Today I’m joining with a few friends to bring you some summer ideas, sponsored by Amara. Be sure to visit the other posts linked at the bottom of this post.
You probably didn’t know this but I live near a beach. It’s about a 10-15 min drive but it’s still pretty close.
When you think of Vancouver, you probably don’t think ‘beaches’ you probably think ‘rain forest’. We do have some beautiful beaches but our water is pretty cold.
I’ve been wanting to spend more time at the local beaches near my home this summer and I instantly thought picnic.
Most beaches also have a grassy area near them which is perfect to move to if it gets too hot.
There are a few key elements you need for the perfect beach picnic that I’ll share with you today and I have a printable you can download that includes the complete list.
First and foremost, you need a picnic basket. I had one years ago but it was green and navy and smelled kinda musty. I knew I wanted to replace it.
This light wicker picnic basket with polka dot interior fabric made in France is definitely an upgrade!
There’s no better way to force yourself to relax and slow down on a weekend then packing up a picnic basket and heading to a park or beach.
Take stock of what your picnic basket includes and grab any other essential items. The one thing I have added to stay in here is a knife to cut bread with.
I make sure to grab a bottle of wine like this beautiful bottle of rose that is already chilled.
Just make sure to check your city’s bylaws on what you can bring to the beach. Usually wine is fine. Sparkling cider is a nice alternative.
Plates, wine opener and wine glasses are usually included in most picnic baskets.
This picnic basket comes with a little cooler bag so I popped in a little freezer pack and some grapes and strawberries.
Fruit, cheeses and some deli meats are the perfect picnic food.
Think ‘France’ when you think picnics – wine, baguette, fruit, cheeses, meats. Food that is easy to transport and filling enough to eat for lunch.
I brought two demi baguettes (small baguettes) so they could fit in the picnic basket along with a couple of soft cheeses.
This picnic basket comes with a cutting board, flatware and napkins so be sure to check on those items as well.
The basket itself serves as a handy place to set your glasses on.
Be sure to bring a blanket, a book and possibly a pillow. It’s time to relax.
You might want to bring a beach chair if you have a hard time sitting on a blanket but logs on the beach provide a natural chair too.
This basket has a large carrying strap which makes it easy to carry everything in and out.
Now it’s time to enjoy the view and relax.
Why not spend the day at one of your nearby parks or beaches and bring a beautiful curated picnic basket along with you.
I can’t wait to do more of this this summer.
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