

Okay. You now have your Picnic Spot. What supplies do you need? Let me show you some options, again based on your taste and motivation-level. We’ll check out Simple, Green, Vintage and Luxury:




Matador Mini Pocket Blanket



Backpack picnic carrier with plates, cups and utensils



Paper red check napkins



Guitar, ukulele or Smart phone

for music options






Fair Trade Mexican Blanket



All-in-one Food Carrier/Picnic Table



Stainless Steel Food Containers



Glass Bottles for Drinks



Rechargeable Battery-Fueled Bluetooth Outdoor Speaker





Red Check Picnic Blanket


Melamine Plates


Acrylic Cups


Acrylic Wine Goblets


Melamine Utensils


Gingham Cloth Napkins


Melamine Storage Containers


Picnic Basket


Retro-Inspired Bluetooth Speaker



Blanket with Leather Carrier



Portable Foldable Picnic Table



Wicker Picnic Basket



Bluetooth Speaker



Drink Holders



Yeti Cooler on Wheels


A Whole Other Level…the Rolls Royce Picnic Hamper (approximately $40,000.00)


PICNIC ACTIVITIES

SimpleBig Bubbles Competition


Purchase Big Bubble Wands for each contestant and Big Bubble soap

Have fun!

Who can:

Make the biggest bubble

Make the most bubbles in 30 seconds

Create the longest lasting bubble

Make the prettiest bubble

Blow a bubble within a bubble

Get a stone or other small object inside a bubble

YOUR CHOICE!


And then there are BIG BUBBLES!

The link will connect you to vendor to purchase big bubble wand


Green - Nature Scavenger Hunt

Simply click on the photo below to be linked to a printable pdf. What can you find?


VintageHorseshoes

I always forget the basics of horseshoes, because I don't play often enough. When I found this Infographic that lists ALL THE THINGS we need to know about playing horseshoes, I had to share it!


LuxuryFly Drones

Before you go on your luxury picnic, make sure you read the following articles to carefully select the best drone for you and understand the rules and regulations associated with flying it safely.



PICNIC FOOD AND DRINKS


Picnic food is what MAKES the picnic, right? Decide on your picnic style and use my food and drink suggestions to simplify your menu! I also have linked recipes (orange font) to some of the selections. I consulted with a couple of experts on what food makes for the perfect picnic ----->



Simple

Order all food and drinks from a local deli or gourmet food store.

Don't forget plenty of water, lemonade and iced tea!

And Yogi and BooBoo strongly suggest a giant, iced CAKE!


Green

Hummus Vegetable Wrap

Fresh, local produce (your favorites!) cleaned and ready to eat

  • Ideas: Radishes, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, peppers.

Pickled produce from Farmer's Market

  • Pickled: beets, cucumbers, green beans, cherry tomatoes, squash.

Fresh Strawberries and Blueberries

  • with Organic Nonfat yogurt and Granola

Fruit-Infused Water in glass bottles

  • Add still or sparkling water to sliced oranges, lemons, or limes.


Vintage

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Best Potato Salad

Carrot and Celery Sticks with Ranch Dip

Watermelon

Brownies

Beer/Wine/Soda/Water

Luxury

Smoked Salmon with Fresh Dill and Crème Fraîche

Charcuterie Board (Harry & David's Ultimate Epicurean Charcuterie and Cheese Collection)

Frozen Grapes

You can use white, green or red grapes. Make sure to wash the grapes well first. As you might know, grapes are one of the "Dirty Dozen" foods, meaning they are more likely to have pesticides on them than some other fruits or vegetables. After carefully washing them in a colander under running water, simply place them in a freezer bag and put them in the freezer overnight. They are wonderful as a simple snack or to add a little chill to your wine! The frozen grapes can also help other foods stay cold in your cooler during transport.

Lemon Poundcake

Limoncello Sparkler

You can either mix ahead of time in a large batch and put in a gallon container, or take the ingredients with you to mix individually on site.

Ingredients:

  • 30 ice cubes

  • 6 cups seltzer water

  • 6 cups limoncello

  • 8 lemon slices

  • Sprigs of fresh mint

Directions:

  • Add ice cubes to pitcher.

  • Pour the seltzer in and mix in the limoncello.

  • Pour into individual glasses.

  • Garnish with a lemon slice on the rim of each glass and a fresh mint sprig.

I hope you have a wonderful time with family, friends or simply yourself by going on a picnic one day soon!


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