Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Celebrating International Picnic Day & the Picnic Game with the Muppets!

Picnic Game Update-June, 18, 2014: The 6th annual Picnic Game is well under way for 2014. We will begin choosing our letters at 12PM EST on June 18th, International Picnic Day! Come join in on the fun and don't forget to get those picnic blankets ready!

Here's the "kick-off" from last year's celebration.

Welcome to the Fifth Annual International Picnic Day Celebration
Can you think of a better way to kick off International Picnic Day? I sure can't! Who doesn't adore the Muppets, who doesn't relish a picnic? Put them both together and we get, drum...roll...please....Jim Henson's Muppet Picnic Cookbook!
"Hi-ho, Kermit the Frog here--organizer, maitre d' and spokesfrog for the incredible, once in a lifetime Muppets Picnic Cookbook!...My own personal choice is Swamp Salad, which brings back memories of when I was just a wee tad growing up among the lilypads."
"Hi-ya! Hi-ya! Hi-ya! These recipes are so good you are not going to be able to bear it. Get it? Bear? All right moving right along...Wocka wocka wocka! Here they are I copied them straight from my mother's Cookbook for the Cave."
And what would an International Picnic Day be without a few words, and a recipe from The Swedish Chef? Beats the heck out of me? (and google translator:)
"Yar bin erst in yammer-yammer de hoppen in yore verst de fligen."

Picnic Game 2013

Can you believe it has been 5 years since we started toting our baskets to the annual virtual picnic? My oh my how time does fly! What? You've never been invited. Oh no, that must change, NOW! Everyone is invited to plop a blanket down anywhere in the world and join in on the picnic fun. You can either bring a basket full of goodies or, you can join us on July 1st for the annual Picnic Game Round-up! If you're in a toting mood, it begins like this, I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing...I've got a better idea, since many of you have played the Picnic Game before, how about I just show this video I found on how to play the traditional Picnic Game:

Easy peasy, right? Let's sum it up. Basically, it's very simple. You choose a letter of the alphabet which matches the title of the dish you would like to bring to the picnic and post it on your blog.
The traditional memory game starts when one player recites: "I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing an ___."  (a delicious dish) that starts with the letter A; for instance Apple Pie)
The second player says, "I'm going on a picnic, and I'm bringing an Apple Pie. (the same "A" word(s) the first player used, in this case an Apple Pie) and ___." Here's where you add the B word like, Blueberry Muffins.

Each player recites on their blog what the person before is bringing and adds what they're bringing until we reach the end of the alphabet. Take a quick look at last year's Round-up posted in the sidebar and you should get the general idea. Of course, if you have any questions, just leave a comment or email me acalenda [at] gmail [dot] com. If you would like to see any of the previous totes from the past years, I have a Pinterest Picnic Game board you can visit too.
1. Since this is a virtual picnic game, Anyone, Anywhere can play. I do request that recipes be posted in English or have easy access to translation.

2. Choose your letter but don't take too long. The "easy" letters seem to go pretty quickly. Leave a comment on this post with the letter you have chosen. For instance, if you want to bring a dish to the picnic, that begins with the letter "A," your comment must be left before another person chooses that letter. We can only have one letter of the alphabet for each dish.  Note: If you would like to choose a backup letter just in case your chosen letter is taken, that would be GREAT too.

3. I will let you know if you can bring your dish to the picnic by leaving a You're Invited! comment on your blog. "You're Invited" will be your signal to grab a copy of the Picnic Game logo above and prepare a post for the Picnic Game Round-Up. Now, here's the difficult part. Since the Picnic Game is listed in alphabetical order, you may feel a bit like a contortionist trying to get your post up while still leaving room for the letters and delicious looking images that will be preceding yours. Just make a mental note and it should all work out fine. I'm always here for any questions and once we get going, I'll have many samples to show you I'm sure:)


1. Select a recipe that begins with your chosen letter and write a post about it on your blog. You must list what the people before you are bringing. That's why it's called the Picnic Game! I will email you with those links and images, as soon as they are emailed to me.
2. Include the Picnic Day Logo in your post with a link back to this post.
3. Email me at acalenda {at} gmail {dot} com (it would be really nice of you to include Picnic Game in the subject line) In the email please include the following.

a. Your name
b. Your blog's name
c. Your post URL
d. The name of your recipe
e. An image of your dish and also let me know if you give me permission to pass the image along to other picnickers and whether you mind if it is included on Pinterest.

4. If you would like to bring more than one dish to the picnic, you are more than welcome. Just note it in the email and include items C-E for each additional dish.
5. Please email me as soon as you know what you are bringing so I can forward your link to the other picnickers. Please no later than Friday, June 28, 2013, midnight EST.
6. I will be posting the entire list of Picnic Game recipes by midnight July 1st just in time for National Picnic Month! If for some reason, there are not enough entries by that time, I'll do my best to fill in the blanks.
7. If you would like to host the Picnic Day Game on your blog, and get your visitors involved, be my guest. The more the merrier. Just let me know. (this would require another set of picnic letters from A-Z and a bit of enjoyable work on the part of the hostess:) We'll "link our picnic "blankets" together:)
8. I'll be doing blog updates with available letters and such during the course of "playing."
So, are you ready to play the Picnic Game? Choose a letter, leave a comment and let the toting begin!!! The Muppets are waiting:)

If you  the Picnic Game, please use this hash tag #picnicgame.
Jim Henson's Muppet Picnic Cookbook was published by Hallmark Cards, Inc. in 1981. All copyrights belong to their respective owners.