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Summer Picnic Ideas from Colonial Village

Colonial Village Blog, Manchester, NH Apartments  Have a themed picnic this month! We are sharing a few ideas to help you get planning.

Picnics are as much a part of summer as ball games, swimming pools, and summer camp. Today for the Colonial Village Blog post, we are sharing some picnic ideas with members of our apartment community as well as local park information to check out for picnic-friendly terrain. Picnics can be very simple, or they can feature multiple courses. The main thing about having a picnic is to experience dining al fresco. We have rounded up some picnic meal ideas ranging from easy-peasy to a full-on meal including dessert. Happy picnic planning!


Bohemian Flair

A loaf of French bread, cheese, and grapes can make a meal. However, for something a little more substantial, add some cold cuts from your local deli. Don’t forget a bottle of your favorite wine to complete the experience.


Italian — A Taste of the Mediterranean

What’s more Italian than pasta? Build your picnic around a pasta salad. Be sure to bring along some freshly grated Parmesan to sprinkle on top. Add some olives — definitely Italian, with many varieties to choose from — a cheese board, and a meat board. We suggest using cured meats such as prosciutto, speck, and salami. A nice loaf of ciabatta or focaccia bread adds a hearty touch to your Italian picnic. End with the classic cannoli for dessert — pastry and cheese never tasted so good. Bon appetit!


Austen Inspired

Go all out and indulge in a Jane Austen-inspired picnic, complete with a tablecloth and tea service. If the idea intrigues you, you’re not alone. Read how Anika Mehta pulled it off: How to Have a Regency Tea Party Picnic, in her blog, Hello Giggles.  Bite from the Past is the perfect place to find suitable picnic food for your outing.


In addition to the food, you’ll need:

  • Picnic blanket

  • Serving utensils

  • Plates, cups, cutlery, napkins

  • Cooler & ice

  • Condiments & spices

  • Picnic basket

  • Trash bag

Head out soon and enjoy a picnic at a Manchester, NH area park. The Manchester Parks and Recreation website will provide details about the best places to go and what facilities are available to help you plan your trip. Where is your favorite place to picnic? Feel free to share in the comments.