In the Kitchen

Art of the Picnic – Wine & Cheese

When the weather starts to cool in September, it’s the perfect time to enjoy one of life’s simple pleasures by dining al fresco! Picnics are a favorite fall activity and each week during the month of September we will be sharing a different theme with tips and inspiration for creating a memorable picnic of your own! I’m excited to kick it off with a romantic wine & cheese theme.


Before we talk about the wine and cheese, there are a few basic tips that can translate to every picnic.

Layer Your Blankets:
Start with a base blanket that you don’t mind getting dirty or wet. To make this bottom layer waterproof use a plastic piece: garbage bags, a small tarp, or plastic tablecloth are all good options. Then, layer your delicate blankets, linens and/or cute tablecloths on top. Not only does this look nice, but it protects your lovely blankets. Adding small rugs or mats can also come in handy since they are sturdier.

Pick A Basket:
A picnic basket (like the one pictured here) is great to have since they often include place settings, corkscrew, silverware, etc., but don’t let that stop you from hosting your picnic! A large tote or even a vintage suitcase are options that are both pretty and functional.

IMG_3916Create a Table:
Pictured behind the basket, we included a wooden bread box! This simple addition provides a table and double duties as a carrier for transporting your items to the picnic site.


The Wine & Cheese Picnic Menu:

A good rule of thumb when choosing your cheeses is to pick one hard cheese, a soft cheese, and a semi-soft cheese. We choose manchego (hard), brie (soft), and mozzarella (semi-soft). These three cheeses usually appeal to everyone, are not very strong, and pair well with a lot. Display your cheeses on small cutting boards, which will give a great presentation and make it easy for everyone to serve themselves.


For a crowd-pleasing wine, a fail-safe option is a rose’ or sparkling white. We chose Whispering Angel Rose’. With notes of strawberries and berries, it is light and easy to drink.


Although our wine glasses look fancy, they are actually plastic! We love the durability and elegance of Govino shatterproof wine glasses.


In addition to the wine and cheese, fruit will complement your pairings. Bring along figs, grapes, and apples as well as fruit preserves. Don’t cut your apples ahead of time as they will brown and look unappealing (the cutting boards and faux table will come in handy for this purpose!) A French baguette (or crackers) makes for a heartier, well-rounded picnic and it travels well.


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  • Reply Noelia Haggans October 14, 2016 at 2:48 am

    Hello would you mind stating which blog platform you’re using? I’m looking to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a hard time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique. P.S My apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

    • Reply Valerie McKeehan October 14, 2016 at 9:10 am

      Hi Noelia! We use WordPress! I hope that helps! Best of luck to you and Congrats! 🙂

  • Reply Sylvia Schiff June 29, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    I love the atmosphere of your picnic ! Where did you find your basket ? It’s beautiful ! Unfortunately I live in a warm region and I must carry the food in refrigerate condition and most of the time in frozen food bags. And if ever I display the cheese on a lovely wood board, you would have additional friends joining the picnic … Mr Fly and Mrs Wasp 😀 Yet I will download your nice check list and try to adapt it to my needs. ;D

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