Barnie’s Guide to a Perfect Picnic

It’s Labor Day weekend: the symbolic end of summer. We will soon have to say goodbye to beaches and barbecues until next year. But if you’re like me – and you’re yearning to make the most of the last few days of summer – there’s nothing better than a quintessential summertime picnic. And because August is National Picnic Month, this is the perfect time to enjoy your own picnic excursion.

There are plenty of ways you can pack a picnic. But what you pack in your basket depends on your mood. Do you want a romantic evening? Do you want to try something different and exciting? Or do you want to catch up with old friends? Here is Barnie’s guide to a perfect picnic for every mood.


Mood: Comfort

Easy, Classic, Familiar

Picnics can quickly become overcomplicated. Realizing you’ve forgotten plates or figuring out how to keep the drinks chilled and the food warm can take all the fun out of picnicking. If you want a comfortable picnic, you need simple items that are portable and affordable.

What to pack: Bottled water, Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen BREWSTICKS®, pastries, fresh fruit

BREWSTICKS are perfect for a portable cup of coffee that tastes like it’s freshly brewed in one of our cafés. Pastries from your favorite baker or grocer keep well in any temperature. And juicy, fresh fruit is a great snack for the season. Grapes and blueberries are perfectly portable and you can eat them with your hands. No utensils required! This picnic basket is easy so you can spend your time relaxing on Labor Day. This comfortable picnic is ideal for large groups.

Mood: Intrigue

Exotic, Complex, Mysterious

If you’re someone who never eats at the same restaurant twice, then an intriguing picnic is for you. This picnic translates your love for adventure into lovely adventurous foods – all in one basket.

What to pack: Spicy ginger lemonade, chicken kabobs, Barnie’s Beet & Quinoa Salad

Spicy ginger lemonade is an unexpected twist on a classic summertime drink. It’ll satisfy your thirst while giving your taste buds a kick. Also, chicken kabobs are a perfect entrée for a picnic because you don’t have to compromise flavor for portability. Skewers are simple to pack and you can spice them to your liking. To cool the palate, Barnie’s Beet & Quinoa Salad completes the picnic. The salad’s combination of flavors is complex and the crispness of the vegetables is soothing in the hot summer sun. An intriguing picnic is perfect for when you’re exploring the wilderness or trying a new activity.

Mood: Robust

Bold, Rich, Spirited

If you crave a fantastical, one-of-a-kind summertime experience, then you need to pack a robust picnic.

What to pack: Champaign, Barnie’s Café Au Chocolat, thermos, Gruyere cheese, prosciutto, French baguette, macaroons, glassware, cutlery, china

This decadent picnic is a bold experience will not soon be forgotten. Begin with a picnic basket that comes equipped with china and cutlery holders. Uncork the bubbly to start the meal with a bang. Slice the baguette and top with Gruyere and prosciutto. Then enjoy the afternoon indulging in macaroons with the bold, rich chocolate aroma of Barnie’s Café Au Chocolat wafting in the air. A robust picnic would make a memorable romantic weekend rendezvous that’s sure to impress.

No matter which type of picnic you’re in the mood for, there are some picnic basket essentials you should always keep in mind. Remember to pack what you plan on eating first on top so you don’t have to dig for it. Packing frozen water bottles are a great way to enjoy cold water and also climate-control your basket. This is important if you packed fruit, salad or wine.

And most importantly, don’t forget to pack a treat for any four-legged friends that may tag along. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

Until next time,

Sonya Hardy

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  • That beautiful girl is my niece!
    Very nice;)
    Tasha, maybe you could have ‘styled’ a few of the foods linked…and photographed them too;) Just saying;)

    gina on

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