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Jul 8, 2009 10:57 AM

need help with ideas for summer picnic themed party

So i am having a party next weekend and need help coming up with some creative ideas. I am thinking like a picnic, farmstand type theme. So far I have a tomato mozzeralla and basil salad planned, perhaps some grilled chicken kebabbos, a fresh corn salad, and of course cupcakes (its my birthday!). Does any one have any other good ideas? I can always round it out with a cheese board but was trying to be creative and had a brain freeze. really anything goes as long as its summery and can be made in advance. The themed drink is Sweet Tea vodka and lemonade - yum. thanks

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  1. What about the watermelon/olive/feta salad? (

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Nice idea, watermelon with mint, feta is my favorite, but very close. Same idea. Love the cold melon salads.

    2. If you want to do the tomato/mozzarella/basil thing as an appetizer, I just served these caprese on a stick at my July 4th party. I used marinated mozzarella balls, fresh basil and marinated sun-dried tomatoes. Needless to say, you don't need the flag toothpicks!

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      1. re: valerie

        Caprese on bamboo sticks always looks nice and MMRuth's watermelon salad drips of summer. I might also have something zippy in the beginning like shrimp remoulade or a fresh salsa.

        With tart drinks I think you could have some lightly fried foods, too: catfish tenders with remoulade, crabcakes or perhaps summer squash pancakes with mint and yogurt.

        1. re: JungMann

          I feel like a broken record with this but regarding the salsa, this mango salsa is so delicious, easy and can be made a day or two ahead. And it is very summery.

          1. re: JungMann

            oh i love the idea on sticks! I am trying to keep things easy to eat so thats perfect

          2. re: valerie

            I do grape tomatoes, mozzarella balls and fresh basil leaves. I poke a tooth pick through the tomato and then marinade both in balsamic. Skewer all together and serve. You can grill too if you want but just fresh is great.

            1. re: kchurchill5

              Grape tomato, half a cumber round and a piece of feta for greek salad on a skewer. Serve with italian dressing (creamy or vinegrette) with some oregano in itl

          3. What about homemade popsicles with fresh fruit in them? It will be a nice simple frozen dessert outside of the birthday cupcakes.

            1. If you need a hot side dish check this out:

              The tomato, mozzarella, and basil salad sounds awesome and perfect for a nice light picnic!

              1. I've been having so much fun with slaws this summer. I love making them ahead of time to marinade and then pulling them out when I need them. My current favorite is a derivation of one one Smitten Kitchen, a broccoli slaw that I make with celery, almonds, currants and red onions, with a shallot, poppyseed and buttermilk dressing.