A Menu for a Mother's Day Picnic

A Menu for a Mother's Day Picnic

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Erika Tracy
May 6, 2015
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Mother's Day falls during the most beautiful time of spring, when it's just warm enough to be outside. Why not skip the gift this year and instead spend some quality time outdoors, with a picnic lunch?

A little relaxation is a simple way to pamper a mother of any age, but especially one with children still at home that keep her on the go. If you have a mama in your life — whether it's a friend, a partner, or your own mother — a picnic to share a few smiles and sunshine is sure to fill her heart right up.

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Making Memories on Mother's Day

Presents and pampering are still fine options for celebrating someone you love, but simple joy amongst your family is a gift like no other. It did, after all, take me an entire year to cash in on the massage from my first Mother's Day (it was still worth the wait!).

So try clearing the schedule for her up front. Strolling to the neighborhood park holding hands or settling into a shady spot in the yard makes an opportunity for the family to share time together. It leaves space for moms of little ones to enjoy a sit-and-watch session that will make for great Mother's Day memories and for husbands, partners, and older children to enjoy time with their leading lady.

The Best Gifts Are Simple

After all, what do most mothers enjoy more than seeing their family happy? Showing appreciation for all she does doesn't have to be elaborate. Celebrate with the things that matter to her.

If she enjoys flowers, gentleman and ladies of all ages can pick Mom a wildflower bouquet. Does she save all the school art projects? Draw her a picture or write a note as a keepsake. Even taking a selfie and printing a copy for the fridge will remind her of your time together when she's having a tough day (or the next time you don't clean your room).

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What to Eat

The menu doesn't have to be fussy. A delicious, finger-food favorite or something new for a little adventure are both great options.

Having access to some of the South's best pimento cheese is an easy cheat to make pimento, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches or wraps. As a bonus, pairing a selection of fruit with the spread and pita crackers gives little fingers and tummies something to enjoy, too. Adding some lemon to her water bottle is an extra touch well worth the effort.

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(Image credit: Erika Tracy)
(Image credit: Erika Tracy)

Dessert definitely ramps up any occasion — even a simple picnic. If you need a little inspiration, give Emma's Lemon Pound Cake a try or have the kids add the lemon glaze to a store-bought pound cake. Either way, it's sweet.

A Simple Menu for a Mother's Day Picnic

  • Classic pimento cheese appetizer, made into sandwiches or wraps with lettuce and tomato and perhaps a pickle or two.
  • Pita chips and extra pimento cheese
  • Fresh fruit, such as clementines, strawberries, and grapes
  • Lemon pound cake for dessert
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Picnic Packing List

  • Picnic basket or tote
  • Thick, comfy blanket
  • Cloth or paper napkins
  • Plates and bowls
  • Utensils (if necessary)
  • Water bottle
  • Portable speakers (if music is her thing)
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Crayons and paper or toys for younger children

A Day to Remember

Don't stress about getting all the details just right. For most moms, the thought truly does count. Often we push time for ourselves to the "maybe" pile instead of making time to slow down a priority. So your mom and your family may just be surprised how a little time in the sunshine with the ones she loves can fill her heart right up to the top. A few moments to sit still and reflect on being a mom and the joy her family brings to life (no matter how hectic or full of to-dos) might be just the perfect gift.

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