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Planning a Perfect Summer Picinic

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What’s more quintessential summer than an afternoon picnic in the park? Now that I’m home with Annie every day, I try to avoid having too much of a routine and throw in some sort of fun, out of the ordinary activity, at least once or twice a week. Whether it’s a nature walk, trip to the museum or a picnic in the park, I love getting out and about with my little gal! My good friend Brittany and her daughter Charlotte are always joining us on our adventures too. A few weeks ago we thought we’d spice up our Mother-Daughter date and bring along a bottle of chilled white wine!

Today I’m sharing a few things to bring along on your next summer picnic & I’m also chatting about this oh-so-delicious Verdejo wine from Rueda!

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I’m all about vintage inspired picnics. In my opinion, if you’re going to picnic, you need to go all out! Gingham blanket? Check! Wicker basket? Check! Cheese, bread & fruit? Check, check, check!

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White Wine

One thing I don’t forget to check off my list is a bottle of wine! I may have overpacked for this occasion but trust me, we only drank one bottle! 😉

Nothing beats a chilled glass of white wine come summertime, especially in hot Houston. I recently posted about my newfound love for Verdejo wines in this post here. Wine.com has such a great selection of Verdejos including these bottles of Marques de Caceres from the Rueda in Spain. (Currently 10% off with the code RUEDA!) This Spanish white is crisp & refreshing. The subtle flavors of green apple make it perfect to pair with fruit, cheeses & meats!

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Meat & Cheese

Basically my favorite combination. It’s so easy to run to any grocery store for delicious meats, cheeses & bread. I grabbed a French baguette, several slices of salami, a block of Welsh cheddar & a roll of Camembert. This cheese board that they’re sitting on is ahhhhmazing because it’s made of melamine and is super lightweight! Perfect for my on-the-go cheese adventures! {Believe it or not … this is a thing for me!}

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Flowers & Fruit

Another thing that I think is fun {but totally not necessary} to pack along on a picnic are fresh flowers! I have so many small vases left over from my wedding so I just tossed two in my basket and a few sprigs of baby’s breath from my kitchen table. I felt like it made our picnic that much more elegant, so much so that we sat around for hours not wanting to leave!

Fruit is also a must. Healthy, colorful & a tangy/sweet balance to the rest of the spread.

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Annie’s little face in this picture just kills me! Can’t. Handle. The. Cuteness!

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Brittany and I were cheesing while trying to get the babies to smile. Annie only JUST discovered baby Charlotte and the two of them together are seriously the cutest thing!

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{Also, French baguettes can sometimes double as baby toys} lol 😉

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The four of us spent several hours in the shade sipping, snacking and playing with the babes. Hermann Park in Houston is my favorite spot to picnic. Not only are the grounds gorgeous, but the people watching is pretty great too! I’m definitely planning on recreating this spread for a night out on the hill picnicking and watching the symphony at The Miller Outdoor Theater. Literally my favorite summer activity!

As always, thanks for following along! And big thank you to Verdejo in Rueda for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. Thanks to you guys for supporting the brands that make Lone Star Looking Glass possible.

xo, alice

*Big thank you to Rueda Verdejo for sponsoring this post & for sending some delicious vino to try! As always, all opinions are my own. Thanks to you for supporting the brands that make Lone Star Looking Glass possible.

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  • Miriam

    this looks like the perfect summer picnic! and how cute are the babies!!!!

  • This is such a darling post!!
    I’m loving all of the photos. 🙂

    ~Adriana

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  • Ashley Hargrove

    This is the absolute cutest!! Looks like the best picnic ever!!

  • Rach

    Love picnics in the summer! These are great ideas for a picnic!

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  • Sydney Power

    Picnics, sunshine, and beautiful little loved ones – what could be more precious.

  • This is the cutest little picnic! I need to try these wines!

    ~Hillary
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  • Sarah Tripp

    Picnics are so fun! Love your setup!

  • What an adorable set up!! Loving the picnic basket and your gingham blanket!

    -Morgan
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  • This seriously looks like the perfect picnic. I think I might be doing a picnic dinner with my boyfriend tonight since the weather is so nice out today. I’ll have to grab some of these essentials!

  • Nina Provenzano Rand

    This is so adorable! What a fun picnic! xx Nina

  • What a fun day this looks like!! Can’t ever forget to pack the wine 😉

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