A tisket, a tasket, lunch in a (picnic) basket. Last weekend, Pinknic, a rosé-themed picnic and music festival, debuted on Governor’s Island. We skipped the festival and opted to host our own Pinknic. We are excited to color everything pink at Twinspirational’s Pinknic and share it with you.
New York City has many parks to enjoy during the warmer temperatures. We hosted our Pinknic in Madison Square Park. Madison Square Park is a beautiful park that is conveniently located in the heart of the Flatiron and Nomad neighborhoods. You can see the latest modern art installations, eat lunch and/or play in the playground.
If you want to host an activity in a NYC park with over 20 people, or you would like to reserve a specific area within a park, you need to apply for a special event permit. Permits cost $25 and require 21-30 days to process. Usually 2 lawns within Madison Square Park are open to the public in the summer beginning Memorial Day weekend from 9am to 10pm. We had a slight hiccup on the day of our pinknic. Since there was considerable rainfall the night before, all lawns were closed to those that did not have a permit. We improvised and hosted our pinknic on an open space near the Admiral David G. Farragut statue and fountain.
Here are some Twinspirational tips to plan your own pinknic:
Picnic basket: We researched A LOT of picnic baskets and selected the Picnic Time Canasta Picnic Basket. It’s beautiful AND practical as the lid can be used as a tabletop too. You can also get custom picnic baskets with all the picnic essentials for 2 – 4 people, but those can get quite expensive at over $100. If your guest list exceeds 4 people, then you won’t have enough coordinating tableware, glassware and silverware either.
Flowers: Inga of International Garden created our beautiful floral arrangements with pink alstroemeria and lisianthks.
Picnic blankets: We recommend the Camco picnic blanket. It is comfortable and folds up into an easy to carry bag with handles. Since it’s not pink, we used it as a base layer and then covered it up with pink blankets.
Cooler bag: We definitely recommend a cooler bag to keep your drinks and foods at the appropriate temperature. Our friend, Eleni, picked up an adorable Hapin cooler bag.
We started with a simple cheese board with brie, crackers as well as fig and apple jam.
We also served pink pepper hummus (shhh it’s just roasted red pepper hummus).
We also served open faced strawberry, cucumber tea sandwiches. Remember to cut the crusts and cut them into triangles, rectangles or circles.
We also served tomato, turkey, cheddar and spicy mayo tea sandwiches.
Paper Goods: We incorporated a variety of pink plates, napkins, cups and straws.
Drinks: We served lots of rosé, rosé sangria and pink lemonade. If you plan to make the rosé sangria, we recommend mixing the ingredients the night before so the wine and alcohol are infused with fruit flavors. It’s hot outside so don’t forget to bring bottled water too!
For dessert, we served pink chocolate dipped piroulines. These are easy to DIY and perfectly fit the theme.
This summer, take a pic(nic), it will last longer. Better yet, host a Pinknic. We had a memorable picnic with delicious food and cocktails without ever leaving our favorite island. Remember to check the lawn status before you get to the park!
I love the color pink. It makes a bold statement.Samuel Larsen