Summer will be here soon and with it comes warmer weather, relaxed schedules, and more opportunities to enjoy time with family and friends. Start the season right with a Memorial Day picnic your guests will talk about all summer long.

Set the scene

With a little work, any backyard can be transformed into the perfect picnic setting. Hanging lanterns, potted plants, and streamers are all ways to create an inviting and festive atmosphere

Timing is everything

Time of day matters when it comes to summer celebrations. The sun can be quite intense at the end of May. Three hours before sunset is typically the optimal time for comfortable picnic weather.

You’ve set the scene for your perfect picnic. Now, let’s figure out what to bring!

Here’s a helpful checklist to ensure a good time:
  • Colorful blanket
  • Soft cushions
  • Flowers or greenery
  • Picnic table
  • Deck of cards or board game
  • Balls or frisbees
  • Pitcher of sangria (recipe below)
  • Finger foods (recipes below)
  • Speakers 
  • Party playlist (ideas below)
  • The Stella Stoneware Collection

To create an atmosphere that’s fun with a hint of sophistication, consider the Stella Collection. Its minimalistic design and soft hues will elevate your picnic from casual to chic.

For a more personal look, create your own unique setting by mixing and matching pieces from both the Stella and Delilah settings.

After setting up your table setting, add some fresh blossoms or greenery around the table to brighten the mood and bring out all the rich colors of your meal.

The Menu

Picnic food should be light, easy to eat, and flavorful. 

Bruschetta is the ideal option because it can be embellished with a wide range of toppings for a rich dining experience.

For easy serving, prepare the bread in advance and add toppings immediately before serving.

Here are two of our favorite Bruschetta Recipes:

 

Sautéed Mushroom Bruschetta

 

Ingredients:

- Italian Bread Sliced and toasted
- 3 tbsp. EVOO
- 3 cloves of garlic chopped
- 1 pound of your favorite mushrooms
- Fresh parsley leaves
- Fresh thyme
- Salt and ground black pepper

 

Method:

Sauté the minced garlic cloves in olive oil over medium-high heat until fragrant. Add mushrooms and season with salt and pepper.

Reduce the heat to medium and cook the mushrooms for about 10 minutes, stirring often. Add the fresh parsley and thyme and cook for another 3 minutes.

Serve the warm mushrooms on top of the bread slices.

 

Tomato Basil Bruschetta

Ingredients:

- Italian Bread Sliced and toasted

2 cloves of garlic (whole)

- ½ pound of ripe tomatoes (about 4 medium ones)

- 2 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil

Fresh basil leaves

Salt and Pepper

 

Method:

Halve the tomatoes and discard most of the seeds.

Chop the tomatoes into chunks and add to a bowl with a generous pinch of salt and a small pinch of pepper.

Add the olive oil and basil. 

Stir and let sit for 10 minutes.
While the toasted bread is still warm, rub it with garlic (two strokes per slice).

Top bruschetta with tomatoes and season again if needed. 

 

Cheers!

No drink better encapsulates the feeling of summer than sangria. The bright fruity scent and refreshing flavors will immediately put your guests in a festive mood. 

Sangria recipes don’t have to be complicated to be delicious. Here is one of our favorites.

 

Summer Sangria Recipe

 

Ingredients:

-  ¼ cup water

¼ cup brandy

- 1 cup fresh strawberries (halved)

1 cup apple (cut into little cubes)

1 cup of cherries (halved, no pits)

1 750ml bottle of Rose wine

 

Method:
Put sugar and water into the bottom of a pitcher. Add Brandy and stir to dissolve. Add the fruits and pour in the bottle of wine. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least one hour. Serve with ice.

If Music Be the Food Of Love, Play On

The music you choose will set the tone of your gathering. Are you looking for a meaningful afternoon of deep discussion? An upbeat backyard dance party? Or maybe you would prefer just a relaxed casual mood?

If you’re looking to host a playful, lighthearted gathering, the following songs will be a great addition to your playlist.

Harry Styles - As It Was

Claire Rosinkranz - Backyard Boy

Justin Bieber - Peaches

Harry Styles - Watermelon Sugar

No Vacation - August

The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever

Anavitoria - Pupila

Doja Cat - Kiss Me More

Harry Styles - Adore You

Taylor Swift - Cardigan

Miley Cyrus - Malibu

Surfaces - Good Day

 

Now that you’ve chosen the food, mood, and music, you’re ready to go!

In a few weeks, your guests will be gathered in your backyard enjoying great conversation, upbeat music, and a delicious meal on the elegant Stella Collection setting.

Send out invitations as soon as possible so you can be sure of a great turnout. 

Happy Picnicking!