The Best Supplies and Totable Recipes for Your Summer Picnics
Must-Have Gadgets & Supplies
1/ Ultimate Ears Wonderboom in Cashmere, verizonwireless.com, $100.
2/ Badminton Set, crateandbarrel.com, $149.
3/ Picnic at Ascot Collapsible Insulated Picnic Basket 408-B in Navy, amazon.com, $77.
4/ The Original Double-Sided Travel Game-Bag Set in Black, asummershop.nyc, $65.
5/ Grapefruit Citronella Candle, shopterrain.com, $48.
6/ Dipped Canteen in Modernist White, corkcicle.com, $33 for 25 oz.
7/ Metallic Stemless Cup in Copper, corkcicle.com, $25.
8/ Bowl Covers, dotandarmy.com, $62/set of 6.
9/ Table in a Bag in Natural, food52.com, $49.
10/ Divided Airtight Food Storage Container, thetickletrunk.com, $30.
11/ 12-cm Airtight Container, thetickletrunk.com, $20.
12/ Cotton Luncheon Napkin in Nude, signaturenapkins.com, $31.
13/ Plantware Cutlery Kit, verterra.com, $20/pack of 25.
14/ All Occasion Veneerware Fancy Plates, bambuhome.com, from $8/pack of 8.
15/ Rosti Mepal Microwavable Nested Storage Bowls in Nordic Blue, food52.com, from $60/set of 4.
16/ Siren Song Melamine Plates in Woolf and Wilde, burkedecor.com, $64/set of 4.
17/ Zyliss 3-Piece Mini Santoku Knife Set with Sheath Covers, zyliss.com, $15.
18/ Indigo + Lavender Pom Pom Blanket in Rockstar, modernbeachhouse.co, $120.
Shredded Chicken Salad
Corkcicle’s Dipped Canteen (above) is a cool way to carry wine and eliminates the risk of a glass bottle breaking. For your picnic pleasure, may we suggest:
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
Bright, citrusy and a perfect complement to our tangy chicken salad. $18
Cape Mentelle Rosé
Lush rosé makes hummus taste even more rich and creamy. $18
*As for any potential to overindulge, we suggest tapping your teen as designated driver FTW.
“Summer Picnic” by Spotify is a 40-song playlist with a just-right energy level. It gets things going with Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” and includes Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” plus “Sunny Afternoon” by The Kinks. Worth a listen!
FC staffer Caroline Mullen shares 5 faves from her personal summer playlist:
Shot Reverse ShotJack Johnson
Me and Julio Down by the SchoolyardPaul Simon
Hey MamaMat Kearney
Chicken FriedZac Brown Band
You don’t want an unexpected sunburn or maddeningly itchy mosquito bites to ruin your family’s alfresco mojo. Use sunscreen and bug repellent! For sunscreen picks, see our guide.
Q: Is putting up with ants the price we have to pay for picnicking?
A: Keep ants from crashing your picnic by surrounding the area with a generous border of sprinkled cornstarch or baby powder—makes it harder for them to invade. Or bring a spray bottle filled with a 50-50 white vinegar-water mix and spritz a ring around the edge of your blanket. The vinegar smell is a natural repellent and interrupts the scent trail ants typically follow.
For the Vegetarians
Vegetarian Ventures food blogger Shelly Westerhausen (self-proclaimed lover of chai-flavored anything) has a new book called Platters and Boards—it has tons of ideas for casual get-togethers. The Eggplant-Walnut Paté in her Park Picnic Spread is a baguette’s dream come true.
Roast 1 large eggplant. When cool, scrape out flesh and whirl in high-speed blender or food processor with 1 cup toasted walnut halves, 1 clove garlic and 1 tsp paprika. Stream in 1 tbsp olive oil and
process until smooth, no lumps remaining. Season with sea salt and black pepper.
Can be made up to 2 days ahead and stored
in an airtight container in the fridge.
The Grocery Store for Help
Round out our Mediterranean menu with store-bought artichokes, stuffed cherry peppers, olives and roasted red peppers.
The Coolest Cooler
Not only does this 55-quart cooler have extra-wide rubber tires to make hauling stuff a breeze, it has built-in everything: ice-crushing blender, bottle opener, splash-proof speaker, USB charger, knife and cutting board and more. Fewer things to remember to pack! coolest.com, $400
The best way to pack any cooler:
- Start with a layer of ice on bottom.
- Pre-chill food and drinks to help ice stay cold.
- When you arrive at your destination, position the cooler out of direct sunlight. Ideally, shade is best.