is there a better month of the year than June? it marks the halfway point of the year and brings with it the first blush of summer. flowers begin to bloom, and the weather is near perfection as the sultry temps haven’t set in. there’s Flag Day and Father’s Day along with graduations to attend and weddings! and this year, we get to take part in all of the festivities. but June is also the month we head back outside to enjoy all of the sunshine and blue skies it offers. so whether you’re headed to a park or your own backyard. today, i share what to pack for a summer picnic. ‘cuz there’s nothing better than a party on the road.
of course, my favorite canine is joining me for a meal alfresco. however, he seems to be more interested in his ball than a glass of wine. well, he did eye the charcuterie tray… but the weather has been so delightful here in Georgia this past week that i decided an impromptu picnic was good for the soul. since it’s hosted in my own backyard, i don’t need to fret about running back indoors for a corkscrew or cheese knife. but most picnics have a change of scenery from your dining room or favorite restaurant, and you decide to hit the highways and byways with picnic supplies in hand. if that’s you, i have you covered!
if you’re like me, you like to keep life simple. that’s when a picnic basket comes in handy. just like a dress, a picnic hamper is one and done. it includes anything and everything you need for the perfect picnic. all that’s left to do is pack the food. in case you don’t want to invest in a basket, i pulled together a list of all the supplies you’ll need. then all you’ll need is a tote to transport all of the items to and fro. but what about those of us who want to hike deep into the woods then picnic? that’s when a picnic backpack comes in handy.
don’t forget a picnic blanket and pillows. a portable low table can be set up to make your dining experience a little easier. that’s on my wish list. or there are portable wine tables that anchor directly in the ground. picnicking has never been easier.
this highlander picnic basket is a-ma-zing. the willow basket is lined with red tartan and includes service for four. there’s a picnic blanket included with a waterproof lining on one side, which keeps you dry from wet grass or sand. salt and pepper shakers, corkscrew, cheese knife, cutting board, plates, wine glasses, cutlery, and a food storage container are included. there’s even an insulated wine duffle!
a dog and his ball.
today’s ootd is easy peasy! a romper, sandals and simple accessories are all that’s needed. this cute romper from J.Crew comes in three colors but i’m always a sucker for olive green, so into the cart, it went. almost any sandal color works with green, but i chose brown to keep the outfit anchored in neutrals. a gold necklace (old, similar here) and gold hoop earrings complete the look.
charcuterie boards are easy to put together. a simple rule i follow is one hard cheese, one soft cheese, olives, nuts, crackers, and cured meat. after that, let your imagination soar. fruit, chocolate, marinated food, dip, veggies, french bread are all good choices. if you need some inspiration with your creations, Platter and Boards will come to your aid.
romper | sandals | gold necklace (old, similar here) | hoop earrings
oscar and i wish you a lovely weekend! go out and enjoy that sunshine.
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She’s 63, 5’8, and size 8.
That romper is so cute, you look fantastic in it, enjoy your picnic.
i just couldn’t resist this cute romper. and it’s so comfy to wear! happy weekend!
Lovely post! You are looking gorgeous as ever, maybe more. A true inspiration. Sweet Oscar and that ball made me teary-eyed. Just yesterday saw our late dog’s ball atop an old wood Adirondack chair. Cancer took him in early March. Love on Oscar for me. The pose of you both looking skyward is too sweet for words! Thanks for all the hard work, Beth~
the hardest day is the day we have to say goodbye to our best friend. hugs!
Love the J.Crew romper! It looks so good
on you, especially the color. I have it in
my cart, but am unsure of the size. You
and I are about the same size. Would
you share the size you have on?
i purchased a size 8 my typical J.Crew size. it’s roomy but not oversized which makes it perfect for warmer weather.
Great platter board. You had me at cucumbers and olives. I like fresh bread, cheese, deli meats and melon. Sugared walnuts or pecans.
Perfect outfit if you are near home. As cute as rompers are, they do have that problem. Oscar is more interested in you than the food.🙂
and they’re so easy to put together. perfect for a summer picnic. i love your choices!
What a picnic, very well coordinated, with a lovely Hydrangeas in the back ground.
Like a everything you do!!!
You are every morning like a breath of fresh air.
Have a very nice weekend
happy weekend, gloria!
A Julia Child tip is to tie the corkscrew/bottle opener to the picnic basket, since it is so easily forgotten.
I like to bring a salt & pepper shaker in mine. You can get the pre-filled ones in the spice section at the grocery store.
And I forgot: Crate & Barrel’s “table in a bag” is great for backyard picnics, concerts in the park, etc. I first discovered it when reading up on Ravinia Festival picnics.
great tips! thanks for sharing.
You are truly picnicking in style! Looks wonderful . . .
nothing better than a picture-perfect day spent outdoors. happy weekend.
I love everything about this post! And you look so young and beautiful!
there’s nothing better than a picture-perfect summer day.
It all looks wonderful! I love this post. Now I must plan a picnic! Love your outfit too.
i hope you do, nancy! happy weekend.
Loved the last picture. You look so peacefilled and your pup is such a gentle soul.
thanks so much, maryann! oscar is truly my best friend. love him to bits.
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