How to Throw the Perfect Picnic

With Spring right around the corner and warmer temperatures on the way, it’s time to think about fun outdoor activities and dining al fresco! We love dining outdoors whenever possible and packing a good picnic to enjoy on those sun-drenched Texas afternoons is now a lot easier with restaurants like Zoës Kitchen that offer fresh, made-from-scratch to-go options. Over the weekend we visited Lost Oak Winery to do a wine tasting and decided it was the perfect day to pack a picnic and make an afternoon out of it. Keep reading to learn how to throw the perfect picnic!

Cue Zoës Kitchen! Zoës Kitchen is a fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant with a food philosophy rooted in feeding your body fresh, nutritious options. Zoës Kitchen catering and to-go fresh food options make it our go to whenever we need to pull together an impromptu dinner party and this weekend it was the perfect choice for our picnic! Their menu is full of fresh, delicious options making it easy to find something for everyone. They also have over 200 locations spanning across 20 states! Find a location near you here: Restaurant Locator and peruse their menu here: Zoës Kitchen Menu

{Our Picnic Menu}


  • Mediterranean Baked Feta
  • Hummus Trio


  • Greek Salad
  • Quinoa Salad


  • Chicken Salad Sandwich
  • Pimento Cheese Sandwich
  • Steak Kabobs
  • Chicken Kabobs
  • Spinach Roll-ups


  • Roasted Vegetables
  • Potato Salad
  • Pasta Salad
  • Rice Pilaf


  • San Pellegrino
  • Frizzante Gewurztraminer Dry 2015 – Lost Oak Winery

How to Throw the Perfect Picnic

When packing a picnic, it’s always a good idea to bring along a few essentials like plates, utensils, napkins, and cups. We found a great picnic set at HomeGoods that contained a set of large square plastic plates and smaller square plates, as well as individual sets of plastic-ware utensils with napkins. Target is also a great place to find picnic essentials. This type of set is great for picnics or casual summer dinner parties and makes for super easy clean-up at the end of the meal. We also found our festive table cloth at HomeGoods, which could also be used as a blanket if we wanted to set up the picnic in a park.

The hummus trio is one of our favorite appetizers, which includes basil pesto, red pepper, and classic hummus. The basil pesto hummus is amazing! The new Mediterranean baked feta appetizer was quite tasty as well.

The steak kabobs and spinach roll-ups are another two of our favorite entrees on the menu. Truth be told, the spinach roll-ups aren’t pictured because we ate them in the car en route to the picnic because we just couldn’t resist! They’re that good!

Shop Our Picnic Essentials

Nothing beats a little sunshine, good food, and quality time spent with the ones you love!

We highly recommend considering Zoës Kitchen to help make catering your next picnic, dinner party, or girls night in a hit and super stress-free! Our picnic turned out fantastic and it was seriously a breeze to throw together thanks to Zoës Kitchen’s fresh and healthy crowd-pleasing to-go options.

They also have Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten-Free options available. Make sure to also check out Zoës Kitchen‘s Fresh Take Tubs To Go that come in pint and quart sizes of all your favorite picnic classics and some with a Mediterranean twist, including Mediterranean tuna, marinated slaw, three different kinds of hummus, pimento cheese, pasta salad, and more!

Nutritional information can be found here.

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Happy picnicking!


Emily & Barbara


A big thank you to Zoës Kitchen for sponsoring this post! All opinions are 100% our own.

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  1. 2.20.17
    Brooke said:

    This looks so yum! I practically lived at Zoe’s in college!


    • 4.10.17
      Emily Stafford said:

      Hi Brooke!

      Isn’t Zoe’s the best!? Love it SO much!



      P.S. Miss you!

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