Longer days--with sunshine late into the evening--puts everyone in the mood to be outside. For an outing that is fun and unexpected, why not take the family (or just your significant other) on a sunset picnic to a local botantical garden, the beach, or a neighborhood park? You can even make it as simple as ice pops in the backyard.
Another idea, perfect for a couples' double date to an outdoor event. Pack a spread of wine, cheese, and fruit to enjoy on the grounds.
Our picnic basics include a large blanket, bug spray, and a basket full of salads, sweet treats, and lemonade. If you want something heartier, grill up an entree before you leave, and then wrap it in foil. You're read for a meal at dusk!
For all 10 of our picnic menus with mix-and-match options, see below.Top-Rated Menu: Starlight Picnic
Evening is the perfect time for an outdoor meal.
Deli chicken and focaccia bread from the bakery are the easy key ingredients in the layered sandwich. To prevent it from becoming soggy, don't assemble more than three hours ahead.
When the weather's inviting, host a gathering in the garden. Our do-ahead menu makes it easy.
You don't need excuses to bring a circle of friends together for an outdoor celebration.
Summer Garden Picnic:
(serves 10 to 12)
1. Lemon Flank Steak Skewers
2. Chilled Shrimp With Rémoulade Sauce
3. Balsamic Marinated Olives
4. Crusty bread
5. Spicy Jack Cheese Crisps
6. Mint Bellinis
7. Creamy Citrus Tartlets
Top-Rated Menu: On-the-Go Picnic Food
This great meal gets you out of the kitchen fast.
Enjoy summer nights with friends and a few nibbles. All of these recipes bring special homemade touches to your menu and can be made ahead. Then just pick up some assorted sweet treats from the bakery for dessert.