Birthday Boating

Happy Birthday to my husband! I wish we had the whole day off to spend together, but alas there is that thing called work. Since we weren’t able to spend today celebrating, we made the most of a perfectly sunny, blue sky weekend and had a little birthday party on the boat.

For once, I actually planned the food for our boat outing instead of leaving it to dips and chips alone.

The spread included a creamy avocado dip with crackers and carrots. The dip recipe will be coming soon!

avocado dip

We also had sopressata with crackers and baguette slices


And Caprese salad skewers, a simple arrangement of mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil on skewers, drizzled with EVOO and seasoned with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

Caprese skewers

The weather cooperated for us quite well, with hot temperatures on the shore, and cooler, but still nice and warm out at sea. A shiny black seal swam around us for some time, pretty much making my day.

boating in Boston

Did you know that Harpoon Summer comes in cans? They are adorable!

Harpoon Summer

We ate our spread while anchored off of Grape Island and Hingham Harbor. It was a perfect, calm spot to chow down on the food we brought as well as the chicken salad sandwiches our friends brought.


We didn’t have to come back to the dock until almost 9:00 and there was still a little bit of sun; I love that summer light! It was a beautiful, smooth ride back in and a perfect, calm day for us novices to be on the water.

boating in Boston

The cherry on top? Strawberry pie, of course. Winking smile

What are your favorite easy picnic foods?

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Tags: Boston, entertaining, Food, summer

  1. Elizabeth’s avatar

    What a great way to spend a birthday!


  2. Daisy’s avatar

    Happy Birthday, Eric! I found Harpoon Summer in cans last summers and was pretty obsessed! You reminded me I need to hunt some down.


  3. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    Happy birthday to your husband! That is seriously my perfect picnic spread!


  4. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    Happy birthday Eric! My favorite picnic food is cheese :)


  5. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    Happy Birthday to Eric! Looks like a relaxing evening.


  6. Eric King’s avatar

    I have the best wife ever – and on tough days I can come back to this blogpost and remember that all is good – its just a tough day – and it too shall pass.

    - thank you for all the well wishes everyone –



  7. Michelle’s avatar

    Aw, I just read Eric’s comment and it is so sweet! Happy birthday to Eric!


  8. Megan’s avatar

    Happy Birthday to Eric! This sounds like a fun spread. I like to bring things like chicken salad or cheeses and meats for picnic spreads too.


  9. Michelle Collins’s avatar

    The avocado dip looks great, and I love the idea of those simple skewers!


  10. Erica’s avatar

    Looks like a fantastic day – love the Harpoon cans. Great spread for the day


  11. !Bridget’s avatar

    Happy Birthday to your hubs! What a beautiful day on the boat! All the food looks delicious too! What a great birthday :)


  12. Charlene’s avatar

    Happy belated birthday to your husband! He and I share the same birthday! Looks like you guys celebrated well – all your food looks delicious. I didn’t know that Harpoon Summer comes in a can – I’ll have to look out for those!


  13. alicia’s avatar

    Happy Birthday Eric – what a gorgeous day for a birthday – I make a skewer appetizer similar to the one you featured….I sometimes include cold, cooked tortellini!


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