One of my favorite things about summer are the warm evenings. When my husband and I used to live in New York, I would love sitting outside at our favorite restaurants late into the night, just enjoying the fresh air. Things are a little different now with a newborn and a toddler… I guess we could go out in the evenings- but let’s be honest- wondering what’s going on at home just isn’t relaxing at all (not for mama anyways). Regardless of when or where, I know how important it is to take time and connect- so we get creative.
There’s a park a block from our house. Close enough to walk home if one of the kids needs us, but far enough to enjoy the sound of silence and enjoy a meal together. Late afternoon picnics are such an awesome way for anyone (parents or not) to connect and unplug. No waiting on food, no talking over the noise- just simple food, some delicious bubbly and each other.
I love to create the snacks around a good bottle of prosecco in the summer. One of my current favorites is VOVETI– it’s crafted from 100% Prosecco (Glera grapes); it’s a dry brut with a good amount of acidity and freshness. Marked by fine persistent bubbles, VOVETI prosecco features flavors of pear, green apple, melon and ripe peach that endure on the palate and invite a second glass.
I like to throw a couple strawberries into mason jars and put them in the freezer. When it’s time for the picnic, you can pour the prosecco over them for a super refreshing treat. Also, can I add how much I love that the mini bottles are twist top? They’re so perfect for a picnic. I could also imagine them incorporated into a bridal shower or bachelorette party and being adorable- they’re just CUTE!
Here are some of my favorite foods to pack up:
- Caprese Salad
- Cheese (Trader Joe’s is a great place to try something new!)
- Fresh fruit
- Cold pasta salads
- Homemade cookies or bread
- Sandwiches (I like grabbing a rotisserie chicken and slicing it onto sourdough with some fresh pesto and mozzarella)
- Chips and guacamole
- Freshly popped popcorn
I know it might seem like more work- but try bringing real plates and glasses. It really isn’t any harder than washing tupperware, and it makes it feel special.
How do you get creative with dates in the summer? What are your favorite foods to pack when you picnic (recipe links encouraged!)? Cheers!
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