Packing a picnic basket evokes visions of running down the beach, a summer concert in the park, hiking in the woods.
Needless to say, I love, love, love packing a picnic basket. I even have a collection of vintage picnic baskets. I can’t stop buying them, and I’m obsessed with vintage coolers as well. Sometimes just the site of a gorgeous basket in a flea market is enough to spur me on to arrange a picnic lunch for my hubby and me – or a group of friends.
You only need a few basics, including food, as far as supplies go.
Here is my list of picnic basket basics:
- Vintage picnic basket or cooler (for no other reason than it just looks cool)
- Cloth napkins (no need to use paper; just wash and reuse)
- Tablecloth or vintage quilt or blanket
- Plastic wine glasses (*note stemless glasses pack better)
- Wooden or bamboo plates, large and small
- Real flatware
- Small cutting board
- Small knife with cover
- Tea candles, votives, and matches or lighter
- Plastic trays
- Cheese knives/spreaders
- Selection of cheeses. I like two hard (a parmesan or Spanish manchego), goat cheese, and a soft French cheese like brie.
- Fruit such as sliced apples with lemon juice, grapes (red and green)
- French baguette or crunchy flat breads
- Salami sliced and/or Parma ham
- Chilled bottle of white wine
- Sparkling water
- French macaroons
There are few things better than enjoying the outdoors, nibbling treats, sipping wine, and chatting with friends or a loved one. It’s romantic and fun. I love hiking to a beautiful view with my love, then cracking open our stash from a vintage basket or cooler. It’s simple, affordable, and rejuvenating.