It’s the perfect time of year to eat outside, and one of the things I lOVE to do is put together picnic!
It’s so much more fun to have a challenge when it comes to serving food, so I love to try and find different things to pack for a lunch outdoors.
With all of the rain we have had this year, any chance I get to be outside I take advantage! Last weekend I put together a fun picnic, and I wanted to show you what I served to the group!
How cute is my picnic basket? Oddly enough I have a few picnic baskets (I’m a serial picnic planner), and this one I found ages ago at Homesense. It’s so cute and traditional! My main beverage that I served with this picnic was La Marca Prosecco, so I tried to pair my food an snacks around it.
You’ve heard me mention La Marca Prosecco a few times on the blog because I’ve been enjoying it quite a bit this summer. When I was in Bermuda last week I was so excited to see it on the menu and more than one restaurant I went to!
Since La Marca Prosecco has flavours of ripe citrus such as white peach, golden apple and honeysuckle, I decided to make sure I had a few different fruits with my picnic including grapes, blueberries and dragon fruit.
I also added watermelon – a picnic staple of mine – and just to make life a bit easier I added cake pop sticks to them so they were a bit more hands-off (and a little less mess!). I just made a small hole with a kitchen utensil and popped the sticks into each piece.
I tend to serve cheese with every meal so I added in some brie to the lunch, and brought some french bread that everyone could rip a piece off which was actually kind of fun!
I made a simple appetizer of bocconcini, tomato and basil on a toothpick with a drizzle of olive oil (I like using the medium bocconcini and I cut them into four so the appetizer doesn’t roll around on the plate.
Light bites like these are the perfect picnic food!
I kept the food simple with sandwiches for the group wrapped in wax paper so there was a bit less mess. It’s not easy eating without a table, so I tried to make things easier by wrapping the sandwiches.
For the dessert I kept it simple with one of my favourites – Macarons! La Marca Prosecco is very crisp, so I thought the macarons would pair well with a glass and I was right – it was the perfect combo!
I think that keeping things simple can often be the bet way to go when it comes to creating a picnic. To have your own picnic you don’t need the quintessential blanket like I have, or the picnic basket – really just simple and good food is the best way to go!
La Marca Prosecco is available across Canada at the LCBO and retails for only $16.65! I’ve also served this prosecco with mahi mahi, and it was the perfect pairing! I love very light and fruity drinks, so this one is perfect for summer if you have the same palette!
Items in this post may have been provided to me for review, but all opinions are fabulously my own.