Did you know that the month of July is National Picnic month? Whaaaaaaa?!!! Our sweet friends from J&H Photography took these beautiful photos so if you need an awesome photographer check them out (instagram as well, @heatherluczak. ) The whole time I have been sick the girls have been saying that when I’m all better they want to go on a real live picnic, a perfectly perfect picnic. I have absolutely no clue what put this into their minds, but I’m totally down with a lazy day of frisbee, picnic recipes and relaxation.
And of course since Cade and I are all about sharing with our readers we thought we would tell you about our finds for a perfect picnic and a list of our favorite recipes to bring along PLUS a giveaway so one of you can take your loved ones out on your own adventure!
First up, we discovered Humble Hilo which is an amazing brand that I’ll let them share their message, “Humble Hilo not only brings beautiful handmade and unique Guatemalan textiles to you, but we are also creating opportunities and changing lives. By buying our products, you are not only supporting families in need of employment, but a portion of EVERY item you buy will go back to directly benefit those in great need by supporting projects. YOU get to choose to support projects in child nutrition, education and literacy for women, and microfinance loans for women to start their own small business to help break the cycle of poverty and help create opportunities for themselves, their families, and their communities.” Pretty Darn amazing. The bag and the shoes I’ve been posting about on instagram are both from them and I can’t tell you how much I get asked where they are from.
First, let’s review the basics because other than the food there are a few things you totally should bring along for a lovely day. We spent an entire month searching stores, websites and even flea markets for a picnic basket and you know what, they are hard to find! Especially if you want to have a picnic with more than two people. So, Wayfair was the secret to our success. I don’t know why that dang site has to be so awesome. I could spend gobs.
And then to make it worse we found a fun Quilt (you guys, I wish I did but I don’t sew so gorgeous quilts have to be purchased at my house) and totally cool Portable BBQ that were must haves at Birch Lane.
Oh my goodness, is the bbq not the best?! It’s totally easy to haul around and super, super stylin’ right?
And this may seem silly but we even chose to make it a special day. We got dressed in comfortable but breezy clothes and spent the whole evening outside.
My skirt and sweater are both from Shabby Apple. Their stuff is so classic and pretty, I just love it. And it doesn’t hurt that the husband snuggled up next to me and whispered that I looked beautiful. Is it silly that it totally gave me the butterflies? I can’t believe that after 10 years he can still do that to me. Though I’m convinced that taking the time to have special dates and getting all gussied up for each other helps keep things special.
But enough of the gooey stuff… on to the food! I’ll be posting that wonton oriental chicken salad recipe soon, but in the meantime here are gobs of recipes that would be perfect for a picnic and keep an eye on our instagram (@ohsweetbasil) for more of our favorite photos that our darling friends at J&H (Luczak Photography) took.