Dining Al Fresco: Picnics at the Pier

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DINING AL FRESCO // Styled picnic photo shoot at Jack London Square pier in Oakland, California

These summer months of warm sun and cool breezes (emphasis on the latter here in the Bay Area) have us reaching for more nights of dining al fresco. Our picnic supplies (which I've included a guide to below!) have seen the green grass and sandy beaches more this year than any prior. We've toasted many a Friday night with our shoes strewn across the park and, I find, the more impromptu, the better!

DINING AL FRESCO // Styled picnic photo shoot at Jack London Square pier in Oakland, CaliforniaDINING AL FRESCO // Styled picnic photo shoot at Jack London Square pier in Oakland, CaliforniaDINING AL FRESCO // Styled picnic photo shoot at Jack London Square pier in Oakland, California

I had been wanting to try a CSA box for a while, so hearing about Farm Fresh to You in the middle of the summer was practically poetic. They send you a customized box of curated fruits and veggies from local farmers. When my delivery came, I called my girls, grabbed a tapestry, and met them across the Bay for an evening full of laughs and dining al fresco. Carla mixed up a Basil Soda cocktail with her own box that really only encouraged us more. The smell of the water at Jack London Square and the ease of throwing together fresh seeded goods for dinner makes for one memorable night with friends!

DINING AL FRESCO // Styled picnic photo shoot at Jack London Square pier in Oakland, CaliforniaDINING AL FRESCO // Styled picnic photo shoot at Jack London Square pier in Oakland, California photos above by Carla | Alyssa and Carla // photos below by Kelly | K.L.P. CreativeDINING AL FRESCO // Styled picnic photo shoot at Jack London Square pier in Oakland, CaliforniaDINING AL FRESCO // Styled picnic photo shoot at Jack London Square pier in Oakland, California

*My go-to picnic supplies include:---unbearably cute picnic bags/basketshippie tapestries that go from wall decor to beautiful seating in a snapcutting boards for platesfresh fruits and veggiesthe sweetest of friends

*My basket is from the souks in Marrakech and my tapestry is from Jazz Fest back in college, but I've linked my picks if I were in the market today (and not heading to Morocco soon!).

DINING AL FRESCO // Styled picnic photo shoot at Jack London Square pier in Oakland, CaliforniaDINING AL FRESCO // Styled picnic photo shoot at Jack London Square pier in Oakland, California

I love the idea behind these farm boxes. They help keep local farmers employed and you get incredibly fresh produce delivered to you (or your husband's work because you live in the city and don't exactly have a 'doorstep'!). We tend to get picky when we're at the farmers markets and opt for items that we plan on eating that week. But, with the farm box, it was the opposite. We planned our meals around what we had previously chosen online and, in turn, got more creative with our meals! Sadly, half of my box was bruised and had to be thrown away, so our creativity was a bit stifled. I did get to save the pluot and can't wait to end my curiosity for the now trendy fruit!

DINING AL FRESCO // Styled picnic photo shoot at Jack London Square pier in Oakland, California DINING AL FRESCO // Styled picnic photo shoot at Jack London Square pier in Oakland, California

Have you tried a CSA box yet?