Prepared For A Picnic

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I feel like  Summer has officially begun!  How ’bout you?  Sure, we are still schooling (and probably will at least three days out of the week all summer long).  And yes, it’s still actually Spring.  Summer is just in the air.  In fact, we just got back from the beach!  (May I recommend going to the beach the day AFTER Memorial Day?  It was practically empty!  Lovely!)  Now that the weather is warm we will be cooking and eating outside as often as possible.

If you eat outside often you know how it goes: Take the food outside to the grill.  Go back in for condiments and take those outside.  Go back inside for plates and cups.  Forget to take the tablecloth out, so go back inside for that.  Take it outside, set the table.  Realize that you don’t have forks.  Go back inside.  While you’re in their grab the salad and other food.  Do the balancing act of getting it all outside.  Repeat for ice, candles, buns, napkins, and cutting board.

Well, here at The Provision Room, we believe in being prepared.  Not just for life’s emergencies, but for life itself!  And that means we are prepared for Summer!  Enter the Home Picnic Basket!

In this basket we put everything we need for eating outside, except the food!  So, when we say, “It’s beautiful out!  Let’s grill!” we simply grab the basket and head outside!  When dinner is over the basket is restocked and repacked and sits ready for the next time!

Do you see this gorgeous table my husband made me for Mother’s Day?! The ice bucket and plants are removable and interchangeable!

What should go in your Home Picnic Basket?

Here’s some ideas:

  • Plates
  • Cups
  • Forks, spoons and knives
  • Small cutting board or cheese boards
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Oil and Vinegar
  • Cloth napkins
  • Flour sack towels
  • Tablecloth
  • Bottle opener and corkscrew
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Citronella candles and matches (if mosquitoes are an issue for your house as they are with mine)
  • A little vase so you can pluck a few flowers to adorn your table

An old oatmeal can that holds a bunch of citronella tea lights and matches

We are ready at a moments notice to dine Al Fresco!  Com’on Summer!  

(Linked To Simple Lives ThursdayHomesteader’s Blog Carnival and Mostly Homemade Mondays.)


  1. That is a really great idea, especially including the bug candles! They can ruin a meal.

  2. Love this idea! Thanks

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