Big thanks to Cost Plus World Market for sponsoring this article. All opinions are my own.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and what mom wouldn’t want to spend the day out with her family. Why not surprise Mom with a fun picnic in the park! This is one of my favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas . It’s easy to create a picnic gift basket full of her favorite treats, drinks and a few outside games and head outdoors to enjoy a day in the sun with the kids. Take a look at a few of my favorite picnic picks and tips for creating a fun, Mom’s Day picnic in the park!
When it comes to creating the perfect picnic basket, you can’t go wrong with fun snacks, a bit of sparkling orange soda and a custom family photo blanket. Check out my top picnic picks for a Mother’s Day out featuring products from Cost Plus World Market and Shutterfly.
- World Market® Peanut Butter Pretzels
- Floral Fiji Dinner Plates
- Stamped Wood Cutlery Set
- Cote Stripped Insulated Collapsible Tote Bag
- Jumping Sacks
- Lorina Prestige Sparkling Blood Orange Soda
- Dixon Insulated Wine & Cheese Tote
- Reusable Ice Mat
- Stainless Steel Travel Photo Mug
- Woven Photo Blanket
Hosting a picnic in the park is a wonderful way to celebrate Mom. Of course there are a few ways I’ve found to make sure everything goes smoothly and you don’t end up with a soggy sandwich.
1- Grab a basket that’s insulated
With so many picnic basket choices, it’s easy to go with the traditional pale or wicker basket, but I personally recommend packing an insulated basket. An insulated basket will make sure your food stays cold or hot and some even have areas for both cold and hot foods. You can add a cold ice pack or hot pad instead of worrying about bringing ice along and ending up with soggy food. Insulated baskets come in all different fun colors and patterns to fit your style and most offer zipper closures for extra travel protection.
2- Pack foods that travel well
Although a gorgeous bowl of ice cream may look great sitting on a picnic blanket, getting it there could be a nightmare. Make sure when packing your basket you pack liquids in tight containers, frozen foods in plastic containers, and if you are wanting a bit of cake, cutting it into slices first and then packing it makes it easier to travel and serve. For ice cream, I suggest pre-scooping it into large cupcake liners (paper or silicone) and freezing it the night before. This will also make it easier to serve and clean up.
3- Don’t forget the plates!
There’s nothing worse than sitting down to a picnic feast and realizing you forgot the plates or silverware. Pack these first into the bottom of your basket, that way they will be the last thing you take out when you’re ready to dine. Wrap plastic ware in a few paper towels and place them in a disposable bag so they easily stay together and your napkins don’t blow away as soon as you open your basket.
Taking Mom out for a picnic is a great way to create lasting memories she’ll always enjoy. Let me know how you’re picnic went!
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