Two years ago I was on maternity leave and the weather was amazing. Spring came early to MN and I was outdoors pretty much every day beginning in March. We hit 70 degrees and even had our first BBQ of the season on March 15. The number of picnics and BBQs we had that season were seemingly infinite. It was bliss and pretty much the best 3 months ever with my little babe.
Now that spring is here(?) I'm starting my bucket list for outdoor activities I hope to do. Picnics are always at the top of that list. Looking back at the hundreds of posts in the Eat Drink Pretty archives I found lots of lovely picnic experiences that we've enjoyed including:
A picnic at the lake with friends
A picnic during a fun cabin weekend with Erik (this was featured on The Kitchn)
A Mother's Day picnic in our backyard
The first picnic of the season
I pulled together a list of fun items to help you enjoy your spring picnic from Uncommon Goods, an online marketplace that has tons of creative and high quality items (especially perfect for gifts). Check out all their offerings here for outdoor dining and here for garden goods. There are so many great ideas for sprucing up the outdoor space for all your outdoor entertaining.
Here is a list of items to checkout for your upcoming picnics:
Glassware outdoors is never a good idea so these shatterproof wine glasses and carafe are the perfect solution. If you are hosting a more sophisticated outdoor soiree like a dinner party, these set a much more complementary tone than plastic glasses.
Honestly I've never considered doing fondue outdoors but why not? How awesome and fun. This fondue pot's steel frame protects the burner from the wind. And now my mouth is watering thinking of bread dipped in melty cheese.
Anytime a picnic or outdoor dining is involved we usually have lawn games as well. I love these wine glass holders, you can set your glass down when it's your turn to throw bean bags and not worry about the glass tipping over in the grass. Anything that conserves wine is at the top of my list.
This wine sack is a covert way to bring wine out in public during your picnic, sign me up. Much less obvious than pouring straight of the bottle. What's with public drinking being against the law anyway?
This picnic backpack is modern and sleek and includes tablesetting for two as well as an insulated pocket for your food.
Shouldn't all picnics include a cheese board? I think so. This cheese bark board would fit right into any rustic picnic setting. Cheese and bread is such a simple way to add a little sophisticated to any event.
And no picnic is ever complete without delicious food. You can keep things really easy with sandwiches or spend a bit more time whipping up a pasta salad or bruschetta.
Here is a list of recipe ideas for your spring picnic:
- Pasta salad with goat cheese and tomatoes
- Buttermilk pudding cakes (so easy, these are made in muffin tins. Bring a container full of cut strawberries and a whipped cream and build them on-site)
- Bacon, avocado, turkey and tomato sandwiches - pile all the ingredients onto a rustic bread
- Caprese skewers (finger foods at a picnic are ideal. So easy and always everyone's favorite)
- Bruschetta in a mason jar (easiest recipe you'll ever find for bruschetta)
- A picnic basket or cooler
- Parchment paper: for wrapping sandwiches, breads, cookies, etc
- Plates/napkins/silverware/glasses: either disposable or reusable if you don't mind packing up dirty dishes to wash later. Definitely the more environmentally friendly route.
- A big blanket: your location may have a picnic table but if not a picnic right on the ground works great as long as you remembered your blanket.
- Hand sanitizer: I love this natural spray from Honest company
- Phone: no not to check email and social media but to put on music to set the mood.
- Wine/beer/lemonade/water: I'm a big fan of booze at my picnics
- Activities: anything from bean bags to a frisbee to a kite for flying with the little ones
Don't forget that Mother's Day is coming up in less than two months! Uncommon Goods has a ton of great gift ideas like these for you to peruse and then (subtly) drop hints to your partner. It worked for me last December for my anniversary (I got this wood cookbook stand that I wanted and I love it).
Disclosure: this is a sponsored post by Uncommon Goods. All opinions are my own.