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25 Romantic Little Foods to Bring on a Picnic Date

25 Romantic Little Foods to Bring on a Picnic Date

With spring in full bloom and summer on the horizon, picnics are popping up all over the place. Get in on the fun — grab a date or a few friends and make an afternoon of fine food and good times. When filling up the picnic basket, throw away the usual go-to sandwich idea and create a menu full of seasonal, fresh ingredients. Also, don’t forget dessert — and Nutella is a must!

—Francesca Borgognone

1. Little things on skewers! — Melon, ham, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, artichokes

2. Bruschetta

3. Sangria: Make your own and transport in jars.

4. Muffaletta: The New Orleans sandwich is the perfect picnic food. Cut into slices before you leave and you have yourself handheld scrumdiddlyumptious-ness.

5. Tiny sandwiches: Try tiny sandwiches — think tea time. If you want to go all nuts, cut the sandwiches into shapes with cookie cutters.

6. Bite-sized fruit like strawberries, cherries, pineapple, and grapes.

7. Sushi: I don’t usually think sushi is a great date food, but if you’re on a picnic date, it’s another story. It’s perfectly portable and easy to eat.

8. Risotto balls: There’s something sexy about risotto, isn’t there? Since that’s too tough to bring on a picnic, shape it into balls.

9. Stuffed dates: I like to stuff them with almonds, and then roll them in powdered sugar.

10. Silly candy: Like Sweet Tarts or Pop Rocks. This is so you don’t take your picnic too seriously.

11. Soft cheese and crackers: Brie and crackers or bread sticks are classic for a reason — they’re delicious.

12. Nutella: Out of the jar will do.

13. Ricotta gnudi: Portable and elegant — well worth the effort!

14. Fresh Summer Rolls: These are easy to eat on the go and are perfect on a hot summer night.

15. Roasted pumpkin seeds: Pumpkin seeds are a natural aphrodisiac. Here are five ways to spice them.

16. Popcorn: Pop unflavored popcorn and own your own flavor, like shredded Parmesan or Cajun spices.

17. Mini pizzas: Use pitas or English muffins.

18. Cheddar cheese and apples: There is something so good about this combo.

19. Figs: They’re good on their own, extra good with balsamic vinegar, mascarpone, and walnuts.

20. Quesadillas: Get creative with cheese and filling combos, like grilled chicken and pineapple or steak and blue cheese.

21. Mediterranean bites: Like pita and hummus, stuffed grape leaves, or olives.

22. Shrimp and cocktail sauce.

23. DIY Wraps: Try stuffing Roquefort cheese, pear, and walnut in Endive.

24. Charcuterie: Salami, pepperoni, prosciutto

25. Chocolates: Duh.

—Lauren Passell, How About We

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Making Picnic Love Sandwiches

Finding romantic picnic recipes is not always easy. Usually you have to ask a friend, or your mom (and who wants to ask their mom about anything romantic?), and you may not always like what recipes you receive. Making a romantic picnic dish may also seem more difficult than it really is. This is why I have written this article – to give you easy to make romantic picnic recipes that will definitely hit the spot with a nice, romantic meal. (You will even have fun with this one. I promise.)

Romantic Picnic Recipes: The Ingredients

The name of this recipe – Love Sandwiches – might sound weird, but it is called that for a reason. Love between two people involves, among other things, doing something together whenever possible. It involves sharing something between two people. You and your significant other can connect in this way anywhere, no matter what you are doing – even eating. Love sandwiches simply are sandwiches that you two make for each other. And while they can be as simple as you want them to be, this recipe will allow you and your special someone to enjoy each other and a little fun in a classic way.

Here is what you will need. If you know your partner has a favorite type of sandwich bread, bring that. If not, I suggest bringing the following: marbled rye bread, French baguettes, melba toast, whole wheat honey bread, and small pitas. For added effect, reduce each to small portions, a little bigger than bite-size. You will then need to bring sandwich fillings. I suggest the following: prosciutto ham, roasted turkey breast, honey-baked ham, roast beef, grilled sliced chicken breast, cheese (Brie, Swiss, provolone, mozzarella, cheddar), ripened plum tomato slices, leafy green lettuce, baby spinach leaves, banana peppers, sweet pickle slices, and any other of your favorite ingredients. Try to use something you have not tried before, though that makes it fun. You should also bring mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, honey mustard, fruit spread, quiche spread, or any other sandwich condiment that you will like.

Romantic Picnic Recipes: Putting It All Together

Before you go, make sure the ingredients are in small portions. The object is for you and your partner to make small sandwiches with – and for – each other. Experiment. Try different combinations. Have fun with it. It is especially fun when you include a nice sampling of exotic foods that you two have never had before. For example, there are plenty of cheeses out there in the world that you can find wherever you live, more than likely. You probably have not even heard of them, much less eaten them, which is perfect for this recipe. You can and should experiment with your food combinations and dare each other to make unique and creative sandwiches. This is a great way to not only enjoy your food, but to really enjoy each other as well.

Another way to add a unique twist to this activity is to write down the names of each ingredient on slips of paper. Place the bread slips together, the meat slips together, the other ingredient slips together, and the condiment slips together. Then, draw one of each and see what you come up with. If you have a wide and diverse selection, this can result in some hilarious moments. After all, part of romance is enjoying your time with your partner. It does not have to be all serious and sensual a fun time is just as romantic as one spent with roses, champagne, and soft music. And with Love Sandwiches, romance and fun are definitely what you will get.


40 Best Picnic Side Dishes for a Delicious Summertime Meal

In the summer, when the days are long and sunny and your kids practically live outside, picnics make for an ideal meal! Here, we're sharing our all-time favorite picnic side dishes to help you plan a perfect day. Throw a blanket down and get ready to browse through some great options.

Of course, if you're new to the picnic-planning game, you might be wondering where to begin. We suggest taking a peek at our favorite summer recipes to decide on a main (or two!), then heading back here to figure out the best sides to complement your choice. We've got you covered with dozens of hearty salads, crowd-pleasing casseroles, and plenty of classic picnic foods&mdashall of which double as excellent Fourth of July appetizers to accompany delicious grilling recipes. You'll also find dishes that are great for both kids and adults, so there's no need to worry about picky eaters.

The best thing about these special side dishes, of course, is that you don't actually need to wait to have a picnic to whip up one of them. Try them as part of your BBQ sides, incorporate them into a casual weeknight meal, or add a few to your big Sunday dinner spread.


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Those with a creative eye know firsthand that inspiration is all around us. Whether you're energized by the earth tones of nature, a color-filled walk through a local farmer's market, or even by a quick scroll through Instagram, you never know what might spark a new creative project.

In the spirit of inspiring your next masterpiece, we're excited to partner with Bounty to fuel the next generation of artists and designers forward by launching a national design competition. We're calling on graphic designers to apply for a chance to see their work featured on a new Brit + Co and Bounty paper towel collection, set to launch in 2022.

Aside from the incredible exposure of having your illustrations on paper towels that'll be in stores across America next year, you'll also receive $5,000 for your art a scholarship for Selfmade, our 10-week entrepreneurship accelerator to take your design career to the next level (valued at $2,000) and a stand alone feature on Brit + Co spotlighting your artistry as a creator.

The Creatively You Design Competition launches Friday, May 21, 2021 and will be accepting submissions through Monday, June 7, 2021.

APPLY NOW

Who Should Apply: Women-identifying graphic designers and illustrators. (Due to medium limitations, we're not currently accepting design submissions from photographers or painters.)

What We're Looking For: Digital print and pattern designs that reflect your design aesthetic. Think optimistic, hopeful, bright — something you'd want to see inside your home.

How To Enter: Apply here, where you'll be asked to submit 2x original design files you own the rights to for consideration. Acceptable file formats include: .PNG, .JPG, .GIF, .SVG, .PSD, and .TIFF. Max file size 5GB. We'll also ask about your design inspiration and your personal info so we can keep in touch.

Artist Selection Process: Panelists from Brit + Co and P&G Bounty's creative teams will judge the submissions and select 50 finalists on June 11, 2021 who will receive a Selfmade scholarship for our summer 2021 session. Then, up to 8 artists will be selected from the finalists and notified on June 18, 2021. The chosen designers will be announced publicly in 2022 ahead of the product launch.

For any outstanding contest Qs, please see our main competition page. Good luck & happy creating!


Healthy Summer Picnic Ideas to Pack Up for Dinner Tonight

Follow this formula to create a healthy picnic dinner using easy-to-prep items that pack up well. Try our menu suggestions for kid-friendly, budget, romantic, vegan and allergy-friendly picnic spreads.

The warm weather and long days are just begging you to lay out a blanket and do dinner outside. No-cook picnic dinners are perfect when it&aposs too hot to turn on the stove. And there&aposs relatively little cleanup. If you&aposve got kids, packing up a quick picnic dinner means you can get out of the kitchen and outside to enjoy the sunshine with your family. Pack up a bottle of Prosecco and some chocolate-covered strawberries, for a romantic dinner for two.

To keep it healthy, look to your vegetable garden for inspiration—or whatever fresh fruits and veggies you have right now in your kitchen. Then round out your meal with easy-to-eat ingredients like assorted nuts, cheese, whole-grain crackers and healthy store-bought convenience items (like hummus and deli turkey). We came up with five different picnic variations to choose from, including a kid-friendly picnic and a vegan picnic spread (scroll down to see them all). Or use our simple formula to help you create a balanced meal that best suits your style.

Don&apost forget to pack the picnic essentials, like a blanket (of course), utensils, plates, a bottle opener and bug spray.


33 Essential Items: What to Bring on a Picnic Date in 2021 [checklist]

Organizing a picnic can be difficult, but if you plan ahead and follow our picnic checklist, then you’ll see it’s actually pretty easy.

Whether it’s your first date or your anniversary, going on a picnic date is a fabulous way to surprise your loved one.

In general, picnics are all around food, good company, fun activities, and enjoying the sunshine.

But a picnic date is also about romance and bonding time with your partner.

So you’ll have to sprinkle the picnic with some romantic stuff like strawberries, chocolate, champagne, flowers, heart-shaped cookies, and relaxing music. Here’s our well-researched list with what to pack for a picnic for two.

PS: Read our new-updated article that includes a free picnic planning checklist that helps you plan every type of picnic: for families, for corporate events, for parties etc.


Strawberry & Cream Croissant French Toast For Your Weekend Brunch

Those with a creative eye know firsthand that inspiration is all around us. Whether you're energized by the earth tones of nature, a color-filled walk through a local farmer's market, or even by a quick scroll through Instagram, you never know what might spark a new creative project.

In the spirit of inspiring your next masterpiece, we're excited to partner with Bounty to fuel the next generation of artists and designers forward by launching a national design competition. We're calling on graphic designers to apply for a chance to see their work featured on a new Brit + Co and Bounty paper towel collection, set to launch in 2022.

Aside from the incredible exposure of having your illustrations on paper towels that'll be in stores across America next year, you'll also receive $5,000 for your art a scholarship for Selfmade, our 10-week entrepreneurship accelerator to take your design career to the next level (valued at $2,000) and a stand alone feature on Brit + Co spotlighting your artistry as a creator.

The Creatively You Design Competition launches Friday, May 21, 2021 and will be accepting submissions through Monday, June 7, 2021.

APPLY NOW

Who Should Apply: Women-identifying graphic designers and illustrators. (Due to medium limitations, we're not currently accepting design submissions from photographers or painters.)

What We're Looking For: Digital print and pattern designs that reflect your design aesthetic. Think optimistic, hopeful, bright — something you'd want to see inside your home.

How To Enter: Apply here, where you'll be asked to submit 2x original design files you own the rights to for consideration. Acceptable file formats include: .PNG, .JPG, .GIF, .SVG, .PSD, and .TIFF. Max file size 5GB. We'll also ask about your design inspiration and your personal info so we can keep in touch.

Artist Selection Process: Panelists from Brit + Co and P&G Bounty's creative teams will judge the submissions and select 50 finalists on June 11, 2021 who will receive a Selfmade scholarship for our summer 2021 session. Then, up to 8 artists will be selected from the finalists and notified on June 18, 2021. The chosen designers will be announced publicly in 2022 ahead of the product launch.

For any outstanding contest Qs, please see our main competition page. Good luck & happy creating!


Preparations

The first thing you'll want to do is contact your chosen winery to confirm that they either have picnic tables or permit you to bring a picnic blanket to create your own picnic location on their property. Decide who will be the designated driver to drive the group home safely after several hours of wine tasting and picnicking.

Remember to pack your food with enough ice to keep it at a safe temperature until you're ready to eat.

Pack your picnic basket with the following supplies. These will include:

  • A picnic blanket if tables are not available
  • Plates
  • Napkins
  • Utensils
  • Corkscrew
  • Wine glasses
  • Other beverage glasses
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Hand wipes

Summer Picnic Recipes That Aren't Sandwiches

You love picnicking? So do we, and so does Martha! Food just tastes better when eaten outdoors. A sandwich is an easy option for a quick picnic, but when you feel like something different, you'll be glad to know that there are so many other options well-suited to open-air dining. When the weather is glorious and a trip to the beach or park beckons, make a day of it by packing an outdoor-friendly meal you can linger over for hours. Whether you're looking for a recipe for a refreshing Chilled Spanish-Style Tomato Soup, a roast chicken and bread salad, or a slaws or green salad that will stay fresh until its picnic time, you'll find ideas in the slides ahead. And don't be afraid to get creative and mix-and-match your menu: Our recipes are all worth spreading out your picnic blanket for.

Have you ever thought about serving a steak for your picnic main? Flank steak is an economical cut that's full of flavor. Bonus: Our picnic-friendly Skirt Steak and Corn with Chimichurri only takes 30 minutes to make, and the steak and the corn can be cooked a day ahead and packed into separate containers. Make the chimichurri on the day of the picnic and cover it with a layer of oil to prevent this zesty herb sauce from browning. Another unexpected but entirely delicious meal option for your picnic? Make the fried chicken that's seen here and build your picnic menu around it. Our recipe creates the crispiest chicken that stays crunchy all day long, which is exactly what you need when you're packing it for a picnic.

Other foods you might not have considered picnic fare that we advocate for? Coins of grilled corn, skinny sticks of watermelon&mdashwhich are much easier to handle than a wedge&mdashand refreshing slaws. We have two favorites: You can't go wrong with either our summer slaw, made with zucchini or yellow squash, carrots, bell pepper, and sweet onion, or this addictive slaw-potato salad hybrid. Whatever way you decide to go in terms of the savory options, don't forget to pack something for a sweet ending to the meal. We think that our Walnut-Brownie Cookie is a cookie with a brownie twist that provides the best of both worlds.

While crafting a great menu is important, don't forget to think about how you'll transport and serve each dish. Maybe you're hauling a robust wheelie cooler, or maybe putting that pretty wicker picnic basket to use. Either way, be sure to pack any necessary forks, knives, spoons, cups, plates, and napkins. Now, get out the picnic basket and start packing.


25+ Hawaiian Party Foods

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Celebrate Island Style with these 25+ Hawaiian Party Foods.

No matter what time of year it is, it&rsquos always a good idea to have a Hawaiian party!! Break out the Hawaiian party decor and make some delicious Hawaiian Party Foods&hellip and celebrate life island style! We put together a great list of Hawaiian inspired recipes that are sure to brighten your mood AND your taste buds, we also have 2 very cute ways to serve it all up. Aloha!

1. Hawaiian Style Shoyu Chicken | NoBiggie

2. Hawaiian Mac Salad | NoBiggie

3. Pineapple Whip | NoBiggie

4. Slow Cooker Kalua Pork | NoBiggie

5. Fresh Pineapple Salsa | NoBiggie

6. Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs | NoBiggie

7. Fresh Mango Salsa | NoBiggie

8. Easy Hawaiian Meatballs | NoBiggie

9. Hawaiian Fried Rice | NoBiggie

10. Hawaiian Berry Smoothie | The First Year Blog

11. Hawaiian Coleslaw | Platings and Pairings

12. Hawaiian Cheesecake Salad | The Slow Roasted Italian

13. Pineapple Palm Tree Serving Tray | ehow

14. Sand Dollar Cinnamon Sugar Cookies | Mama Miss

15. Hawaiian Sweet Rolls | Saving Dessert

16. Pina Colada Cupcakes | Cooking Classy

17. Hawaiian Style Malasada | Pint Size Gourmets

18. Hawaiian Chicken Bites | Rasamalaysia

19. Hawaiian Potato Salad | Cooking with Curls

20. Tropical Pineapple Dip | The Pink Paper Doll

21. Chocolate Dipped Frozen Pineapple Pops | Kudos Kitchen by Renee

22. Banana Coconut Upside Down Cake | The Girl Who Ate Everything

24. Hawaiian Fruit Punch | In The Kids Kitchen

25. DIY Tiki Bar | A Purdy Little House

26. Fruity Grilled Shrimp Skewers | My Recipes

27. Hawaiian Coconut Pudding | Serious Eats


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