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Plan a Themed Picnic in May

Pictured: a fully stocked wicker picnic basket opened to show all the goodies.

Picnics are as much a part of summer as ball games, swimming pools, and summer camp. Today we are sharing some geographic-themed picnic ideas for members of our apartment community. Picnics can be very simple, or they can feature multiple courses. The main thing about having a picnic is to experience dining al fresco. Take advantage of our picnic area at Windsong Place Apartments complete with charcoal grills. Happy picnic planning!

Southwest Twist

Spicy with a variety of textures, southwestern fare makes for a great picnic, too. Pull together tortilla chips (pack them in a rigid container), salsa, and this fresh summer salad featuring tomato, avocado, and cucumber for a refreshing outdoor meal.

Austen Inspired

Go all out and indulge in a Jane Austen-inspired picnic, complete with a tablecloth and tea service. If the idea intrigues you, you’re not alone. Read how Anika Mehta pulled it off: How to Have a Regency Tea Party Picnic, in her blog, Hello Giggles.  Bite from the Past is the perfect place to find suitable picnic food for your outing.

German Goodness

Potato salad definitely has German roots, and it’s perfect to bring along for a picnic. Add bratwurst, some veggies, and dessert, and you’ve got a meal. Some other foods with a German flair to consider are spätzle (a cross between noodles and dumplings), pretzels (classic Bavarian), or chilled sausages paired with a side of sauerkraut. Don’t forget the dessert springerles — a classic German cookie flavored with anise — strudel, or a nice plum torte are all excellent options. Don’t forget the wine; check out these Wines of Germany.

Ole! Hello Mexican Picnic Food

Though not common, chili makes excellent Mexican picnic fare. Plan ahead to keep it hot, using a thermos, until you’re ready to eat. Another idea is to take along a portable picnic stove and warm up tamales or taquitos, which are easy to eat with your hands. Elote (corn on the cob grilled or boiled in the husk) is delicious with added condiments such as salt, chili powder, butter, or lime juice. Adding a salad featuring lettuce, beans, and of course, cilantro and avocado are a nice way to round out your meal.

Where is your favorite place to picnic in the Williamsville, NY area? Let us know in the comments so we can check it out too.