Spread Out the Blanket and Uncork the Wine—Picnics Are Hip Again!

How to Celebrate International Picnic Day
Picnics are making a comeback and encompass much more than peanut butter and jelly on a blanket. June 18th is International Picnic Day and there is no better time to jump on the picnic bandwagon.

International Picnic Day? Ya Don’t Say?

Hipsters everywhere are dusting off grandma’s picnic basket, packing up some fresh fruit, a bottle of fine wine, and finding a smooth ant-free spot to throw an old-fashioned picnic.

Picnics started at the end of the French Revolution and during the Victorian era, like most things that are cool again. Picnics were an opportunity for the royal gardens to be open to the public and explored during a meal. This “French” pastime was also a chance for ladies and gentlemen to mingle. That’s right—the picnic was a hookup spot complete with wine, food, and sunshine.

Picnic Facts for Those in the Know

In case you’re wondering, “A few sandwiches short of a picnic” isn’t referring to an afternoon on a blanket with low calorie snacks. It means you’re mentally not all there.

In 2000, a giant 600 miles long picnic was held from coast to coast in France.

How to Celebrate International Picnic Day

While the Victorian era celebrants would spread out tables, fine linens, and gourmet foods served by servants, you don’t have to go that fancy.

All you need is a basket that can fit some refreshing cold foods, utensils, and wine. You can use hand towels to wrap around wine glasses to keep them safe. Hand-held desserts and sandwiches are ideal, as are breads, spreads, cheeses, and crackers.

Be sure to bring wine glass holders that stand in the ground and a wine bottle opener. Also, bring along a book, speaker for the phone, cards, or the old reliable Frisbee. If you are going for a romantic vibe, definitely make a playlist and get the good wine or champagne.

Don’t Skimp on the Wine

Even if you are only bringing a tuna fish sandwich, don’t dishonor the Victorians with cheap, boring wine. Take your time to think about what wines go best with your picnic food and make the wine the “piece de resistance”.

A few wine of the month clubs can give you access to fine and rare winners in a bottle.

California Wine Club has champagnes, sparkling wines, all whites, and all reds for delivery at $39.95 a month for 2 bottles.

Gold Medal Wine Club also delivers highly rated fine wines for $39 a month or you can order gift sets to enjoy at a picnic with friends.

Can you think of anything better than sitting on a blanket, sipping wine mid-afternoon, surrounded by delectable treats, and your favorite people?

If you aren’t investing in a wine of the month club, you are doing yourself and your picnic guests a disservice. Read our reviews of the best wine clubs for an idea about which club is right for your budget and taste and which trusted wine supplier can make your picnic the grand adventure it should be.


Karri is a freelance writer with experience in newspaper and radio news reporting. She also dabbles in fiction when she isn’t writing blogs, articles, websites, or ghostwriting for others. Publishing her fiction novel is at the top of her bucket list. She loves traveling, gardening, and painting. She is also an avid coffee connoisseur and runner training for her first half-marathon. Karri has recently settled in coastal Maine after her husband retired from 23 years in the Army.

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