EVERY DAY IS A PICNIC

This may be a little off-topic for a fashion blog, but what could be more au courant than lunch in the colorful splendor of the last days of summer? Chill the libations, pack lots of finger sandwiches and grab the checkered blanket . . . today we’re dining al fresco. Following are a few online resources to get you started.

General picnicking tips

Fave site the Nest offers six tips for the perfect picnic from choosing the spot to setting the mood. Jamie Oliver’s site goes a bit further, upping the ante to ten surprisingly good tips, including solid advice on when to ditch a picnic basket for more common sense equipment.

The menu

Finger-friendly food recipes are a dime a dozen on the Internet. We have rounded up a few of our most reliable resources offering, in total, hundreds of excellent menu ideas. Check out the best from Country Living, the New York Times, Real Simple and Mr. Food.

The equipment

Even with the perfect menu, you still need to look the part. Check out these two resources for outstanding picnic gear for all ages: Savuer give suggestion on how to picnic is absolute style while Apartment Therapy goes for a practical approach, never losing sight of what looks good.

The weather

Please, do yourself a favor. Check the weather – frequently. We love Weather Underground (Wunderground to friends).

Take some time this weekend and plan a little outdoor soiree. we’d love to see pics of your adventure, menu, gear or anything else you encounter. Drop us a line and fill us in on the details!