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My Beach Family Vacation Checklist

beach essentials

Whether it is for a business presentation or going on a family vacation, being organized makes your life easier and so much enjoyable. Over the years, I compiled a checklist of beach essentials filled with stuff that brings us comfort, protects from the sun and will not overload our car trunk. Whenever it is possible, I select double-duty items. I organized my checklist by purpose. Continue Reading

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Must Haves for a Picnic at the Park or in your Backyard

old school English picnic at the park

old school English picnic at the park
photo: Paul Raeside for Elle Decoration UK – August 2012 

The weekend goes hand in hand with a picnic. I love the old feel of this English picnic at the park filled with comfy textiles and pretty enamelware. Start by looking in your closets and your mom’s closets to find props to reproduce that look.

If you have the luxury of living in a calm backyard, make it more a retreat by positing a Bistro dining set under a large tree. It look so great in yellow. I feel in Provence every time I see a French Bistro set. I beat that it would become your ideal spot to drink your morning coffee, eat a late lunch or sip a cocktail before dinner. The best part is that it is an inexpensive look. I found these items on sale.

picnic in your backyard with a french bistro dining set
Fiori Melamine Collection $3.49 to $12.59 CAD on sale at Stokes | Glass Beverage Dispenser $69.99 CAD at Home Sense | French Bistro table and chairs $58.50 CAD on sale at Sears

Now that I shared my plan for this weekend. What are yours?

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Wanted: Fyrkat Picnic Portable Gas Grill

fyrkat portable picnic gass grill by Bodum

fyrkat portable picnic gass grill by Bodum

Statistics show year after year that ecommerce is less popular in Canada than in the United States. While it is true that Canadian consumers buy less online I would say that it is not entirely their fault. Many times, I must shop in the United States because I can’t find a Canadian retailer that sells what I want. These are missed opportunities for Canadian online shops.

The latest item that I want to buy is the latest model of the Fyrkat Picnic Gas Grill by Bodum. I want a compact, portable gas grill for when my little family goes for picnic. I have always been a fan of the Fyrkat Picnic Grill but I never bought it since it was a charcoal BBQ. Now that Bodum have united the look with the functionality I need, I am ready to buy. Sadly, I am still unable to find a store located in Montreal or at a Canadian online shop that sells the Fyrkat Picnic Portable Gas Grill with Propane Regulator. Even though I prefer the green one, I could settle for a black one.

My Call for Help

If you know a Canadian shop that carries the gas grill version, give me the information. Otherwise, I would have no choice but to give my money to the Americans.

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Must-Have for a Picnic: A Table-on-the-go

eucalyptus folding picnic table

eucalyptus folding picnic table
Table in a Bag on sale at $49.95 USD at Crate and Barrel

This picture illustrates my ideal picnic at the park. I love all the details. I need a folding picnic table like this to make my picnic more stylish and comfortable. People who bought it commented that the table is the perfect height for beach chair.

Update: Because of my post, my husband included the Table in a Bag table to my birthday gifts. Having a blog makes their life easy 🙂

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Winter Picnic for All the Family

outdoor skating party

family winter picnic :: as seen on franciskas vakre verden

Since last week, it really feels like winter here. Finally, the soil is well covered with snow. After I saw this nordic family picnic, I can’t wait for a warm winter day so we could go at the park and eat outside with Zack. To be safe, do not forget to bring some firewood to keep you warm.

winter picnic food presentation

I am in awe with this sight. What not to love with a setup made of the fur rugs, wool blanket and a vintage sleigh table?

outdoor skating party

Hosting an awesome outdoor skating party could be the perfect occasion to play outside and do a little exercise with friends and family. I absolutely love the way Kate from Beautiful Days designed her winter skating party in her backyard.

buffet table skating party

Here, she went for easy to eat, crowd-pleasing food. Since a skating party is usually held in the middle of afternoon, snacks are all you need to serve.

An idea to steal are the tubs full of skates. This way, nobody has an excuse for not skating.

winter picnic lunch boxes and supplies to bring

Even of there is no snow where you live, you could still throw a fun winter picnic. Simply load a big red cart with the essentials for a beach party in freezing temps. And do not forget to nicely pack the lunch boxes of your guests.

You can find more inspirations by looking at the winter picnic photo shots featured at Intimate Weddings.

SOURCING:
Winter picnic for the family at FrancisKas Vaskre Verden
+ Winter Skating Party at The Sweetest Occasion
+ Winter picnic and beach bonfire party at Design Sponge

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New Heights for a Picnic in the Park

picnic in the park

picnic in the park

Planning a picnic in the middle of a bike ride is a great way to spend an afternoon. This was the idea behind this picnic in the park. The remarkable Carrie bicycle basket by Design House Stockholm, used as a picnic basket, set the tone.

ice cream sandwiches for a stylish picnic

Other ideas to steal is how you can assemble on site your ice cream sandwiches. Keep your ice cream carton in ice bucket and make sure to secure the lid. You can bake your own cookies or buy some at a local shop. Bring a signature drink marks that this is a special occasion. I collect these glass bottles for occasions like this. You will find all the recipes in the magazine.

SOURCING:
+ Style at Home (Sept. 2011)  – photos by Edward Pond
+ Carrie bicycle basket $83 CAD at Designhouse
Carrie bicycle basket $79 USD at Design House Stockholm

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Eye Candy: Show-Off Picnic Food

picnic salmon croutes and asparagus

picnic salmon croutes and asparagus

With a long weekend both in Canada and in the USA, I thought that you might enjoy some inspirations for a picnic. Food presentation is everything. Transform a simple picnic into a wonderful affair by paying attention to the containers and the way you serve your meal.

show-off picnic food

It is cuter when the food is divided per portion. Wrap sandwich individually in greaseproof paper. Either pick a cocktail stick or tie it with a string to secure each sandwich.Vintage containers, like these enamel containers, add charms. Bring the crisps in individual bags. You will only have to toss the bags before serving to recoat the crisps with herbs and spices.

I can’t find you an online source for the recipes that were in the July 2011 issue of Olive. I subscribe to Olive magazine via Zinio. It is a British food magazine produced by the BBC.

SOURCING:
+ photos: Alistair Hendy for Olive magazine – July 2011 issue

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Etsy Finds | Vintage Picnic Baskets

picnic basket vintage woven wicker etsy

picnic basket vintage woven wicker etsy

From backpacks and totes, to mini kitchens on wheels – complete with insulated interiors and built-in MP3 players – picnic baskets aren’t what they used to be. Don’t get us wrong: we love modern kitchen conveniences and a comfortable shoulder strap, but sometimes stylish simplicity wins out.

To kick off outdoor eating season, we scoured Etsy for vintage vessels to pack our picnics in.

+ Above, an extra large wicker version with sturdy handles means you can pack enough to nosh all day. ($150 from Something Old Vintage)

picnic baskets vintage woven wicker etsy

+ Think insulation is a modern convenience? This large, dark wicker basket comes with a removable tin ice bin to ensure a chilled afternoon. ($50 from Collecting Carlton)

+ The warm woven wood and classic hinged lid on this classic basket is the of lazy summer days. Bonus: it comes with a second interior basket to organize supplies. ($49 from AM Radio)

picnic basket vintage metal woven print etsy

+ Love the look of wicker, but not as much as clean lines? This kitschy metal “basket” has the best of both styles. ($18.48 from Gingers Girl)

picnic basket vintage metal thermos wood grain etsy

+ A relic of the fab ’50s, this square-shaped picnic tin has a faux wood grain pattern and curved oak handles, with a sunny yellow interior. ($35 from Junk in Da Trunk Girls)

picnic basket vintage metal green etsy

+ My pick of the pack: an emerald green metal beauty that’s seen its share of afternoons in the grass. ($29 from Bird in Hand Vintage Home)

FOOD + DRINK FOOD presentation

Cute Presentation for a Rustic Flatbread

rustic flatbread

rustic flatbread

Whether you serve a homemade or a bakery bread, how you serve it could make a statement at a party or a picnic. I love the idea of wrapping pieces. There is no special skills necessary to assemble your own pile. And the best thing is that these are made with supplies you should always have at home.

You will find the Flatbread with Olive Oil and Sea Salt recipe on The Kitchn. If you never bake your own bread, flatbread is the perfect introduction to this fabulous world. And you will find a whole chapter on flatbreads in the Bread in 5 minutes a day cookbook series by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois. I owned both cookbooks.

SOURCING:
+ Flatbread with Olive Oil and Sea Salt recipe
+ photo by Rebekah Peppler for the Kitchn

USA [affiliate links]
+ Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day $14.77 USD
+ Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day $18.28 USD

Canada [affiliate links]
+ Artisan Bread in 5 Minute a Day $22.56 CAD
+ Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day $22.56 CAD

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Camille’s French Picnic Menu

French Picnic Menu

French Picnic Menu

Camille of Style Notes proposed a delicious, light picnic menu that would be perfect to rest on a park or if you are going on a bike ride. It is very French with a sophisticated cheese platter and tartines (open-faced sandwiches with a fancy spread).

rosemary roasted almonds and open-faced curried chicken sandwich

You can never go wrong with Brie with almonds and honey. I would add rosemary roasted almonds for snacks. I eat a small batch of almonds everyday. I love their taste and heath benefits. Almonds provide a good source of vitamin E (antioxidant), potassium and zinc. Researches have shown that nuts can help lower your “bad” cholesterol level.

You will probably want to follow Camille’s blog. I added her to my Daily Fab Reads.

+ Get the recipes on Style Notes