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Plan a Summer Picnic

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Picnics are as much a part of summer as ball games, swimming pools, and summer camp. Today, for our 2424 Pen Blog post, we are sharing some picnic ideas to try out here in the Washington D.C. area. Picnics can be very simple, or they can feature multiple courses. The main thing about having a picnic is to experience dining al fresco. We have rounded up some picnic meal ideas ranging from easy-peasy to a full-on meal including dessert.

Themed Picnic Ideas

French Inspired 

A loaf of French bread, cheese, and grapes can make a meal. However, for something a little more substantial, add some cold cuts from your local deli. Don’t forget a bottle of your favorite wine to complete the experience.

English Inspired 

English author, Jane Austen, writes about 19th-century picnics, painting a lovely picture of pastoral bliss. Go all out and indulge in a Jane Austen-inspired picnic, complete with a tablecloth and tea service. If the idea intrigues you, you’re not alone. Read how Anika Mehta pulled it off: How to Have a Regency Tea Party Picnic, in her blog, Hello Giggles. A Bite from the Past is the perfect place to find suitable picnic food for your outing.   

Italian Inspired 

What’s more Italian than pasta? Build your picnic around a pasta salad, be sure to bring along some freshly grated Parmesan to sprinkle on top. Add some olives (definitely Italian with many varieties to choose from), a cheese board, and a meat board. We suggest using cured meats such as prosciutto, speck, and salami. A nice loaf of ciabatta or focaccia bread adds a hearty touch to your Italian picnic. End with the classic, cannoli, for dessert — pastry and cheese never tasted so good. Bon appetit! 

What is your favorite food to take on a picnic? Where do you like to go for a picnic? Please share in the comments so we can all enjoy new foods and places to visit.