Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Perfect Summer Picnic

With so many parties and events throughout the year to plan and attend, it’s time to take a summer day to really put yourself at ease and relax. Enjoy the warmth of summer with your significant other or loved ones with a simple, yet chic, summer picnic. Here are a few options for your location and what to pack in your picnic basket for the day.

Our favorite park setting is one under a huge tree, where you can look outwards at all the park life around you and get inspired by the all of the natural beauty. A nice Sunday afternoon will provide the calm, relaxed environment that you need to get your alone time with the loved one.

For you New York City folks, another urban oasis is under the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s a unique, interesting, and intimate spot that could make a really special memory. Or if you’re on the other coast, Griffith Park in Los Angeles is picture perfect!

You want to make sure that you’re packing a lunch that doesn’t rely on food that has to be at a certain temperature. Start off with some fresh fruit for a snack. Perhaps a bowl of sweet strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries will bring out the summer flair. Move on to cold-cut sandwiches that are cut into different cookie cutter shapes, to keep it interesting. For dessert, pack mini cookies and cakes. 

And, you can certainly take this summer picnic idea and apply it to a variety of parties. If you’re flying solo, you can invite all of your friends and turn it into a single’s mixer of sorts, ha! Cafe lights make everything happier, more charming, and...summery!  So, head to your backyard and string some cafe lights to set a romantic setting. Or, if you want to throw a birthday picnic, replace all the cookie cutter shaped items with easy finger sandwiches in a variety of flavors. You can even send out invitations on little picnic napkins. It's cost effective, creative, and a great way to get the picnic atmosphere going.

The jesGORDON/properFUN team loves the summer and the creative inspiration that jumps out at us through the natural beauty that we can take the time to observe over the summer.  So whether you’re in the summer lovin’ mood or just want to hang out with some friends, capitalize on this perfect picnic weather and grab your picnic basket!

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