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April flowers have me craving a Spring picnic! Although the weather has been a bit foggy here, this time of year beckons me outside more than usual. I have been enjoying morning walks with my dog, Jag, and weekly roller skating outings on my local beach’s boardwalk. Yes! A friend of mine has been helping me regain the mad skating skills I had when I was a kid!!
It’s also a perfect time of year to break out the picnic basket and bask in the sun with some delicious food on a lovely weekend afternoon. Although any standard basket would do, I was recently struck by the stunning selection of purses available from GUNAS right now. I’ve never packed a picnic in a handbag before, and got inspired to create a Spring picnic menu as a delicious and stylish challenge for the season! I decided on the Kangaroo Saffiano in this earthy dark green, one of the many shades of my favorite color. It is a roomy tote that works well as a work bag or carry-all when out with the kids (I love a bag that can do double duty). I fell in love with this green, which is especially Spring friendly, but they also offer it in a range of other colors. All GUNAS bags are 100% vegan and cruelty free. I especially love the quality and design of GUNAS bags. The material is soft and buttery, just like leather, but without the animal cruelty!
This bag works nicely as a “picnic basket,” with an internal zipper pocket, as well as a zipper divider pocket, (great for storing utensils and napkins.) I was able to fit a picnic blanket and all the food in the bag nicely. It looked so cute packed up that I almost didn’t want to lay out the spread! I have to admit, I felt very chic and stylish with my fashion-forward picnic tote. It definitely won’t be the last time I break it out for a feast in the park. If you love the idea, get one for yourself here.
As for the menu, I love lots of finger foods and appetizers for a Spring picnic to create a whole experience that can sustain appetites for several hours. One of my dream days is to get lost in book under a tree on a picnic blanket. I can’t remember the last time I did that (actually, I think it was last summer with the kids!). This menu includes several munchies and easy-to-eat food that can sit out at room temperature for a bit and still taste delicious.
Stephanie’s Spring Picnic Menu
Baguette and Miyoko’s Cheese
Chopped Vegetable Salad
Slice 2 Persian cucumbers into rounds, 1 cup of cherry tomatoes in half, and 1 watermelon radish into semi-circles (or use a regular radish). Chop 1 head of romaine and toss with the rest of the veggies. Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon on top along with Chile Lime Salt (I get mine at Trader Joe’s) to taste. Top with chopped avocado.
Chickpea Salad and Endive Leaves
Combine 1 cup chopped chickpeas, 1/4 cup chopped carrots, 1/4 cup chopped celery, 1/4 cup chopped red onion, 1/4 cup chopped tomato, and 3 tablespoons Just Thousand (Hampton Creek). Stir well and store in a sealed container. Serve with endive leaves or crackers.
Beanfields White Bean Chips and Roasted Garlic Lemon Hummus
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
I love Uncle Eddies or any of the vegan ones from Trader Joe’s.
What do you think of my Spring picnic menu and basket? What do you love to pack for a picnic?
I received a discount to purchase a GUNAS handbag for this post, but all opinions are my own.