Fill Up A Basket
Yes, a cooler is necessary for perishable items and drinks, but a chic picnic basket like the Mirabel 4 Person Picnic Basket by Picnic Plus adds a touch of fun-or formality-based on the intended mood of your outing. Baskets come in a variety of styles, from traditional wicker filled with casual china and wine glasses like the Sebago 2 Person Picnic Basket by Picnic Plus to more inexpensive baskets filled with bamboo tableware like the Eco 2 Person Picnic Basket by Picnic Plus. Just make sure it has room for all of your nonperishable essentials, whether it be food items-think bread and crackers, dried fruit and nuts-service pieces or important extras such as tongs, a bottle or can operner and plastic bag for trash-no one likes a litter bug.
Perfect Picnic Items:
* Whole fruit will have a longer life and hold chill longer than precut fruit salad. Frozen grapes also make a great snack.
* Avoid quick-to-spoil mayonnaise. Use vinaigrette-based dressings for salads and pesto and chutney for sandwiches.
* Roasted nuts and dried fruits make for outdoor friendly snacks.
* For an easy dessert, bring individually wrapped pound cake with berries.
* Traditional Southern foods such as ham biscuits and fried chicken are always appropriate for picnics.
* Pack cheeses that taste better when warm, such as Brie and goat cheese.
* Keep drinks cool by freezing lemonade or tea in ice cube trays the night before. Pop the cubes into a Thermos and fill it with more of the same beverage. Your drinks will stay cool without diluting the flavor.
* Skip the bag of ice-ice packs are effective and easy.
Article taken from Delta Sky Magazine