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Monday, July 1, 2013

Welcome to the Fifth Annual International Picnic Day Celebration in honor of National Picnic Month

Hi everyone! Welcome to the fifth annual International Picnic Day Celebration!

Those of you who are just arriving, let me show you around. Here you will find a gathering of dishes from across the world in hope that you will scatter your blankets about and join in on the fun.

For those of us who live in the U.S., July is National Picnic Month. However, way back in the middle of June, a group of picnickers from across the world began celebrating International Picnic Day by choosing letters of the alphabet in preparation of our annual virtual Picnic Game. You will learn more about the Picnic Game as you tisket and tasket your baskets from blog to blog. Today we share in the fruits of our labor. enjoy

A-Aloo Gobi

Toted by Mae

although mae was going to be abroad while we were planning the picnic game this year, she didn't want to miss out on the fun:)

B-Blueberry Cucumber Salsa

Toted by Chan

I asked Channon if she would bring her "girls" to the picnic once again this year. she was more than happy to tote something they too could enjoy:)

C-Crispy Curry Fried Chicken

Toted by Joyce

Joyce is a picnic game player from way back. when we were stumped for the letter zee, joyce rose to the challenge. she also brought two other dishes for us all to enjoy. yes, three in all!

D-Dying for Chocolate Chocolate Cake

Toted by Janet

Janet is a veteran picnic game guest. For our first picnic Janet brought along, Chocolate Cherry Pie:) she has been promoting the picnic game on twitter tirelessly.

E-Eton Mess

Toted by Tina

looking for goodness in simplicity. tina is your girl:)

F-Fish-In-A-Jar

Toted by Heather

Heather has been playing the Picnic Game since 2009. Her first basket treats were Warm Sweet Potato Biscuits

G-Golden Pillow Hee Ban

Toted by Kristy

Ah kristy. Kristy was instrumental in my decision to play the picnic game once again this year. when I told her I was thinking of bowing out for personal reasons, she offered to hold the annual picnic over at her place. Thank you, Kristy:)

H-Hummingbird Cake

Toted by Ginger

Ginger is new to the Picnic Game. Give her a big warm welcome:)

I-Ice Cream Sandwiches

Toted by Inger

Inger would not settle on any ol' ice cream sandwiches for the picnic game. failure was not an option!

J-Jersey Hot Dogs

Toted by Nee

Nee was so excited to join us for the first time that she whipped up two picnic baskets treats. Can you find her other goodie?

K-Kahlua Mocha Ice Cream

Toted by Joyce

L-Light & Soft Japanese Cheesecake

Toted by Lena

lena is always an inspiration at the picnic game. she is also a stickler for perfecting her cheesecake:)

M-Ma’moul

Toted by Kathy

leave it to kathy to remember the cookies! last year's Limoncello Biscotti were a huge success!

N-Nettle Quinoa Tart

Toted by Kit

last year kit was so worried about being late for the picnic, of course she wasn't last year or this:)

O-Oriental Pasta Salad

Toted by Chaya

Chaya is always willing to lend a helping hand. She too contributed two dishes to our picnic basket.

P-Pan de Mango

Tote by Chaya

Q-Quinoa Pizza Balls

Toted by Johanna

johanna always worries about being late for the picnic. she wasn't taking any chances this time. she chugged right along:)

R-Rainbow Connection Cupcakes

Toted by Yummy

yummy was inspired by the Muppet Picnic Cookbook I posted for international picnic day; june 18th. she got me to thinking that perhaps next year we should have a theme based virtual picnic game. what do you think?

S-Strawberry Yogurt Ice Cream

Toted by Gloria

gloria's enthusiasm for the picnic game is absolutely contagious. when I was undecided about playing the picnic game this year, for personal reasons, gloria sent along all her support in favor of going for it! she also toted two dishes. check out the letter vee:)

T-Telosma Cordata Eucheuma Jelly

Toted by Ivy

Ivy, another newcomer to the picnic game, was more than happy to make sure we had two healthy doses of goodness at the picnic. see the letter y:)

U-U-Never Fail Cheesecake

Toted by Zoe

Zoe changed up the title of her cheesecake when we realized we had two letter ens. quite fitting as you will see:)

V-Vanilla & Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Toted by Gloria

W-Watermelon Sorbet

Toted by Nee

X-Xtra Good Walnut Apple Cake

Toted by Cheah

the letter x is usually difficult to tote to the picnic game. cheah, a new comer to the picnic, came up with this solution. Not bad huh?

Y-Yakon Kelp Soup

Toted by Ivy

Z-Zucchine in Padella con Aceto e Peperoncino

Toted by Joyce

Each and every year that I host the virtual Picnic Game here at Months of Edible Celebrations, I am astonished by how the rhythm of planning and deciding pulsates across the world. Then the worrying begins; will Aunty Sally be late again, I wonder how little Bertha is getting along after her injury. Should I bring A: my trusty "go to dish" or B: should I surprise everyone with something new and perhaps create a picnic tradition.

In every sense of the word, our picnic is a gathering of community encompassed in sharing and caring. Whether it be up "close and personal" or virtual, it doesn't matter. And that in itself just proves that harmony is the key:)

Thank you all for celebrating the spirit of picnicking with us. We loved having you and we truly hope you enjoy our smorgasbord of goodies. Louise

If you would like to save the Picnic Game goodies to your Pinterest boards, please pin from the source. Due to circumstances beyond my control, the Picnic Game Music from Playlist had to be deleted. It seems they changed their website beginning July 1st. So sorry:( Thanks, Louise

60 comments:

  1. Hi Louise,
    This is indeed an excellent picnic for bloggers from all parts of the world to gather. Have been hopping from blanket to blanket to have my plate filled and refilled! Wow, I think I need to go on diet for a month after this picnic. All the dishes are so tempting and yummy, and it would be a disgrace if I go on diet at this wonderful picnic. Louise, thanks so much for hosting this picnic game and it is also great to meet all wonderful friends at this picnic. Do enjoy everyone and happy picnicking :)

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    1. Oh I forget to tell you Ivy, no dieting allowed, lol...I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself at the picnic. it was wonderful having you join us! Start planning for next year:)

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  2. A wonderful roundup! Everything looks fabulous and mighty scrumptious.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Thank you Rosa. It was really a fun time and the food was delicious!

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  3. Hi Louise,
    WOW! A wonderful picnic spread! I am going to each and every blanket for a delicious treat! Everything looks so perfect! Isn't it great, how a picnic such as this, brings all of us from different corners of the world, come together to have fun! And make new friends too!
    Thank you, dear Louise, for organizing this fun picnic. Cheers!

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    1. It really is quite special how everyone can come together for such a glorious picnic and just chill, Joyce. Thank you so much for all that you contributed. Everything was so, so, good!

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  4. Hi Lousie ,
    Everything looks so yummy ... I am hopping from blanket to blanket and like Ivy ... I will have to go on a diet {MAYBE} :) love the music now on to blanket hoping ... be back soon . Thank you for being such a gracious host .

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    1. I must remember to tell everyone next year that there is no dieting on this picnic Nee, lol...Thank you so much for joining us. It was wonderful "meeting" you and your delicious blog:)

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  5. As always, a FABULOUS spread, Louise! You are indeed the Picnic Queen! I'll take a helping of Blueberry Cucumber Salsa, some Hummingbird Cake and a few Rainbow Connection Cupcakes! What?? No protein?? Guess I'll just have to return for a second tasting!

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    1. Awe gee, thanks, T.W. I do hope you came back for seconds and even thirds. There was more than enough to go around. Hopefully next year you will be able to join us again.

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  6. I totally love the picnic game! Loads of good stuff for me to explore over the next few days. Everybody outdid themselves - looking forward to drooling over all the recipes. ;-)

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    1. Thanks John, it sure is fun hopping from blanket to blanket, and "drooling" all over them, lol...

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  7. You got so many wonderful entries! As time permits, I'll have to stop in and visit all of the brillliant entrants (including the letter Z, about which you were so fearful...) Happy Independence Day; it will be a wonderful picnic indeed!

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    1. I guess it's pretty natural to get a bit nervous about the dishes, Marjie but, it sure did work out just duckie!! We'll be looking forward to "seeing" you next year.

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  8. what lovely Picnic game!
    all these meals look delicious I love the ma mouls and walnut apple cake but I tempting by the wstermelon Ice cream! and I will try these quinoa balls all look delicious.Thanks for hostes agsin dear Louise is alwsys fun shari.ng a pic nic with you and all the dears to come here:))

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    1. Thank YOU, Gloria. Your enthusiasm and encouragement were a huge incentive! I can't wait until next year already!

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  9. Dear Louise, This is just great! It is fun to go through these wonderful picnic treats. It really is summer at its best. Thank you for hosting this lovely event. Blessings friend. Catherine xo

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    1. Thank YOU Catherine. It really is such fun! I'm still going back for seconds, lol...

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  10. This would be the ultimate picnic, all the food looks utterly perfect :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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    1. Thanks Uru. Maybe next year you will squeeze in some time to "play."

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  11. Hi Louise, thanks for dropping by my blog. Unfortunately I can't locate the Kueh Salat. Kindly point me to the right direction. Cheers

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    1. I hope you found it, Edith. I think Kristy had it. I sent you her link. Thanks for stopping by. Drop in anytime. And, Good luck!

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  12. Hi Louise,

    Thanks for organizing this! It is fun being part of this international picnic :D

    I can see that you are getting ready for 4th July celebration with stars, blue and red background.

    Btw, the picture of my cheesecake in your list is actually the one that had failed :p You don't have to make any changes. No worries :D

    Zoe

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    1. Dear Zoe,

      I'm so sorry I posted the wrong picture. They both looked so good and I was in such a rush to get to the picnic I must have picked up the wrong one. Do forgive me. I will try to fix it:)

      I chose the background more because it looked like a tablecloth but now that you mention it, it does look festive enough for the 4th of July!

      Thank you so much for joining us Zoe. You did GREAT and I do hope you will join us again!

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  13. These all look so delicious! I wanted to participate this year, but even after your reminder, it completely slipped my mind! I'm kind of a doofus like that. Anyway, as always, great picnic. :)

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    1. Thanks Stephanie. I have made a note to remind you again next year. And next time I will be more diligent!

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  14. Hi everyone, I've already kept some to my containers to bring home with me. So what about you guys??? Just so much fun. Hope you guys are enjoying the food as well. Thanks Louise for the invitation.
    Blessings, Kristy

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    1. Everyone really seems to be enjoying the food Kristy. Who knows, maybe next year we'll be having two picnics. One at your place and one here!

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  15. Thanks Louise (and everyone) for another great picnic! I got on the scale this morning and... oh dear, it's good these are only once a year!

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    1. Like I told the others, Inger, there is no dieting allowed at "our" Picnic! The D word is not in this alphabet!!!

      Thank you so much for joining! We really did have a GREAT time!

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  16. congratulations on another successful year of the picnic game, Louise! As i was scrolling down the post, i sort of feeling the excitement and the spirit of everyone's taking part here. It is a wonderful feeling to be part of the game, now i shall find some time to visit my fellow picnickers! thanks again, Louise!

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    1. Th enthusiasm does seem to build while hopping from blog to blog, Lena. I find it all so incredibly amazing. If I weren't laughing so much, I might just break into happy tears:) Can't wait until next year!

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  17. Great fun and still visiting there ar pleanty goodies left ... I will have plenty of time for the next one ... what a great group of lovely people we are :)

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    1. That's what so great about a virtual picnic, Nee. The food never goes bad, the people are always friendly and there's always enough for everyone! Thank you so much for joining us and for sharing your delicious blog!

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  18. Louise, Thanks so much for hosting yet another fabulous and successful picnic! It was fun and the food was incredible!!

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    1. It sure was Kathy! And your Ma’moul were a huge hit!

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  19. this is a can't-miss picnic to be sure!

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    1. Thank you Grace. We're so glad you enjoyed it. Maybe next year you will join us and choose a letter too!

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  20. I simple love the tablecloth background, Louise! Clever girl.
    Always fun to see who brings what to the picnic table....

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    1. Thank you Barbara. It took such a long time to find just the right background. Of course, you would notice because you design some gorgeous table settings!

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  21. Thanks for hosting us all again, Louise. The girls will have a great time visiting with everyone; we'll do that together this evening and tomorrow!

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    1. I saw you and the girls jumping around from blanket to blanket, Channon. It sure did seem like the three of you were having a grand old time. Did you bring some food home for the Knight?

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  22. This was an incredible amount of organization on your part, louise. WELL DONE!!

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    1. Thanks Tina. It was fun and everyone was more than cooperative, which makes it so much easier!

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  23. Ah how fun! =D Welcome to all the new arrivals this year, I wish I could participate too. next time. ;)

    I have never seen these Golden Pillow Hee Bans before, Exciting find here!

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    1. So glad you found something you never saw before, Helene. Weren't they delicious to feast your eyes upon? Maybe next year you too will tote something.

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  24. Beautiful picnic and delicious food!

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    1. Thank you Katerina. We all had a wonderful time!

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  25. Best picnic ever! Have a wonderful holiday, Louise. Blessings...Mary

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    1. It was a wonderful picnic Mary but we sure did miss you. Next year I will be announcing it earlier so everyone has time to schedule.

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  26. I'd go to that picnic and I'd barely be able to waddle back home. :)

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    1. No to worry Maureen. We'll carry you!

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  27. So much delicious food Louise! Makes me sorry I missed it - I'm glad it was a big success! Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Everything really went well this year, Reeni. And yes we did miss you! Next year I'm going to announce the Picnic Game at the beginning of June so everyone has time to schedule. Hope to see you there!

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  28. I wasn't late with my picnic but I am late with my comment - love the picnic - so much lovely food and so much good cheer - so glad I could take part

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    1. That's just it, Johanna, you can never be late for this Picnic. It's an never-ending time of good food and cheer! so glad you joined in on the fun!

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  29. Another year, another amazing picnic! Thank you for putting it all together, Louise! :)

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  30. What a wonderful picnic! I'm so sorry to have missed it and would love to be part of it another time.

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  31. You didn't miss the picnic really, Mich. Just look at this spread! However, we'll be sure and search you out next year so you too can bring a letter to the Picnic Game!!!

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise