If you have been following along for some time you know that I am a HUGE fan of picnic dinners. If you are new and are wondering what the heck a picnic dinner is…well, it’s a picnic at dinner time.
Picnics don’t have to be just at lunch time. Dinner time is a great time to get outside with the family and enjoy a meal. During the week dinner time is usual the time families sit down together. Why not sit down together outside, enjoying some fresh air, great conversation and the sightss and sounds of nature. It’s also a great time to let your tykes run wild and get out all their crazy energy before bed.
Picnic dinners can be had almost anywhere. Have a picnic at the park, your own backyard or go for a nature walk or hike and find an appealing spot along the way.
A little while ago we had a picnic dinner in Arches National Park. Because it is so close to home we venture there often to get away from town, do a little hiking and enjoy family time together.
This particular night gave me the opportunity to use Eco-Vessels Smashbox, which I was excited to try.
The Smashbox is a silicone collapsible lunch box with a ‘spork’ (fork/spoon) that snaps into the plastic lid. It has two compartments to store your food.
(The containers with the green lid were my addition, not included with the Smashboxes. I didn’t want the potato salad to mix with the other food.)
When we arrived at the Garden of Eden in Arches we hiked a wee bit and then scurried onto a sandstone formation, which was a perfect place for a picnic dinner. We unloaded our Smashboxes with our food still in place and no mess (they seal really well) and watched the sunset while we ate.
(That’s the natural color of the rock when the sun is setting on it.)
When we were ready to leave and our bellies were full we collapsed the Smashboxes, replaced the ‘sporks’ into the lids and snapped the lid on top. Quick, simple and J-Man could do it himself.
We meandered back to the car listening to J-Man sing in the dusk and watched the sun set over the horizon.
Such a great picnic dinner!
To top it off, when we got home I threw the Smashboxes into the dishwasher and VIOLA – Clean! Could it get any easier?
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Have you ever had a picnic dinner? If not, plan one today! How do you store food for your picnics?