I am just back from Sun Valley and the trip was OUT OF THIS WORLD. As always. While there, I shopped for mountain, outdoor appropriate attire for my life and my closet. I got nothing. As in there was nothing I would spend my money on. For instance, what does a girl have to do to put together a proper picnic? Sure, they make the perfect basket but it is never big enough and certainly not practical for the condiments. I thought long and hard about how to do this right and wanted to share my conclusions. If you follow AP on Instagram or Facebook, many of these won't be a surprise.
TOTE This is a complicated piece to advise. I own a Land's End XL canvas tote in natural. It has pockets in the right places, comfortable to carry and fits a surprisingly large number of "things." It also happens to not be available for sale, which I find SHOCKING. The L.L. Bean "Boat and Tote" comes in a great natural canvas and available in my beloved XL (You know I have a thing for oversized everything!) but no pockets. (You know I have a thing for pockets!) So, I am still trying to figure out my new option. I have decided I need to design my own. Stay tuned for Summer 2015.
BLANKET I discovered this picnic blanket from Fatboy last year. Really functional and the best blanket I have found for picnics. But not totally what I want. Stay tuned for Summer 2015.
EAT Gorgeously wrapped sandwiches is where it is at! Make you own as detailed on Say Yes. So much easier than I would have guessed.
DRINK I do not prefer to drink beer from a can. I will but the problem is beer that comes in a can typically tastes like shit. BUT I am a sucker for great packaging and Seattle's own Hillard's makes ridiculously good-looking cans and the beer is exactly what you want on these HOT days. More into wine? My husband is the go-to on these matters. He said Gramercy Cellars was recently introduced to him. They have a rose, which is perfect for a picnic. I love iced tea and in the last couple of years I've been crazy for hibiscus. This recipe for Hibiscus-Lemonade Tea has become a staple. The kids LOVE.
•3 cups of recently boiled water, plus 1/3 cup for simple syrup
•6 hibiscus tea bags
•1/3 cup of sugar
•3 cups of Simply Lemonade
Pour 3 cups of boiled water into a large glass-measuring cup. Add the tea bags. Allow the tea to steep for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, pour the reserved 1/3 cup of boiled water in a small bowl with sugar. Stir until completely dissolved and transparent. After the tea has steeped for 5 minutes, discard the teabags and pour the tea into a pitcher along with the simple syrup and lemonade. Stir together and serve over ice. Garnish with citrus if desired.
DISHWARE The only dishes for a picnic are the classic stackable melamine Heller Dinnerware Set by Massimo Vignelli reissued for DWR. In white,
DRESS These retro shades from my absolute fave Oliver Peoples just suit a picnic. Right? For the summer, I have temporarily ditched my Vans obsession for Manebi espadrilles. Of course, THE DRESS is the best for a picnic because you can sit criss-cross-applesauce!