We had the pleasure of getting together with Christina from Fashion & Frills and Stephanie Drenka for a fabulous and healthy picnic recently and we had such a blast! They’re both some of the sweetest ladies around and it’s always so much fun when we’re able to get together!
The theme for our picnic was blue and white and the goal was to keep the recipes healthy and light. Given the 100+ Texas heat, we found a nice spot in the shade at Arlington Hall at Lee Park in Uptown Dallas to set up our fantastic picnic spread.
The following are a few essentials to pack when you are planning a picnic:
- a big comfortable blanket – we love this one from Target
- a large basket. We found this colorful one at Target for only $14.99
- plates and bowls
- pitcher for a fun beverage – this one comes with a lid and fruit infuser
- a yard game such as croquette, cornhole, or bocce ball (we found a set at Target for just $15.99)
Fresh flowers and picnic-ware in fun prints and colors brighten up the spread and take the picnic to a whole new level.
Now, for the most important part of the picnic – the food! We brought a mix of homemade dishes and a few pre-made dishes we picked up from Eatzi’s across the street from the park. Although we usually prefer to make everything from scratch so we know what all is going into a dish, it’s totally fine to mix it up with a few quality pre-made options to save time.
- Watermelon feta salad (recipe below)
- Edamame hummus with tortilla chips
- Shredded chicken avocado salad
- Mixed olives
- Pesto pasta salad
- Charcuterie mix of meats and cheeses
- Chocolate strawberries (recipe below)
- Christina’s delicious sugar free champagne spritzers (recipe available here).
Barbara’s watermelon feta salad is so crisp and refreshing, and best of all it’s e-a-s-y to throw together! It only has three ingredients!
Watermelon Feta Salad
Simply chop up and toss together one watermelon (preferably seedless), feta, and mint. No dressing necessary, but if you must have dressing you can whip up a light dressing by whisking together lemon juice, e.v.o.o., salt & pepper, a squeeze of agave nectar (optional), and champagne vinaigrette.
Then, simply serve and enjoy!
Don’t forget to bring something sweet to have at the end of your picnic! Emily made the most amazing and simple dark chocolate strawberries, such a classic combo! These little bites of heaven are perfect year-round as an easy dessert to bring to parties or for special occasions, like Valentine’s Day or anniversaries, and they have 100 calories or less!
Happy picnicking everyone!
Emily & Barbara