Come July, we’re lucky to have a pretty cool excuse to get in at least a few picnics: Every Wednesday, an outdoor concert series is held on the lawn of the state capitol. The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra plays and locals flock to the park, filling the grass with a patchwork of blankets. Thousands of people come out each week, so it becomes one giant city picnic—a perfect mid-week break to enjoy with friends. While it may not seem like traditional entertaining since it’s not hosted at home, the very same rules apply for picnicking—gather a group of friends, make some delicious food, and wear something perfectly appropriate for the occasion. So today I’m sharing a “picnic in the park” look you can recreate with ease!
My simple formula for picnic dressing: One breezy sundress plus a colorful pair of sneakers. I love the easygoing, girly-meets-sporty pairing of dresses with sneakers. The trick is to keep your hemline high to balance out what’s on your feet. I opted for a white floral babydoll dress and green sneakers for a pop of color. They wound up coordinating with my quilt, but you don’t have to be so matchy-matchy!
Sneakers can be kicked off as you lounge and relax. And keep jewelry to a bare minimum—this is not the time for fussy bangles, cocktail rings and large dangling earrings.
Like the outfit, I keep our picnic menus minimal too, since I’m usually preparing them ahead of time so we can grab and go after work. My favorite picnic dishes include Chickpea & Tuna Salad, Kale Market Salad, or my mom’s special Avocado Chicken Salad. Fresh fruit, cheese, and French bread or artisan crackers always make an appearance too. And for dessert, I usually make it easy on myself by grabbing a selection of specialty chocolate bars or picking up fine chocolates from one of the many great chocolatiers in town.
Do you get much picnicking in during the summer? What’s your favorite picnic spot or dish?