Are you planning a Picnic at the Pops this Friday evening? For the special July 1st “Celebrate America” program featuring favorite patriotic songs and post-concert fireworks, performed every year by the Charlotte Symphony? We are.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A picnic basket and/or insulated carrier – we’ve got several options for you to choose.
  • Cute blanket(s) and plastic dishes if they don’t come with – check out the slideshow below.
  • A nice spread of food to nosh on – we’re picking up Viva Chicken, because ~ any excuse. But Dean & Deluca or Reid’s are great options that are “on the way.”
  • Adult beverages, preferably wine, preferably rose. And lol check out our wine & glass grass stakes. Perfect.
  • A homemade and tasty packable dessert, because dessert is the most important meal of the day.
  • Something patriotic and adorable to wear, because ~ any excuse.

 

Picnic Baskets, Insulated Carriers & Backpacks, YETI and more:

Yeti Hoppers in three sizes, $299-$399

ONWARD RESERVE’S Yeti Hoppers in three sizes, $299-$399

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ONWARD RESERVE’S New Yeti Bottles in 18 oz (four cocktails), 32 oz (a bottle of wine), and 64 oz (growler of beer). $39.99-$89.99

Picnic Time Zuma Insulated Backpack Cooler - Black $29.99

TARGET’S Picnic Time Zuma Insulated Backpack Cooler – Black $29.99

Picnic Time Toluca Canvas Picnic Pack - Navy $43.99

TARGET’S Picnic Time Toluca Canvas Picnic Pack – Navy $43.99

Picnic Time Wine Country Tote - Tan $48.95

TARGET’S Picnic Time Wine Country Tote – Tan $48.95

Blue Insulated Picnic Basket - Lunch Tote Cooler Backpack w: Flatware Two Place Setting

AMAZON Blue Insulated Picnic Basket – Lunch Tote Cooler Backpack w: Flatware Two Place Setting

Picnic Time Piccadilly Picnic Basket with Service for Two $75.99

TARGET’S Picnic Time Piccadilly Picnic Basket with Service for Two $75.99

Target's Summer Picnic Basket Set - 10 pc $49.99

Target’s Summer Picnic Basket Set – 10 pc $49.99

 

 

Other Key Picnic Elements

 

 

Plus the Wine – rose’s from winestore

Pesquie Rose $11.99 bottle at winestore Morrison whispering_angel-rose at winestore Morrison Laflage Miraflors Rose $14.99 at winestore Morrison

Picnic Stix Wine Glass and Bottle Holder

AMAZON Picnic Stix Wine Glass and Bottle Holder

 

 

What to Wear to Picnic at the Pops

It’s the Symphony, so we like to gussy it up a bit. But you will be sitting on the grass in all likelihood so be prepared.

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KK BLOOM’S Peta Tunic- Senorita Bird $124, Quay Avalon Sunnies $55

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COPPER PENNY’S Sails to Sable dress $293, Set in Stone Design cuff $80, Ted Baker shoes $178

July 4th copper penny

COPPER PENNY’S Parker Dress $298, Hammitt bag $250, Splendid shoes $64

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McKenzie Claire – Love Shack Fancy Dress: $340 Annabel Ingall Tote: $415 Kristin Hayes Earrings: $42 Kristin Hayes Cuff: $88

MONKEES Joy Joy Dove Back Lace Halter Dress $98, Joie Nice Sandal $125

MONKEES Joy Joy Dove Back Lace Halter Dress $98, Joie Nice Sandal $125

4th-of-july-for the guys from Onward Reserve

FOR THE GUYS = Golf Visor – $29.95. The Mason Shaker – $29.00. Daniel Wellington Watch – $195.00. Onward Reserve Tailored Fit Button Down – $98.50. Onward Reserve Penley Tee – $29.95. Smathers and Branson Flip Flops – $89.50. Ray-Ban Wayfarers – $130. Smathers and Branson Needlepoint Flask – $65.00 Onward Reserve Piedmont Short – $75.00

 

Can’t Forget Dessert!

Every good picnic deserves a great dessert. Brownies are the perfect grab-and-go answer! If you’re packing these for your picnic, I’d recommend placing them in a plastic container and adding a piece of wax paper between each layer… that caramel is stickaaayyy.

Salted Caramel Pretzel Brownies by Puppies and Brunch

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DIRECTIONS

– Make a box of brownies according to the package instructions

– Let cool

– Spread with slightly warm caramel (see recipe below)

– Press pretzels lightly into caramel

– Refrigerate until cold

For the Salted Caramel

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons salted butter, cut up into 5 pieces
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt (more to taste)

Directions:

  1. Heat granulated sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly with a high heat resistant rubber spatula or wooden spoon.
  2. Sugar will form clumps and eventually melt into a thick brown, amber-colored liquid as you continue to stir. Be careful not to burn.
  3. Once sugar is completely melted, immediately add the butter. Be careful in this step because the caramel will bubble rapidly when the butter is added.
  4. Stir the butter into the caramel until it is completely melted, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Very slowly, drizzle in 1/2 cup of heavy cream while stirring. Since the heavy cream is colder than the caramel, the mixture will rapidly bubble and/or splatter when added.
  6. Allow the mixture to boil for 1 minute. It will rise in the pan as it boils.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon of salt. Allow to cool down before using.

Recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction