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Picnics, Tailgates and Good Times- Oh My!

A late summer breeze brushes your sun kissed hair sweeping your soft smile as you stretch out your legs under the suns best rays.

Dipping gourmet baguette slices into warm oil and seasoning, toast to the start of a new season, with same friends.


Blankets outstretched mile upon mile- it’s picnic central and you’re the connoisseur thanks to your latest read (wink)

Whether a Central Park Saturday picnic or turning it up for the first tailgate of the year there’s a certain etiquette one must abide by for a successful, memorable, and dare we say festive soirée.

She comes prepared in the chicest of ways; by bicycle with champagne and flowers.


Let’s take it step-by-step and rock this without a hitch:

The perfect basket:

Nordstrom

Kohl’s

Nordstrom

Now for the elitists of tailgates, honorary picnic throwers, and unparalleled attendees. Not for the faint of heart, penny-pinchers, or forgetful Fran’s who leave their baskets behind.

This baby does it all and travels in a sleek compact dseign which is perfect for trudging down hill while in that delicate eyelet poplin skirt.

Hampton Picnic Hamper


Next up,

Proper Blankets and Warmth:

Wayfair

The ‘drobe, the look, it’s gotta be casual but sophisticated, approachable yet coffee table book-worthy

Some staple picnic/ tailgate wardrobe pieces are already in your wardrobe.

A classic. A staple. A go-to. The effortless Denim Jacket, of course.

It’s a perfect weight for any breeze, and adds a sense of casualness if you don a blouse and such

J. Brand

Mix and match from cherries & berries to blouses & booties…

Perfect Picnic Attire Picks:

I love the ability to be able to shed a layer or roll up my sleeves when outdoor weather and activities can be unpredictable, I opt for open cardigans and light button downs

Nordstrom- Green Cardi Iris & Ink – Pullover Iris & Ink – Button down

Cheering for your team in a nostalgic collegiate cardi- how fitting.

Urban Outfitters

From corn hole, to beer pong stride with ease is super important

I like to pick pieces that aren’t too long in case it is muddy and to avoid any tripping mishaps

Zara- Stripe Pant Levis’- Crop Jean

This Rag & Bone fedora is on sale now!

Don’t get your foot in your mouth by suggesting a tailgate and then get your foot caught in the mud. An easy slide or low-heeled bootie will let your social butterfly soar with ease

Nordstrom-Red Slides Castillo- Bootie

What better way to fit the part with non other than a Gingham Gucci loafer.

The bag: Too big and it gets in the way, Too small and what was the point in bringing it, while you hand all your hopefully trustworthy friends to hold onto your belongings

When you want to get to your things with ease this Diesel bag is mere perfection & will match everything!


Also a good idea to find a bag with some sort of closure, to ensure security around mobs of people

I love both of these options and they are both under $80!

RAINS-Blue Tote LANCASTER- Black Tote

Careful with material as well. Unexpected rain, will lead to unexpected tears when you take the suede out for a day. A good go-to is nylon and something that can wipe easily.

3.1- Phillip Lim 


Leather is always a favorite choice depending just how hardcore your group is and if you have a table, or sport to store your bag then, all the better!

Alexander McQueen


We all envision ourselves showing up on time, totally adjusted as an adult with a homemade pie in hand, nothing less than Betty Draper vibes. But where to begin!?

Here are some easy dishes, that’ll totally make you look like a seasoned pun intended) picnic/tailgate attendee


By the way … I’m that person that’s allergic to wheat and used to showing up to events where I can’t eat anything. So here are some allergy/sensitivity dishes for my fellow passers of most dishes.

Gluten Free Spinach Bites


Ingredients:

  1. olive oil spray

  2. 3 cups packed spinach

  3. 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

  4. 1/4 cup sour cream

  5. 1/2 cup grated Parmesan

  6. 1 (14 oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

  7. 2 teaspoons sriracha sauce

  8. sea salt

  9. shredded mozzarella for topping

Gluten Free Vegetarian 7 Layer Dip


Ingredients:

  1. 1 (16 oz) can Vegetarian Rosarita Refried Beans

  2. 1 cup favorite salsa

  3. 2 cups guacamole (approx 2 avocados)

  4. 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  5. 1 cup diced tomatoes

  6. 1 cup sour cream (or greek yogurt)

  7. 1/2 cup diced onion

  8. Drizzle with favorite taco sauce!


Healthy Texas Caviar


Ingredients Two 15 oz. cans black eyed peas 15 oz. can black beans 1 cup organic corn (I thaw frozen corn) 1 bell pepper (I use 1/2 green, 1/2 red) 1/2 small red onion Optional additions: jalapeno, tomatoes, green onion, cilantro, avocado, etc.

{For the dressing} 1/4 cup red wine vinegar Juice from 1/2 lemon, more to taste 1-2 cloves garlic, minced 3/4 tsp. oregano 1/4 tsp. salt

Now my specialty (never frowned upon or turned down) is bringing an adult-beverage. Who doesn’t love additional drinking options!?

Seagram’s Punch


INGREDIENTS:

  1. 4 bottles (11.2 oz each) Seagram’s Escapes Jamaican Me Happy, chilled

  2. 6 cups sparkling lemonade

  3. 6 oz vodka

  4. 1 orange, sliced

  5. 1 lemon, sliced

  6. 8 oz strawberries, hulled and sliced

  7. Ice cubes

Make it last, make it count, make it worth it. Make it a memory worth keeping.


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