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    Default The Art of the 'Group Picnic' (no, its not an orgy)

    Many of Austen's novels use picnics and outdoor outings as scenarios where her main characters are able to steer one another towards greater awareness of their own hearts and opportunities to communicate in private (sometimes these chances lead to further misunderstanding or 'crossed-wires' which create comedy, tension and an air of anticipation).

    We, the readers, are also able to view the interactions of the characters in a more 'free' setting where they are not as restricted as they may be at a formal dinner or ball. This gives us a sense of intimacy and partiality to certain characters which of course aids in engaging us more deeply into their world.

    Recipe for Austen picnic:

    1. Group of 6-10 friends and acquaintances
    2. Scenic setting with areas of interest where small groups or 'couples' can venture to for purposes of adventure, romance or private conversation
    3. Two or three bicycles for adventurous picknickers who want to take some air (or put some distance between themselves and the group)
    4. A few blankets and parasols for the comfort of the group

    I'd like to leave this thread open for ideas of the best picnic food recipes for our resident Sociociders.

    Beverages - cider, champagne, juice, water (there shall be no ales or spirits allowed).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lily
    (there shall be no ales or spirits allowed).
    Fuck that.
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    Had one of those, well actually a few. Some of the more recent ones in Central Park and more of a BBQ type of thing on Sunday this week. (Though it was kind of bound to the house for obvious reasons)

    I have to say those events are always a great time to be had and they do give opportunity to bond or just mingle. The informal setting makes people relax and the food provides distraction if a conversation ebbs. The later it gets, the more people move together, sometimes for the cold or because they feel more comfortable.

    Important things:
    1) Enough food, nothing kills it more than not having enough food
    2) A great variety of said food, some people are picky eaters, account for that, they can ruin your day!
    3) Utilities like plates/napkins etc.
    4) A good mix of "people who know each other" and now folks
    5) Dessert, never underestimate the power of a good dessert!
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    Tell your mom she's invited to the picnic Steve (rude boy).

    I'll be serving Cherry Tomato and Ricotta puff pastries with a nicely chilled Moscato.
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    Are these specifically for the picnic, or for the resulting social arrangement? Because isn't this filled by cook-outs, hang-outs, fairs, etc? My old group of friends used to do this same thing sitting in front of the cafe.

    I suppose bars as well, but I hate those places.

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    Picnics are not 'fairs' where the lower class and carnies hang out. Cafes do not count. Nature is the thing here, bicycle riding, a game of charades all while lolling artfully on picnic blankets etc.

    No Austen heroine would be caught dead in company that could bring her into disrepute.
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    Don't confuse locale with activity. Nature might be the thing, but for many nature isn't as available as it used to be.

    In any case, games certainly should be there. I'm a mean croquet player, as well as card and board games of all sorts and sizes. Games were where my family's attention has always been. You get us together and we bowl, we puzzle, we roll dice, we shuffle.

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    My family vs. yours. You bring the napkins.
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    I know I am getting over competitive but can I bring my BJJ family and we do some kind of grappling competition?
    Oh and games are a bad Idea, I beat my girl in Wii tennis the other day (Did I mention I get competitive?) in quite a straight fashion, she was not happy for a while. But it was fun watching her, she actually jumps and strafes and all that stuff you should do.
    On the other hand, the guys kind of had fun playing Resident Evil chronicles and there was a significant "ohhh" when the first girl set out to drive home.

    Lets say games can be fun but be aware of the EGO!
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    Wrestling is for gentleman only and not to be done outdoors as if you are a commoner. By the way f4n4n, when you say 'BJJ family' do you mean you and your boy-friend Raz?

    Acceptable physical activities that ladies and gentlemen can participate in at a picnic would be croquet, archery, charades, brisk strolls, carriage races, bicycling, boating etc. Competition is encouraged in good spirit (no pulling hair, sulking and the like).
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