And so I took to the Internets to research. Of course. I had to start with finding the origins of the picnic. Wikipedia's definition is longer, but here's a shorter one that I liked:
The word picnic traces to the 1692 edition of a French book, where it was used to describe a group of people dining in a restaurant who brought their own wine. For a long time a picnic meant a meal that everyone contributed something to, similar to a potluck. Sometime during the Middle Ages, picnics became the enjoyable outdoor meals that we know of today. In the early 19th century in London, the Picnic Society was formed by a group of fashionable people for purposes of entertainment.
Then I looked into what others have done, and how. The Tokyo Picnic Club was a great find -- but maybe that's because I have a slight bent towards Japanese aesthetics. (^o^) I plan on incorporating their 15 rules into my own iteration.
And, keeping rules 7, 8, and 9 in mind, what's a picnic without food? Martha and The Kitchn have been my go-to's, from how to plan a picnic to picnic knives to picnic recipes. Pressed sandwiches, anyone? See Heart of Light's version here. Or how about a salad in a jar? Lots of new recipes to try out -- good practice for packing work lunches, too!
I've got dates and at least the first location in mind but am still overthinking the wording -- ironic especially because I want this to be an easy project -- and hope to get my invitations out to friends by early June. That's next week. Geez.
Summer Picnic Club 2010 is all I think about whenever I pass by a park, particulary these days, as they are verdant and abloom. I have talked it all up among some close friends, and DC is totally on board. So at the very least, there will be a few people -- I hope! Onwards with the planning!