My mind has been on picnics lately as I’m planning to attend the Annual Roaring Twenties Lawn Party at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Ma. And who doesn’t love an old fashioned picnic? Blankets or tablecloths spread out on the grass, baskets and coolers full of delicious delicacies, comforting comfort food, refreshing libations and delectable desserts. All to be savored while gazing up at the bright blue sky, finding shapes in passing clouds, listening to the breeze rustling through the trees or the relaxing sounds of a babbling brook. Just typing this makes me want to take a nap!
Anyway, you definitely need the proper accoutrements to capture the spirit of the “old fashioned” style picnic. So here’s a list of suggestions.
- Checkered or vintage floral print tablecloth or plaid blanket.
- Large straw picnic basket, preferably with lid.
- Retro style cooler. You can get a cool cherry red one like the one below at World Market.
- Keep it classy by bringing cloth napkins, real glassware, metal utensils and plates, either china or heavy duty plastic.
- A glass mason jar to use as a vase to put the pretty flowers in that you’re bound to pick!
- Wearing a pretty vintage sundress or playsuit/romper is a must.
Then there’s the food and beverage. I personally like to pack items that don’t need a lot of preparation on site. and are just as delicious served cold. So here is my classic picnic dream menu.
- Buttermilk fried chicken. Recipe here.
- Red potato salad with mayo. I put chopped fresh dill and crispy crumbled bacon in mine. Yummy!
- Deviled eggs. For a twist on this old favorite, add wasabi, avocado or horseradish. More recipes here.
- Grilled ham and swiss sandwiches with arugula and red onions. Recipe here.
- Watermelon and summer fruit salad. Add mint, lime juice and honey. And a splash of vodka if desired!
- Tomato, basil and fresh mozzarella salad with balsamic dressing.
- An array of cheeses. My favs are St. Andre, goat gouda and horseradish cheddar.
- Assorted breads and crackers for the cheese.
- Chocolate cupcakes, double fudge brownies, chocolate chip cookies. Detect a chocolate addiction here?
- Chilled champagne, lemonade, a couple of kinds of craft beer, San Pellegrino water.
An “old fashioned” picnic can be a fun outdoor event for a group of friends or family, with everyone dressing in period attire.
Or a romantic outing just for two!
Do you have any vintage picnic suggestions? Please share.
And have a glamorous day!