Ah, summer. It's a magical time. The days are slower, the weather is fantastic (here in the Midwest anyway - sorry, Southern readers!), and everyone seems happier. Are you taking the time to soak up some sun and enjoy all that nature has to offer? If you aren't outdoors-y enough for camping or hiking, try going on a picnic! Food always tastes better in fresher air, and with a DIY waterproof picnic blanket under your legs, you may never want to eat inside again.
Picnic season is upon us. As a matter of fact, July is National Picnic Month! To celebrate, we're working on projects all month that are best enjoyed outdoors. Today I'm here to show you how to transform a regular straw tote bag into a handy backpack, perfect for bringing an outdoor lunch to the park. Keep reading to see how this picnic basket backpack was made.
The dog days of summer are here and it's only matter of time before the heat becomes a distant memory. This time of year is fleeting, and we've been taking advantage of the sunlit evenings by eating almost all of our dinner picnic-style.
Picnics are a great way to enjoy the outdoors; they're easy to pack, and even easier to clean up. We're rounded up a few tips and recipes to inspire your next picnic in the park. Read on for our guide to the perfect picnic.
Spruce up your Fourth of July spread with this subtly festive DIY tablecloth! It's a cinch to make and fun, too!
Summer is coming, which means lots of time outdoors, picnics, BBQs, and festivities! All these events? They mean cold beverages better be at-the-ready. Check out this clever upcycled drink carrier!
I was at an event recently where the pretty outdoor tablecloths were blowing every which way in the wind, knocking over table settings and just being outright annoying. The solution the hosts used was to tie the tablecloths onto the table, ruining the table staging. Let's face it, even those tablecloth clips break up the beauty. I knew there had to be a solution! So, with a few scrap pieces of fabric, I came up with a rockin' remedy.
The sun is out, and it is time to bust out your picnic baskets and frisbees. But a picnic wouldn't be complete without a blanket! Impress all your fellow picnic-goers with this practical DIY project.
The conversation in my upholstery classes often roams into the land of sweet, unusual, and delicious recipes. We spend a lot of time discussing the latest from The Smitten Kitchen. Finally I had to see it for myself. You'll love the magazine-quality photography as well as the side commentary on all sorts of cleverly turned recipes. I've actually been daydreaming about these Root Beer Float Cupcakes; a perfect portable combination of chocolate cake and a root beer float.
Just in time for picnic season, this eco travel lid cover is the perfect way to make your potato salad portable. And it's so easy to make, you could whip one out before Memorial Day! Here is the supply list:
No question about it, Memorial Day weekend ushers in picnic season. But before we gather our baskets, blankets and coolers, a review of the USFDA guideline to safely handling foods when eating outdoors is a must.
Vinyl tablecloth? Ick! This fifteen bandana cloth I spied on Aesthetic Nest is so much jazzier. Since bandanas aren't exactly square, you have to do a little reconnoitering to get it just right. The step-by-step tutorial
Combining two of my favorite meals makes perfect sense. How has this not been done at my house? I'm not passionate about food. To be honest, I like to eat and be done with it. This is a delicious, streamlined, filling meal I can get behind.
The New York Times' Mark Bittman admits: "It may be nothing fancier than bologna or tuna salad on white bread but you’re still likely to have a good time, which is probably why many of us remain devoted to the same picnic foods we’ve eaten all our lives." But sooner or later, a little variety atop the checkered blanket would be nice. But the bulk of the time should be spent outside, not in preparation in the kitchen. So, chef Bittman offers...
As Memorial Day is just around the corner, that means so is picnic season. For everything dining al fresco, amble on over to picnicfun.com, which just happens to be having a 25% off Memorial Day Sale. Their fully furnished baskets start at around 40 bucks and end at about a thousand.
For a romantic outing for two, is the Aegean Deluxe Travel Picnic ($44), which includes plates, flatware, corkscrew, cutting board, cheese knife and salt and pepper...