If you’ve traveled by plane recently, you’ve surely experienced the limited array of snacks offered by some airlines. . .
In spite of these limited options, why do we still look forward to seeing that beverage cart? Maybe it’s because we’re bored and the anticipated visit from a friendly flight attendant is welcome. Maybe the process of deciding which beverage or snack helps us to pass the time. Maybe we’re really thirsty? Or maybe it’s just because we really like those little salted peanuts.
Speaking of peanuts, remember Ellen Degeneres’ 1992 stand-up routine when she talks about airline travel and our anticipation of the approaching beverage/snack cart? It went something like “Here comes the cart! I have to put my tray down so I’ll be ready!” Finally, our turn comes and the flight attendant hands us a tiny bag of peanuts (comprised of 6, to be exact) – something that, if offered to us on the street, we would probably refuse, but for some reason, we think they’re delicious at thirty thousand feet.
These days, we never know what we’ll get: a sugary cookie, a granola bar, a 9-piece package of Cheez Its. I don’t like to leave my snack options to chance, so I usually tuck treats in my purse. But a few years ago, my husband and I took our treat-toting to a whole new level while traveling to California for a friend’s wedding. . .
As soon as the flight attendants started heading down the aisle with their carts, I started unpacking my carefully-wrapped crackers, cheese, nuts, dried fruit and grapes, along with cloth napkins (and napkin rings), plates, tiny salt & pepper shakers, and greenery for the tablescape (truth be told, my hubby stole a few leaves from a planter at the Tampa airport). Everyone in our aisle was goose-necking to see what was going on, and I’m sure they wished they had our snacks (we did share, by the way). When the attendant reached us, she couldn’t stop laughing as we tucked our lime wedge/cherry flags into our ‘free’ sodas.
It was so much fun and we got a huge response on social media. Now, whenever we travel together (it’s easier to pull off when you have a partner), we come up with a new theme. The last one was on our trip to Chicago for Thanksgiving — it included a roaring fire video via the iPhone, and a little pumpkin that said “Be Thankful.” The flight attendant thought it was awesome, even snapping pics with her phone.
Not sure what our theme will be for our upcoming Thanksgiving flight to Chicago, but stay tuned. . .
I highly encourage you to have a “picnic in the sky” — all it takes is a little creativity, some good packing skills, and a great sense of humor, which all make a delicious recipe for fun 🙂
Love the plane snacks! brilliant! Holiday hugs!
I’m sure you’d be ‘game’ for something fun like this the next time you board a plane 🙂 Hugs to you, too!
My husband just read your post. He knows I have seen it. He is fearful now to travel with me. He knows I have been inspired.
We all know that all you need is a shred of inspiration, and you end up doing wonderful things, so I can’t wait to hear about your next airplane snack menu 🙂
Lovely idea! I always bring my own snacks but now I’ll step it up a notch! Also great pics of you!
Yeah! Life is short – have some fun and step it up a notch.
Omg! Love this! Brilliant idea! Love your creative mind!
Thanks Candy! I think you and Eddy should give this a try 🙂
Nicole this is hilarious. I bet the FA’s were talking about you. Great idea!
Glad you enjoyed it. I hope we gave them a little chuckle 🙂
You seem to outdo yourself with each new blog! This was such a treat to read. Being with you and Brendan is always so much fun. Love you both!!
I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! We try to have a little bit of fun every day, so why not at 30,000 feet?
That is so fun and delicious.
Thanks Brendan – my partner in crime 🙂
I don’t think I can beat your beautiful spread complete with fireplace, but you certainly have inspired me to try. It will definitely make my flight more enjoyable!!! Thanks for this GREAT idea!
How exciting! As a fellow foodie, I’m certain that you’ll come up with something fun (and delicious).
Nicole, you have outdone yourself with this post. I love it. My husband gives me such a hard time about my insistence on carrying my own snacks on the plane. Granted, I carry unreasonable amounts of snacking items. Frequently I have to empty my entire carry on tote so they can see what’s in there. (When did cheese and crackers and grapes become suspicious contraband?) But with this glowing fireplace you have taken me to a whole new level. I’m going to surprise and embarrass my husband on our next flight with your ideas. I think your pumpkin granola could make an appearance on Delta soon. I can’t wait.
I knew I like you, Wendy! I’m looking forward to hearing about your next flight, with all your delicious treats 🙂
I just love this! ❤️ Happy travels!
Thank you! Looking forward to seeing pics of your ‘picnic in the sky’ the next time you fly 🙂
I love this!!!
Thank you! I’ll be expecting to hear about your very own ‘sky picnic’ the next time you take a trip 🙂
Loved it! Your blog postings are always entertaining. Thank you Nicole…
Thanks Tina – so glad you enjoy my posts!
Kathleen Di Giorgio
Loved your piece on Boston. We are also going to a wedding in San Diego. I will bring some some of the snacks you mentioned. Thanks
So glad you enjoyed it! Please let me know how your sky picnic turns out 🙂