The snow is finally melting and temperatures are gradually climbing. It’s not exactly spring yet, but it’s enough to make me celebrate – and start plotting all the ways I’m going to take advantage of the warm weather. Topping the list is a picnic – a great main event and tasty supplement to other outdoor activities. Our Canvas Picnic Basket is made from cotton canvas – tough as nails – and more comfortable to carry than rattan or bamboo. An interior pocket stores an ice pack to keep your snacks and sips cool. And it has a PEVA lining, full zipper closure and detachable strap. Personalize yours with initials or a fun phrase like “Chow down.” Read on for some picnic-planning inspiration.
1. By the water // friends & family outing:
Pack up your family and friends for a day by the water. What’s a canoe trip, boat ride or straight beach bumming without some grub? This tasty combination is a serious step up from the typical poolside snacks of granola bars and crackers. And if you’re paddling or skiing all day, you’re going to need the stamina.
Local spot: Lake Mendota Picnic Point
- Sparkling water
- Quinoa salad
- Bite-size turkey and bacon wraps
- Chocolate chip cookies
2. Music in the city // date night:
Because summers in Wisconsin are so short, we really appreciate them – and spend as much time outside as possible. A fun, low-effort way to enjoy the warm weather is catching an outdoor concert. Most cities have some kind of offering, whether it’s the symphony orchestra or a harmonica-playing folk singer. A little vino and small snacks are the perfect accompaniment to music, and this mix is both satisfying and sweet.
Local spot: Concerts on the Square
- Your favorite vintage
- Candied almonds
3. Scenic Hike // for the kids:
Between day camp, piano lessons and football practice, it can be tough to find any unscheduled free time with the kids. But pulling together their favorite foods or making something a little special (like sandwiches cut into a smiley face) can transform a simple walk in the woods to an event they’ll remember – and want to tell everyone about at show and tell.
Local spot: Devil’s Lake State Park
- Apple and peanut butter sandwiches (slice apple into flat chips for a satisfying crunch and fun alternative to peanut butter and banana)
- Pineapple skewers
- String cheese
- Tuna pasta salad
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