It’s the ideal summer day—a blue sky stretches overhead, the sun hides behind puffy clouds, and the scent of freshly cut grass happily mingles with roses and honeysuckle. There’s no doubt that nature is asking you to come out and play!
Don’t worry about loading up the car and driving somewhere—a playground of possibilities is right in your own backyard. Spread out a few quilts, pack a basket with portable fare, and gather the family for an afternoon of fun. Remember that casual can also be chic. Add a dash of polish with vividly colored linens and melamine dinnerware in a variety of bright floral patterns. Use acrylic glassware bearing a whimsical design to coordinate with the color scheme, and slip fresh-cut flowers from your garden into a shiny, galvanized pail.
The menu should be simple but delicious. Sweet Potato Chips with Onion Ranch Dip makes for a sweet-and-savory snack, while Smoky Barbecue Club Sandwiches are a picnic lunch staple. For fresh takes on outdoor dining classics, spice up classic fruit salad with Citrus Ginger Dressing and make our Minty Lemon Iced Tea. For dessert, our easy and delightfully portable Picnic Banana Pudding is a happy treat. When layered into Mason jars, this yummy dessert becomes truly special, just like this memorable afternoon spent only steps from your door.