Gather your friends, your trusty picnic blanket, a good book, music and head on down to your favorite park before summer is up and don’t forget this Summer Picnic Party Platter for everyone to enjoy!
August is halfway over and I have just one really important question to ask you.
Have you been on a picnic yet this summer?
If your answer is yes, then we are good. If it’s a no, then you better get cranking, time is wasting away! I don’t blame you though, by mid-July summer got gross. We were getting along so nicely all through June and most of July and then that humidity switch was flipped and well you’ve been sweating it out with me.
Still though, it’s in my opinion that the summer is never truly complete without a picnic or two in the park, even better with a free concert in the background or fireworks in the sky. For a few hours, it’s about relaxing in a shady spot with your feet in the grass and enjoying a meal al fresco.
There are tons of picnic options out there but my personal favorite is to set up a simple summer picnic party platter of fruits, vegetables, cheese and charcuterie. Everything gets prepped at home and there’s a little something for everyone to nibble on.
I like to keep my platters simple too, mostly going with what looks good at the farmer’s market or grocery store. The key is to pick out what isn’t too difficult or messy to eat outdoors – it’s likely you won’t have easy access to a bathroom!
Wondering how much to bring? That’s easy, for charcuterie about 2 ounces per person and a 1/4 pound of cheese per 2 people but let’s be honest, it’s cheese you’ll probably eat more than that! Pre-slice your bread at home and anything else that might be tricky to cut while out and about. A handful of cutting boards makes arranging everything neatly on your picnic blanket and easier to eat than out of containers.
Of course, all this food means a beverage should be served. I recently discovered Izze Sparkling Waters and they are the perfect picnic accompaniment. As someone who doesn’t drink soda but loves sparkling water and seltzers, I pretty much always take a bottle with me when I picnic. It’s a little step up from water and Izze goes a notch above as a bold sparkling water with true-to-the-fruit flavors: Blackberry Pear, Mandarin Lime and Raspberry Watermelon.
What I love is that they add organic fruit flavors, it’s like summer in each sip, simply delicious and flavorfully bright! Being USDA Organic Certified means you are getting the good stuff too, all organic natural flavors and just a hint of organic cane sugar but I promise it’s not sweet at all!
This picnic platter is merely a guideline, feel free to add more, less or change out items listed below
- 1/2 pound hard cheese (such as manchego, gruyere, jarlsberg..)
- 1/2 pound soft cheese (such as brie or goat)
- 4 ounces Prosciutto di Parma
- 8 ounces salumi, sliced
- 1 bunch grapes
- 4-6 small apricots
- 1 pint raspberries
- 1 small bunch thin carrots, cleaned and peeled
- 1 pint heirloom cherry tomatoes
- 1 baguette, sliced
- Wash and prep any fruits and vegetables at home and package them up for a picnic.
- Pre-cut cheese or bring cheese knives to the park with you.
- Arrange on cutting boards and serving trays and serve with fresh sliced bread.
- Serves about 4-5 people
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As an added bonus, I’ve selected 6 of my favorite picnic ready dishes and desserts because this Summer Picnic Party Platter is perfect for an afternoon lunch or snack, sometimes you want a little more to enjoy during your day in the park!
- Spiralized Carrot Salad with Lemon Ginger Dressing
- Zucchini Noodle Peach and Watermelon Salad
- Mediterranean Tuna (salad or sandwich)
- Cumin Roasted Carrot Hummus
- Strawberry Marshmallow S’mores
- Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Sandwich Cookies
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What a great picnic platter Susan. So pretty and easy, and includes all the goodies! I had my first Izze Sparkling water this past weekend when we were up in Vermont peach picking in Springfield, and sweets picking at the bakery counter at King Arthur Four in Norwich. I had the Black Raspberry and it was delicious!
You know what? I HAVEN’T been on a picnic!
CRAZY RIGHT. My hubby and I are going away for a romantic getaway this weekend and this party platter would be PERFECT to get our picnic on! Pinned!
So you simultaneously make my mouth water and then tell me how to quench my thirst! Well played. 🙂
Summer picnics are so much fun! I love your summer picnic party platter – it’s full of yummy things, not to mention gorgeous! And I love IZZE too, especially their new sparkling water line!
Perfect platters, recipe, and I love Izzies!
ahhh I so DO need a picnic! and Michael would love Izze!
“for charcuterie about 2 ounces per person and a 1/4 pound of cheese per 2 people” Clearly you haven’t been around me and a charcuterie/cheese board 😀 Love drinking Izze
Bahaha! It was merely a suggestion and that would never sustain me either. 😉
Love this beautiful spread and all the great ideas for desserts! I’m ready to pack my picnic basket!
What a great looking picnic spread! This would be perfect for the Hollywood Bowl! We love picnicking while listening to music!
Picnics are the best and this platter is beautiful! I’m apparently in the minority never having heard of Izze, will definitely check it out! 🙂
I’ve never tried those flavored sparkling waters, but they look super refreshing! I could totally see myself sitting in Balboa Park with these sodas and that amazing picnic platter!