This post is sponsored by Bob Evans.
There’s one thing I’ve been wanting to do since the beginning of Summer, and that is to get some of our friends together for some conversation, crazy kid shenanigans and, of course, FOOD. I just haven’t been able to get my act together…and darn it. Summer is almost over.
Here’s the backstory: I have a little history with Bob Evans. My mom used to work there as a single parent (and she would even bring me to work occasionally), so you could say I have a soft spot for Bob Evans. So when they reached out to us here at TME, it just made sense. Um. Yes. I’ll host a picnic with Bob Evans!
All I had to do was text invite the friends, schedule an order on Bob Evans’ online ordering system (super easy, by the way), throw on an easy, comfortable outfit and then pick all the food up right before heading to meet up with everyone. I didn’t even have to get plates, utensils or napkins! I never would have hosted a picnic if I had had to actually plan the menu, cook and then pack it all. HA! That’s hilarious. (It never would have happened.)
Let’s be real – I can barely cook a legit dinner for my own kids on a regular basis, so…
top: anthro tunic (old), but just recently came across this long-sleeved Pintucked Lace Tunic (and I want it for Fall).
bottoms: BP. Moto leggings (wearing size Small, TTS) – my favorite for throwing long tops on with…comfortable and look good with all different styles of footwear. Basically, these are the bottoms for the busy, too-tired mom. *raises hand*
shoes: Sole Society Koko Sandal (on sale right now!)– great pair of everyday sandals. I like the Night Taupe, because they go with everything. TTS.
shades: BP. 55mm Round Sunglasses – favorite pair of s unnies. I have the black and Mauve…and wear them all of the time.
on neighbor (the one with a baby bump): striped dress from Old Navy, which Iooks like it’s no longer available, but she has been loving Old Navy’s dresses for maternity wear. It’s all very affordable and good for that short-ish period that is a pregnancy. I like this Boho Split-Neck Swing Dress, for instance.
You couldn’t have asked for a better picnic spread: biscuits, pulled pot roast sandwiches, fried chicken, roasted chicken, mac n’ cheese (which the kids devoured), cole slaw, veggies, banana bread, sweet tea, lemonade and PIE. Must have pie. That’s just a given…and stop. it. Delicious.
My poor hubs got stuck in traffic and couldn’t get there until we were already done eating (boo), but we saved him a heaping plate of literally everything. As he was walking up to our picnic blankets he said, “whoah. that’s a lot of food”. ha ha. It was. I mean, hey…if you’re going to feed friends a good, summer meal…go all out. Well, we were covered, with no thanks to me (and thank goodness for that).
The picnic was easy, it was yummy and there were leftovers that I was able to send home with everyone for their lunches the following day. HECK YES. Pretty much I felt like I rocked it…and I literally did almost nothing. Now, that’s my kind of picnic to host!
Thanks, Bob Evans for making so easy.
ps. Thank you all so much for your thoughtful feedback on this post. I read all of your comments and appreciate how much you all care…enough to let us know that this post hit way off the mark. Its not always fun to have your work criticized, but it does help me to learn and grow in this profession, so thank you. You have been heard & notes have been taken for future posts. 🙂 Cheers.
This post was sponsored by Bob Evans. I was incredibly excited to collaborate with them on this. I grew up eating brunch there and, like I said, my mom worked there to support us for a quite a while. It always makes me feel like I’m home every time I eat their food. Thanks, Bob Evans.
Photos by Christina Hussey Photography.