Last month I made a bucket list of things I wanted to do this fall. Having a picnic was one of them. Unfortunately, mother nature decided she wanted to join in on the fun too and rain on our parade. I had it all planned out; I would go out to a nice quiet area with some friends, lay out some blankets and just relax. The date was already set and invitations were sent out. After the rain and stress I thought my first fall picnic was going to be a complete disaster. I quickly looked for contingency sites, however, my building already had the club room booked as well as my photographer's place. I had even considered still being outside but in a sheltered picnic area. That was until we determined it may be colder out than we thought.
Luckily for us, our friend Alex saved the day. She had a penthouse/rooftop club room that we could use that had an indoor and outdoor facility--thus prompted our indoor picnic. Tyler got to run around with his dog friends while we all ate, played games like Cards Against Humanity (which Alex rocked at) and then some of us were glued to the TV watching the Orioles game. By some of us, I mean one. We couldn't pull him away unless it was to bring him food.
Since our little picnic was just an excuse to hang out any play games, I opted for a simple menu. A lot of the food that was served was gluten free which was great because my friend's girlfriend has a gluten allergy. We had multigrain, sweet potato and olive chips from Food Should Taste Good™. I made the chocolate silk pie which happened to be a hit. I still haven't entirely figured out the crust situation but otherwise it was pretty good. The main entree I brought were sandwiches! Completely mobile and packed full of flavor. You can't go wrong with roasted garlic, salami, mozzarella and basil. I got the idea from say yes.
A little decoration and variety can go a long way. Since we were indoors and not at a public park, everyone brought beers while I provided sparkling water and elderflower and rose lemonade. So, even it you run into inclement weather, you can still enjoy the feeling of being outdoors--inside. Or you can always hang out with people who don't care about getting a little rained on and have a picnic outside anyway.
[All photos credited to Jungfroid]
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