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Tuesdays Tip of the Day: It’s Picnic Dinner Time (with a Smashbox)!


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.

I loaded our Smashboxes up with homemade chicken salad sandwiches, veggies and potato salad. I snapped the lid on, packed them into the bag and we headed out for our picnic dinner.

(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?


Eco-Vessel is offering 10% off your order this week with code: TYKES. Head on over to Eco-Vessel.com to get a Smashbox! Code valid 5/22/12 through 5/27/12


Have you ever had a picnic dinner? If not, plan one today! How do you store food for your picnics?




  1. Love picnic dinners! I’m going to have to look for the smashboxes. I usually have separate containers and then we bring our camping plates/forks. Works great but if I could divy it out before hitting the trail that would be nice.

    • The Smashboxes will definitely make your life easier. Everything is prepared and ready to go when it’s time to eat. 🙂

  2. My kids love picnics– what kid doesn’t? So glad summer is here. We have picnic lunches several days a week, while on our adventures. I haven’t seen the Smashboxes. Very cool.

  3. We love picnics, too! I think I need those Smashboxes. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • The Smashboxes are pretty cool and definitely great for picnics. Let me know if you end up getting one and what you think.

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