When I was a child, I used to detest my initials. I used to get teased and called names like “dirty rag”, but as I grew older I realized the creative value of having those initials and began to use it to my advantage (someday I’m determined to own a VW Bug with the license plate “ragbug”) So, for my first post to Capitol Hill Style I decided to create my version of a regular post–“The Weekly RAG”. First, I want to share with you all one of the things I’ve been dying to do this summer: go to a picnic at The Hillwood Estate. Because of the recent heat and humidity I haven’t gone yet, but this has given me plenty of time to plan out the perfect picnic!
The first step to planning a picnic is to purchase a well-equipped picnic basket. While I have been lusting after the Wicker Picnic Basket from Williams-Sonoma, I also can’t get myself to justify spending $250 on a picnic basket. A more reasonable option is the Bahamas Picnic Basket Cooler Tote for 4.
This tote picnic basket is easy to carry, well organized and is insulated to keep all your goodies nice and cool in the summer heat!
The next step is to find a picnic blanket for you and your diners to sit on. Freshpicnic.com has plenty of styles from which to choose and most of them roll up and are easily carried away after your picnic is over.
Now it is time to prepare food for the picnic. Make sure that you plan the meal wisely because of the summer heat—be careful when bringing meat to a picnic to avoid any kind of contamination or a dip into the “danger zone” when bacteria can grow. When preparing picnic food I usually try to stick to a few options of salads (asian slaw, black bean and corn salad, etc…), some fresh vegetables for people to munch on, plenty of fresh fruit for desert and lots of cold water for people to drink. One of my picnic favorites is Food & Wine’s Shrimp and Noodle Salad with Ginger. The flavors are complex but not overbearing on a hot day, and I can easily find all the ingredients the recipe calls for at my local grocery store.
A picnic at such a beautiful estate like the Hillwood Gardens deserves an equally beautiful outfit. I love this sundress from ModCloth. The neckline and delicate patterned skirt will complement the fabulous meal you’ve prepared and make you look like the perfect picnic hostess. Just make sure you pack a Tide pen with you just in case you get any dirt on you or spill anything on this stunning white dress.
When you’re sitting out in the sun, if you’re like me, the last thing you want is your hair getting in the way. I usually end up pulling my hair up into a bun to keep it out of my face and out of my food. I like dressing up a simple bun with a decorative headband like this one. It keeps hair out of my face and fancies up what might normally be a boring bun.
Now all you need is a few friends, a sunny day and a grassy spot. Happy picnicking!