Sweet Summer Picnic & an Amazing Salad Recipe!

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I can’t believe its already been two weeks since we celebrated my mom’s birthday! We love to surprise her and do something special every year. This year we decided to have a birthday picnic downtown near the Riverwalk. We picked up some food from Trader Joe’s and I made tassel streamers. Here are a few pictures from our evening.

sidebySide ^^^^ Two straws are the new thing! :) ^^^^ Ok, they were so cute we had to use both of them. We got a bunch of fun summer drinks: Sparkling Fruit Water, White Grape Chardonnay (grape juice), Virgil’s Root Bear and Blood Orange Soda. My mom got to drink out of the crystal wine glass/goblet.

food Claire recreated our favorite salad from this Italian restaurant in Chicago. Even if you don’t like dates, they add a perfect sweetness, just shop them up small. Seriously, it’s so good! We also had a bunch of different cheeses, prosciutto, sour dough baguettes and lots of fruit. Goat cheese is my favorite! You can get a great trio of goat cheeses (pepper, original, and garlic herb) from Trader Joe’s. Here’s the salad recipe:

Ingredients: 
arugula
bacon
parmesan
medjool dates

Dressing:
olive oil + balsamic vinegar

streamersClose  ^^^^^My tassel streamers^^^^ Party decor is the best. Usually at home we do tons of balloons for birthdays. This year I tried out these tassel streamers. They were easy to make and fun to keep out all the time.  I’ll post a short tutorial on how I made them  later this week or next. They’re now hanging above my desk area.

picnic1It was a perfect day! We all agreed that we should have picnics more often.

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