Things have certainly changed. Remember the days when you just threw a couple of sandwiches and chips in a wicker basket and called it a picnic. The current trend for an outdoor picnic is all about aesthetics, and there’s no such thing as too extra.
We’re talking lavish charcuterie boards, catered meals, fancy ground pillows, fancy china, and real silverware. Plastic and paper? Not here! There are even designers specifically for picnics. And for special occasions, these extravagant picnics are definitely worth the hype. (You have to respect the hustle of all of my picnic designers out there). But whether you want to do it up Kardashian style. Or pull out your checker tablecloth and wicker basket; here are a few pointers for creating the perfect outdoor picnic.
PICKING OUT THE LOCATION
Other than the person going on the picnic with you. The location is probably the top priority in creating a successful picnic. There are endless choices for the location of your picnic for places where you can set up. For example, traditional settings like a secluded park or a dock overlooking a lake are all great. But, don’t overlook creative locations in the city, such as a rooftop garden, botanical gardens, or an outdoor concert. Your living room can also be a perfect destination for a picnic. Move the furniture, spread out a blanket. Throw some pillows and enjoy the view, the food, and the company in your own home. It’s totally up to you whether you want to keep it traditional. Or do things a little differently when choosing a location.
ITEMS THAT ARE ESSENTIAL
You’ve got the perfect location, so now what. Well, that’s up to you! Personally, I keep it simple- blankets, plastic wear, paper plates, cups, and if I’m feeling fancy, maybe some flowers. After the picnic, I toss everything in the trash, easy peasy. But, if you don’t mind the extra work, use nice linens, fancy plates, and real crystal and silverware. Choosing a picnic theme can also be fun, for example, April in Paris or Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
FOOD TO BRING
I’m all about homemade sandwiches, fruit/vegetable platters, boxed wine, and maybe some cheese (if I’m feeling it) for my picnics. If you’re not feeling sandwiches and cubed cheese, try to plan for a cooked meal or have it catered. Keep the food-related to your theme if you have one. Have a themed cocktail, or serve different wines with the courses. You can even hire a server for the day. So you can just sit back and relax without lifting a finger.
For me, picnics are all about games and music. I even have playlists that I created just for my picnics. I also like to always bring cards and games like UNO or Jenga. If you’re looking to strictly relax, some nice music can do.
Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to create a picnic. It’s entirely up to you, and if you’re stressing about it, you’re missing the point. Relax, do what feels right for you, and most of all, have fun!