Need some summer picnic inspiration? You’ve come to the right place! I took some friends out to beautiful Black Star Sport Horses for a summery picnic. My gorgeous, fashionable, lovely friend Wendy Darling (not to be confused with my horse of the same name) and I shared a picnic blanket and collaborated on the design and food. Here’s everything you need to know to recreate this picnic, including recipes! Friesian horse and epic 260 acre horse farm not included.
Photos by Darling Photography
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Ah, picnic food. There is no shortage of picnic food to be found here on The Rose Table. My regular readers know that I would eat every meal outside if I could! Here’s the menu. Click on each to get the recipes!
Grapes (black and green)
Cucumber Tomato Dill Salad
Prosciutto & Cantaloupe Skewers
Chicken Salad on Croissants
Bacon Potato Salad
Cheesecake Mason Jars with Blueberry Sauce
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Wendy brought a bottle of Veuve Clicquot – she knows me so well! – and I brought a brand new label to try: Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore. The Prosecco Superiore pairs wonderfully with cantaloupe and cheese. It smells faintly of peaches and tastes like summer in a glass. I loved it!
Wendy has the most adorable carrying case for drink-sized mason jars. We filled half with water and lemon slices and the other half with cherry lemonade, strawberries, and lemon slices. The jars are great because they have lids with straws so you don’t have to worry about anything falling in your drink when dining outside!
You’ll need a picnic blanket, of course. I highly recommend taking outdoor pillows because frankly, it isn’t comfortable to sit on a picnic blanket for hours. I often take outdoors pillows when I want to hang out for long periods of time.
We took several picnic baskets and boards for serving. Yitchen recently sent me nearly their entire line of goodies and I’m obsessed with them. They’re high quality, gorgeous, and practical. The board the cheese is on actually pops out with wings that holds cheese knives and a wine opener. Love! Watch me open my Yitchen goodies:
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To up the glam factor, I love to take flowers on picnics. Short, sturdy vases are best so they don’t blow over in the wind. This gorgeous bouquet is from Dallas florist R Love Floral. Didn’t she do a wonderful job? I love the color combo and the vase is so practical for outdoor use.
Wendy wore a classic navy blue dress that was fit for the Kentucky Derby. I opted for a tried and true navy and white striped maxi dress and a cardigan.
My beloved Friesian was more than happy to pose for pictures with everyone. We actually picnicked in front of her pasture at Black Star Sport Horses but since it had stormed over night, I kept her in her stall to stay clean for pictures with everyone. If there’s one thing Wendy loves, it’s photo shoots! She was such a good mare for all twelve women. Shoutout to my wonderful dressage trainer Jessica Blackmon for teaching Wendy to be so patient!
Here are a few more candids from the day:
That’s it for now! I hope this inspires you to get outdoors and picnic. Tell me: what are your picnic must haves?