*This post is sponsored by French’s, a #NaturallyAmazing product. All opinions are mine.
My kids ask for a dinner picnic almost every single night during summer. And fall. And spring. So we try to have them as much as possible. There is something absolutely magical about sitting outside as the sun turns golden. Eating outside brings an entirely different energy to dinner time. It is much more casual and playful. And the food is always kept simple and fresh. This picnic set up shared through out this post, however, is a dream scenario. In our real dinner picnics, the blanket gets all wrinkled, plates get kicked over and there is grass. Lots of grass. Everywhere. This is what summer picnics would look like if my kids were robots that I could control with a remote control.
My robot children would willingly try all the wonderful and delicious foods that I love. They would not be afraid of things that sound a little bit different. They wouldn’t turn their noses up at lavender lemonade. They would drink it and be instantly transformed in to a wonderfully relaxed state of mind. They would never ask for soda even though they know they only drink it very rarely.
I am very lucky that my kids do, in fact, like vegetables. They don’t hesitate to grab them off a buffet table and never complain when I send them in their lunches. Up until a little while ago, my oldest son couldn’t eat anything with milk in it so he never really had anything to dip them in. We are very fortunate that he seems to have outgrown that allergy. For this picnic I made a delicious mustard dip. French’s mustard is, and always has been a natural food. What I love about it is that is adds SO much flavor. And it is an absolute essential for summer grilling. It is perfect with hamburgers and hotdogs but also delicious grilled veggie sandwiches. It also sort of inspired the color palette as well. You normally don’t think of mustard yellow as a summer color but I think these rich colors are perfect for the time just before sunset. French’s wants you to get inspired also. They have a new Pinterest page and it features other great ideas for #naturallyamazing entertaining and recipes for any occasion: graduation celebrations, picnics, summer BBQs, light lunches and more! You can follow them by clicking the image below!
My real family has recently started eating more salads. I’ve always loved salads so this has made me so happy. However, only my robot children would eat this cabbage salad. While the cabbage is really mild in flavor, the herbs would totally throw my kids off. I loved the bright flavors of the mint, basil and cilantro. And the lime sesame dressing had a touch of sweetness that paired with it really nicely. Robot children are the best, aren’t they?
I decided to keep the elements of this picnic really natural. I mixed wooden utensils with wooden plates and platters and recyclable paper containers for easy clean up. But since this was for pretend children who don’t break things, I used my fave blue glasses for a pop of color. In a real scenario I would probably use some clear plastic cups, nothing colored as I wouldn’t want to compete with this gorgeous blanket.
Succulents are a great thing to bring as decorations when entertaining out of the house. They are a really hearty plant and look great. I also like to use bright-colored fruits because they double as part of the meal and decoration. My robot and real children love cherries.
Eating healthier, more clean, doesn’t have to be boring. I look for ways to add in flavor to keep me the meals from tasting the same. I use a lot of fresh ground black pepper, fresh citrus juices and French’s mustard to add a wonderful savory tang.
This has been a tale of my robot children and this fantastical picnic we all enjoyed together. All the tips still hold true, just maybe not as a family picnic. Maybe your picnic won’t be as fancy as this one but French’s and I encourage you to bring some fresh tastes to your table this summer! Don’t forget to follow French’s for time-saving hacks and useful cooking tips as well as memorable meal ideas!
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