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The Guide to a Perfect Picnic in the the Neighborhood

September is upon us and the crisp fall air is the perfect time for a picnic!  From the food to the gear, we’re doling out a few helpful tips to make sure your open-air feast is, well, a picnic!

The Spots:

Castle Island, Thomas Park, The Harbor Walk our perfect spots to spread out a blanket and enjoy some food and drinks!

The Gear

Let’s start with the essentials: a wicker basket or linen tote and a large, durable blanket. Next up: linen napkins and acrylic tumblers (paper will fly away with even the slightest of breezes); seal-able containers to avoid messy spills; extra, biodegradable utensils (someone will drop a fork); and blanket-top games like Scrabble or checkers. Deirfiur Home has a whole Scout section of insulated coolers and totes perfect for your picnic! Plus they have an array of travel tumblers for drinks too!

The Food

First and foremost, never make it too laborious. Start with portable munchies like sugar snap peas, edamame, or tortilla chips with guacamole. For the main course, serve up Mason jar salads or classic cold cut sandwiches, but be sure to make the sandwiches on site—no one likes soggy bread. At American Provisions, it’s one stop shopping for snacks, sandwiches, wine and beer!

When it comes to dessert, save space in your basket and take a walk and get a twisty cone.

The Drinks

Look to a little upgraded H20—simply fill a thermos with water, lemons, and mint for a refreshingly easy beverage. For something a little more adult-friendly, opt for a pre-batched summer cocktail, like spiked lemonade. To keep all drinks chilled, add a few frozen water bottles at the top of your basket. Then, when they defrost, you’ll have extra water on hand. Spice things up and order a large frozen espresso (16oz) cocktail to go! You’ll need to order some food with it – so add some chips + guac to your order for pickup!

What are you tips for the perfect picnic? Let us know in the comments!

 

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About the Author

Keriann Coffey

A clothing-obsessed, double-latte-dependent editor who enjoys extra blue-cheese-stuffed olives (aka free snacks) in her Stephi’s martinis and Sunday strolls on Castle Island with her sister’s dog (it doesn’t count as dognapping if you’re related).