Fun Fact #1: The word "picnic" comes from the French phrase pique un niche.
Pique = to pick a place.
Niche = an isolated spot (or nest) where you could enjoy a meal together with your favorite people, away from the distractions & demands of general communal life.
Pique un niche morphed into pique-nique, which became an official French word shortly after.
Fun Fact #2: Today is National Picnic Day.
To be perfectly honest, the only thing better than a sunny spring day is spending that sunny spring day on a blanket with your favorite people and your favorite foods.
Fun Fact #3: No picnic is complete without a fresh salad.
(Bonus points if your salad includes some zesty herbal goodness.)
That said, it makes sense for us to feature Basil Leaf today. If you haven't tried this delicious fragrance, you need to.
Fresh basil pairs beautifully with ripe tomato leaf and watercress in this delicately complex spring fragrance, softened by sweet jasmine petals and finishing with savory notes of clove and fennel. (Yes, it's THAT good.)
We encourage you to get outside and discover the joys of eating al fresco as well!
Here are some fun tips from our friends at Western Michigan University* on how you can enjoy spring/summertime picnics in the most environmentally-conscious way.
[No one likes pests.]
1. Avoid bugs naturally with DIY natural bug repellent “candles.”
We love this tutorial from Shared. (hint hint... you can even repurpose your Kalamazoo Candle jars for this one!)
[No one likes a litterbug.]
Here are a couple tips to help avoid creating unnecessary waste at your picnic:
2. Create a reusable picnic basket set to reduce your waste/chance of litter!
How cute is this DIY basket?
Check out the super simple tutorial from Lovely Indeed!
3. Create your own reusable placemat/cutlery/napkin set.
Here's an awesome step-by-step guide from Craftaholics Anonymous:
Not a DIY-er? No worries, you can buy some pretty amazing sets online!
We love this adorable set from Saidonia Eco:
Or this set of To-Go Ware from Package Free Shop:
No matter how you slice it, National Picnic Day is pretty awesome.
Do you have any favorite picnic tips/tricks?
Tell us about them!
*A huge thanks to the WMU Psychology Department Behavioral Approaches to Sustainability Practicum, whose students compiled this awesome camping/hiking guide for us!