Pack a Picnic!

April 23rd is National Picnic Day and kicks off

 the season to pack a basket,

grab a blanket or quilt and head outdoors!

I’ve packed a post with some picnics, portable salads, and menu ideas from the archives. . .

Click on the links to revisit the posts and for a taste :)


A Lakeside Picnic

Labor Day picnic_12-001

{Less} Labor Day Picnic


 Layered Cornbread-and-Turkey Salad and 

Peach-and-Blueberry Parfait



A Jeep Picnic


Blackberry, Basil

and Mozzarella Skewers

Setting Sail and a Pontoon Picnic

watermelon salad

Lemon Basil Shrimp Boats and

Watermelon, Pecan, and Gorgonzola Salad


The Matchmaker of Perigord~

Some light reading and tale of dueling picnic baskets~


Goat Cheese Tarts


Celebrating the Red, White & Blue


Salads in a Jar with a Side of Sparklers

and Patriotic Berry Trifles


Fantasy Island Getaway


Marinated Shrimp


Memorial Day from Stem to Stern,

with a Watermelon & Feta Flag

and BBQ Sundae in a Jar


Happy Picnicking~

Wishing you delicious picnic weather!


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  38 comments for “Pack a Picnic!

  1. April 22, 2013 at 5:27 am

    Every pic looks like fun and has me longing for warmer weather Mary! Even though it’s 5:30AM, I’d love one of those BBQ in a jar’s right now:@)

  2. April 22, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Absolutely inspiring…..I love picnics!!! :D Truly, there is something so special about packing a hamper and heading out on a picnic!
    Where did you get that adorable little basket with the ruffles! I love it, Mary! Great post!


    • April 22, 2013 at 7:45 am

      Thank you, the ruffly basket is actually a handbag, it came from Designer Shoe Warehouse a couple of years ago :)

  3. April 22, 2013 at 7:33 am

    OMG This is soooo amazing! It gives new meaning on how to picnic in style…the creativity and beauty is astounding!

  4. Cheryl
    April 22, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Wow Mary…looks like for you “Life is a picnic”!! Every post is so beautiful.

  5. April 22, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Wow, what amazing looking picnics! You really do it up so beautifully, Mary. Every thing looks so delicious and appetizing. Maybe we’ll have a picnic this summer. It’s been a long time since we have. Blessings, Pamela

  6. April 22, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Help! So much eye candy here I don’t know where to start! I love re-posts because there is always so much to see in your photos and vignettes! I am going to have to come back later and read them all thoroughly again. In the meantime, that photo of the marinated shrimp and cocktail glass is beyond stunning! What a great way to start the week, Happy Picnic Day!

  7. April 22, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Love a picnic, but you’ve elevated the idea to a whole new level. During our sailing days on our Hyacinths, I packed many a picnic when we’d head out for a day on the lake. It was always a challenge to think of easy, but attractive ways to present food. Wish I had had some of your ideas way back when. ;-)
    Thanks for the look back at all these delightful meals in a basket! ~ Sarah

  8. Kathy
    April 22, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Love all the picnic pictures!! Where are the recipis?

  9. April 22, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I’m ready for a picnic on a warm sunny day with lots of good eats. You have given me inspiration with your beautiful pictures.

  10. April 22, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Wow what a great post. I love all the different picnics. You are so creative!
    I want to go on a picnic right now….. The pictures are great, now we need the recipes to those yummy dishes.
    Have a great week Mary.

  11. April 22, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I enjoy revisiting your past picnics…We love any excuse for one…and are so fortunate to live where we can picnic year ’round!

  12. April 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I fondly remember many of these, but I just can’t remember ever seeing that holder for the flutes in the first photo. What a COOL idea! Gun to my head to pick my favorite? Uh….well, go ahead & pull the trigger, ’cause there’s no way I could pick just one!!! :-)

  13. April 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    A picnic sounds wonderful and you sure made it pretty. My family is always game for a picnic if I bring up the idea. Thanks for reminding me. :)

  14. April 22, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    What gorgeous picnicking pictures! Wow. I love a picnic and can’t wait until we can have one this summer….if it ever gets here- xo Diana

  15. Lady Delores LeBoeuf
    April 22, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    I absolutely enjoy your blog – your creativity always astonishes me, thank you for sharing, Love & Blessings….

  16. April 23, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Great inspiration to get out there and have a good old fashioned picnic…or..a modern one. Lovely pictures!

  17. April 23, 2013 at 8:52 am

    this is truly the best of the best, i adore every single one of your posts, but these all stood out the most for me, especially when you did the picnic on the island… so many wonderful books inspired in there too.

    i am at the beach now and scott comes mid week, he said lets plan on having a picnic if the weather holds, wind is ferocious here so often you can rarely expect a calm evening by the sea, but i have been trying to think of a creative menu, duh, all i have to do i look here… last night the sea and air was like glass, i watched 3 whales for hours i think asleep just blowing off steam. i am only hoping our picnic will be so lucky to look like any of these~

    good book alert, mrs kennedy and me, loved it, by her secret service agent.

  18. Paula-In.
    April 23, 2013 at 9:22 am

    You sure know how to plan a picnic, everyone of them are so inviting, even right down to the neat little toothpicks!(where ever do you find those?)! You truly inspire me to make even a picinic special, hopefully warmer weather is right around the corner!
    Have a relaxing day !

  19. April 23, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    OK, I’ll have a BBQ Sundae in a Jar, and some marinated shrimp, please. Too soon for picnics here, but never too early to plan menus for them, is it?

  20. April 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    You sure know how to pack a picnic and I am just swooning and sighing over here. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  21. April 23, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Mary…I so love your picnic posts…I have drawn such great inspiration from them!…Have a wonderful week!

  22. April 23, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I hope your hubby knows what a LUCKY man he is to ahve you! I love all of your picnic posts but especially the pontoon boat posts. I have always wished we lived on water and had a pontoon. So, I live vicariously through you! The menus are perfection also. You are amazing. XO, Pinky

  23. April 23, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Is there no limit to your wonderful talents, Mary! These picnic images AND ideas are more than fabulous!!!! YOu really NEED to do a book! I’ll buy the first 10… really!!!! LOVE everything you do. my friend!

  24. April 23, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I’m so glad I came across this archival post. I’ll be saving many of these to my board, Al Fresco!

  25. Rattlebridge Farm
    April 24, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Mary, this post is like opening a book about picnics. I’ve got the same metal carrier, and you’ve given me so many ideas. Your Jeep picnic is my all-time favorite!

  26. April 24, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I love picnics! I’ve been thinking about planning one myself since the weather is so nice and mild! Thanks for the beautiful inspiring ideas!

  27. April 25, 2013 at 7:09 am

    I had no idea that we have a National Picnic Day. You have certainly inspired me to plan lots of picnics through the coming months. There is so much I love and I am very fond of those shrimp boats with the bay leaf sails.

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  28. April 25, 2013 at 7:11 am

    I love all these picnic ideas you shared! Makes me want to go have a picnic!!! Love the idea of the meals in the mason jars! Hope you have a great week!!! =D

  29. April 25, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I love your picnic ideas in a jar! I really need to try these! I just FB your sight on our group page “Savignano”. It might give someone an idea for our Family Reunion coming up in August!
    Blessings My Friend,

  30. April 26, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Oh I just love all of these wonderful ideas. How fitting to read this on a beautiful spring day! Thanks for sharing.

  31. Janel @ Creating Tasty Stories
    April 26, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    We have a Jeep, but it is much more “rustic” looking, LOL! I need to remember to try some jar meals the next time we spend the day on the road in it.

  32. April 27, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Oh my goodness Mary, I want to picnic with you! I love everything you’ve done here. The salads and parfait in the jars, such a great idea! Not only looks beautiful but keeps everything fresh. Your picnic basket is adorable. Thanks for posting this ahead of Memorial Day. I am inspired to use some of your ideas for entertaining. Thanks Mary. Hope you are having a great weekend.

  33. April 27, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    I’m going to picnic with the little boys this week but I think it will be peanut butter, honey and banana sandwiches on paper plates. They will probably end up feeding their sandwiches to the ducks!

  34. April 28, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Wow, that was so inspiring! I love your picnic in a jar ideas.

  35. April 30, 2013 at 11:49 am

    You are cordially invited to come pack a picnic for me! :) Hahaa this looks outstanding! I followed you from the Stone Gable link party. I’ve also pinned this amazing entry to my “Food Glorious Food” board. :) I’ve just posted my Tasty Tuesdays link party on my blog & I’d love it if you could stop by & link up some of your recipes! Here’s the link:

  36. May 15, 2013 at 6:33 pm

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