October 2, 2018 Food & Drink End of Summer Picnic I feel like we got spoiled a bit this year with an extra-long summer—such a treat for us Chicagoans. When you spend so many months of the year inside, getting an extra month of warm weather is such a blessing! We’ve been spending nights on our patio, going for early morning coffee walks around our neighborhood and making a lot of trips to the park, which has gotten so much more fun as Owen gets more mobile. A picnic was high on my summer bucket list, and we finally made it happen! Here are my tips for throwing together a fun, quick and easy picnic! Picnic Supplies First, make sure to pack all the picnic essentials! A good blanket that you don’t mind getting a little dirty, cups that can easily stand in grass (mason jars make for cute and easy picnic cups), a wine opener, paper towels for any messes, plates and a cutting board if necessary. I find that even if you’re not using them for food prep, they make a nice stand in table for keeping drinks upright. Perfect Picnic Wines We packed a bottles of Frei Brothers Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Personally, I love a crisp and cool white wine on a warm day. It’s refreshing, light-tasting and delicious! Plus, if you spill, white wine is a lot less messy than red! Having white wine at a picnic reminds me our trip to Sonoma several years ago where we picked up lunch at a cute spot on the road and ate it on a big lawn while drinking wine and overlooking the gorgeous Sonoma Valley. Now I’m ready to book another trip out there—it’s high on my list of “happy places”! And speaking of Sonoma, did you know that October is Sonoma County Wine Month? Even more of a reason to celebrate with a bottle of Frei Brothers Sonoma Reserve! Food If you have the time, I love making homemade sandwiches on baguettes for a wine country market vibe! A fresh green salad, chilled pasta salad and fruit are also great on the side. But, if you’re running tight on time or just want to make things easier, pick up sandwiches or salads from a neighborhood spot and bring them with you. It’s that easy! Sometimes I think we get caught up in having the picture perfect party, picnic or happy hour thanks to Pinterest. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve held off on entertaining because I didn’t feel like I’d done enough to warrant inviting people over. But, I’ve learned that it’s not about the decorations or extravagant meals. It’s the simple act of getting people together to spend time connecting face to face and enjoying each other’s company. The little moments that pop up at a moment’s notice on the weekends are worth celebrating just as much as those fancy get togethers! What little moments can you celebrate this week? Thanks to Frei Brothers, a brand I love and trust, for sponsoring this post! Partnerships like this help make The Fox & She possible! BTW, a Sonoma-inspired date night, and healthy meal plans.