Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Picnic. Perfect.

Make the most of the wide open fields and long summer days this season by indulging in a sophisticated, chic picnic party.

I love when friends and family come together to enjoy good food and great company. Whether it is a gathering of the masses or a romantic getaway for two - Let the great outdoors serve as your venue (and decor). Keep things simple and sophisticated with local market goods, delicious and refreshing white wine spritzers, and chill tunes on the iPod.

With practical storage solutions and a waste-not ethos, (chic) dining outside is a walk in the park.

1. Sit in Style,
A natural woven mat is comfy to lounge on, durable, and light enough to tote when rolled up and tied with a rope. If you have a spare hand, take along a pillow or two for extra cushioning.

2. Toss or Reuse,
For food packaging, strike a balance between convenient disposables and eco-friendly reusables. Take-out cartons are great for sides. Compostable cutlery has more heft than plastic without the environmental impact. And checkerboard sandwich wrappers make any old combination feel fresh.

3. Upgrade to Cloth,
It's worth forgoing paper napkins in favour of pretty cotton ones you can use again and again. Slip them into easy-to-sew pockets, which double as mats -- a surprising, elegant touch.

4. Keep Things Chill,
Cold soup travels well in a sealed pitcher. Just pour it into cups, wrapped in paper and secured with rubber bands, for spoon-free serving. Here's a trick for keeping it chilled: Freeze ice cubes of soup and add to the pitcher.

Need a great gift idea? Why not put together a personalized picnic package. Great for anniversaries, special occasions, and just because.

Images and inspiration from tigerinajar.blogspot.com
Checkout some picnic perfect recipes at MarthaStewart.com

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