Celebrating Earth Day with a Picnic for the Planet | Picnic Basket Giveaway

Picnic Basket on Grass, Gourmande in the Kitchen, Picnic for the Planet

Is there any better way to spend a beautiful spring day than to set out a blanket, open up a basket-full of food, and pour a crisp glass of lemonade while soaking in the sun?

These days we rarely make the time to sit on a blanket in the grass, to talk and laugh with friends and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.

Something magical happens when you combine good food, good company and fresh air.  The feeling of the warm sun on your skin makes you a little sleepy and more inclined to lounge unhurriedly for hours while filling up on food and washing it all down with cold glasses of wine.

Picnic Basket on Grass, Gourmande in the Kitchen, Picnic for the Planet

Whether you’re planning a picnic to celebrate a special occasion or just enjoy a beautiful afternoon here are a few tips to make the day even better:

Picnic Tips:

The Location:

Picnics can be anywhere; a grassy park, the beach or even your own backyard, be creative.

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The Essentials:

Remember to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.  Have one cooler for cold items, one for hot items and a picnic basket for everything else.

Pack your cooler in reverse order so that what you want to eat first is at the top.

Use frozen bottles of water to save space and keep the food cool along with ice packs.

Use cloth napkins and re-usable plates to reduce waste.

The Food:

Choose foods that are easy to eat and travel well.

Prepare just a few main items and pick up some olives, vegetables, fruit and cheese to compliment.

On a chilly day bring hot soup in a thermos.

For a no-mayo potato salad try these Potatoes with Crème Fraiche.

Honey Ginger Lemonade makes a refreshing drink.

Bite sized Fruit and Nut Truffles are a good choice for dessert.

Picnic Recipes Gourmande in the Kitchen

More picnic friendly recipes:

Flax Seed Crackers

Marinated Olives

Watermelon and Tomato Salad

Please join me and a group of friends and fellow bloggers in celebrating Earth Day this year by having a picnic for the planet.  What better way to celebrate the Earth Day than with a picnic?

Earth Day picnic for the planet

That’s just what The Nature Conservancy is planning with Picnic for the Planet, and everyone’s invited to join. Picnic for the Planet is a celebration of the Earth, the food it provides and the importance of making meaningful choices that are healthy for us and good for the planet.  All you have to do is have a picnic, somewhere in the world, on April 22nd.

And to celebrate the occasion we are each giving away a filled Picnic Basket (ARV $75)

Picnic for the Planet Giveaway Basket Gourmande in the Kitchen

Basket contains the following items: Collapsible Coleman canvas basket lined with gingham fabric, Picnic for the Planet water bottle, tee, blanket, and temporary tattoo, Reusable bamboo utensil set by To-Go Ware, Popchips, Peeled Snacks organic dried fruit, Green and Black chocolate bar, Back to Nature crackers and cookies, Burt’s Bees chapstick.

Required Entry: For a chance to win leave a comment here, whatever you’d like. For example, tell me what your favorite picnic food is.


The winner is Krissy Minter.  Congrats Krissy!

The required entry must be done otherwise any extra entries will not count.

Extra Entries:

1. “Like” Gourmande in the Kitchen on Facebook.*

2. Follow @gourmandeinthek on Twitter and tweet the following : Celebrate Earth Day w/ a Picnic & #Win a Filled Picnic Basket Worth $75 from @nature_org & @gourmandeinthek http://bit.ly/picnic12 #picnic12

3. Like The Nature Conservancy on Facebook.

4. Follow @nature_org on Twitter.

5. Follow Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen on Pinterest. *

6. Subscribe to Gourmande in the Kitchen updates by email, or subscribe to my RSS feed.*

PLEASE REMEMBER: Leave a separate comment for EACH of your entries or only one entry will be counted.

*If you already follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest and/or already subscribe to Gourmande in the Kitchen let me know as well, since this counts as an entry.
Giveaway starts on 4/16/2012 and will run until 4/22/2012 at 11:59 pm PST.


who are also giving away baskets this week.

Official Rules:
To enter leave a comment.
One winner  with a valid entries will be selected at random. I will email the winner and they will have up to 3 days to claim their prize or another winner will be selected.
One winner will be selected at random to receive one Filled Picnic Basket a $75 value.
The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.
Sponsors are as follows: http://www.nature.org
For more information about Picnic for the Planet and to host your own picnic please visit http://earthday.nature.org.


  1. says

    We love everything to eat, cold meat, salads and fresh fruit, but love the time we can spend together in the field . Love the basket and see how we go on a picnic with all the goodies in one picnic-busket

  2. mary fanara coleman says

    We love fried chicken, coleslaw, fruit salad and some desserts and oh lemonade.

  3. Thai lam says

    My work friend and I are always joking about having a romantic picnic on our work campus, we will definitely make this happen now!

  4. Ro'Chele A says

    I love picnics! Oregon and Pennsylvania have some great mountain views for the perfect picnic.

  5. Bonnie K says

    What a nice picnic package giveaway. I usually like to take sandwiches and salads on a picnic. I would usually pack a couple of choices for salad such as tabbouli and/or a mediterranean salad with olives and sun-dried tomatoes.

  6. says

    I love picnics, I love the laid back feeling of it and the mess. The only thing I don’t like about picnics are all those flies and bees around you trying to take a bit themselves 🙁
    My favorite picnic food are sandwiches and tea with milk .

  7. says

    we have a picnic every year in the arnold arboretum in boston for lilac sunday! it also happens to be mother’s day, so we pack up our baskets (not as cute as this one though!) and smell the lilacs and eat delicious food in the grass all day long! 🙂 happy picnicking to all!

  8. samW says

    oh this would be so much fun to win – my daughter LOVES picnics, doesn’t matter what we eat our where we walk to, just that we’re on a picnic!

  9. says

    Oh this is hard to leave separate comments… but here goes cause we are a picnic family and love them! Our favorite picnic spot is out in the sunny green vineyards outside of Nantes among the vines that produce Muscadet. Beautiful and so restful. Once in a while we picnic in the forest. And I love your picnic photo – très français!

  10. Cheryl Stoy says

    Fried chicken, hard boiled eggs, potato salad, cheese and wine.

    P.S. I already subscribe to the blog feed.