How to Host a Summer Picnic

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 Find your picnic spot, grab a bunch of friends, prepare some delicious nibbles, enjoy the warm weather and just for a moment, forget about the passing of time and just BE in the moment.

Here's a few tips to get you on your way to hosting a picture perfect picnic.


Plan for the weather

Something that is easily overlooked is the weather. Temper-mental by nature, its always good to be prepared. Pick a spot with some shade or bust out an umbrella or tent. Either way, don't forget to wear sunscreen!

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Byron Bay BeachLife Sunshade  $145

Byron Bay BeachLife Sunshade  $145

Kerry Cassill Fringed Beach Umbrella $198

Kerry Cassill Fringed Beach Umbrella $198

Basil Bangs Calypso Beach Umbrella $279

Basil Bangs Calypso Beach Umbrella $279


Create a comfy area

Just because you're not setting a table doesn't mean you can't lay out your linens. Leave the all-white behind (because grass stains), throw some cushions in the mix and unfold linen tea towels atop a striped blanket or beach towel. The more layers, the better. 

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West Elm Striped Picnic Throw $59

West Elm Striped Picnic Throw $59

Target Flamingo Outdoor Cushion $25

Target Flamingo Outdoor Cushion $25

Country Road Tea towel 3pk

Country Road Tea towel 3pk


Fuss free nibbles

Opt for food that is easy to transport and can hold up in warmer weather or even better, that don’t require plates. Sandwiches are great for kids and adults alike but this recipe from Massimo Mele of pancetta wrapped figs are a wonderful option that your friends will absolutely love! Or, if you're too lazy, pick up some gourmet goodies and ask your caterer to incorporate fresh seasonal produce. About Life has a great selection of deliciously nutritious catering options.

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Target Round Wooden Board $25

Target Round Wooden Board $25

Sunny Life Cooler Box $100

Sunny Life Cooler Box $100


Something special

What's a picnic without a little bubbly? Italian Sparkling wines complement a wide variety of foods and are generally not highly alcoholic. A simple addition like this let's your friends know that they're in for a good time, and that you really thought about details. For a non-alcoholic option, infuse water and drinks. This is something you can do ahead of time and it just adds a little extra something to your drinks. Strawberries and mint to water is my summer go-to.  

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Riccadonna Ruby $10

Riccadonna Ruby $10

Apolis Scribe Wine Tote $88 USD

Apolis Scribe Wine Tote $88 USD

 

Have fun

Have fun. If you're not having a good time, what was the point of doing it? 

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