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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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cooking entertaining spirits recipes food & wine open house Bountiful Beach Picnics C L A R A S I LV E R S T E I N writer wine cellar ALEXSHALAMOV / DREAMSTIME.COM hors d'oeuvres set up a chair in the sand, close your eyes, and next thing you know, you're hungry. Too bad going back to the clam shack you passed on the way would mean interrupting a sand castle in progress, trudging up a steep dune, and sliding into a hot car. Unless you have the wherewithal to request a Downton Abbey-style picnic with a tent, a white tablecloth, and uniformed staff, you need to bring your own provisions to the beach. A menu that keeps preparation and clean-up to a minimum might never be worthy of a television show, but it should satisfy everyone in your group. We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 For food and packing ideas, we turned to local food and entertaining experts. They agree that whether you are bringing your family or inviting guests, the picnic should start with a relaxed attitude. The outing is supposed to be fun, and the planning should match. "So many people put pressure on themselves," says Tracy Cranley, owner of Pine Straw, a Wellesley store that sells many picnic accessories. "You don't have to make it perfect or spend a lot of money for something to be pretty, practical, and fun." 176

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