This is the second post in collaboration with Susannah at Feast + West. All week long we are sharing recipes and tips for a perfect summer picnic. Be sure to check out Susannah’s tips for creating a picnic friendly cheese plate today!
When planning a picnic, you want things to be simple and easy, but adding a few special details makes the occasion more memorable. Of course you don’t want to bring too many extras on your picnic, but Susannah and I came up with a few simple ways to add some special touches to your next picnic.
When packing for your picnic, if you don’t have a traditional picnic basket, have no fear, a large basket with a handle will do the trick. We lined our basket with tea towels and then filled it to the brim with lunch goodies.
Baker’s twine is the perfect way to add a special touch to a picnic without taking up much space. It has a rustic look, so it is the perfect addition to any meal. We tied it around jars, bottles, silverware and anywhere else we could put it to add a thoughtful detail.
We created our own utensil packets from two napkins – one cocktail and one large napkin. The large napkin was folded in half and the smaller napkin was placed over the other napkin and the extra napkin was wrapped around the back to create a small pocket for utensils. I ordered compostable cutlery for the occasion. Baker’s twine was used to secure the napkins and a sprig of mint or a wildflower was added under the twine.
Instead of packing the standard red plastic cups to sip our shandies, we brought along mason jars with lids and paper straws. The plates we used were also plastic, found in the Target dollar section, but were designed to look like paper. Reusable products create a lot less waste and are more sustainable. Just bring along an extra grocery bag to pack up the dirty items.
To house our Italian picnic sandwiches, we brought a small, shallow basket lined with a tea towel. We added the sandwiches, chips and pickles so all guests could easily grab what they wanted. To secure the sandwiches, we wrapped a piece of parchment paper around them and then secured it with baker’s twine.
Simple details can add a big impact to a picnic and don’t have to be a lot of work. A roll of baker’s twine and mason jars can be your best friends when going for a laid-back, rustic look. Be sure to stop by Feast + West to learn how to create the perfect picnic cheese plate!