Once spring temperatures arrive, it's time to pack some food and roll out the blanket for picnic season. The weather is so pleasant that it feels like a crime not to enjoy a lovely spread in the nearest bit of outdoor space available. What you do for your picnic comes down to your personal preferences, but the elements remain the same: a beautiful location, cohesive theme, comfy blanket, delicious food, and fun accessories. Here's some inspiration to help you plan the perfect picnic.
The location of your picnic is the most important consideration. It will help to inform both the attire and the food. For instance, you can't wear wedges and a sundress or serve an elaborate spread if you have to hike to the location.
Picnic in the Park
No pretension here! A picnic in your local park is a classic choice. You can generally find bathrooms, charcoal grills, and picnic tables available for anyone to use. This can cut down on the items you have to bring with you.
Field of Flowers
Bask in the sun's rays while enjoying all the beauty that nature has to offer. Packing a lunch that highlights seasonal, locally grown ingredients is the perfect choice for a picnic in a field of flowers. Just make sure no one has seasonal allergies before you select this as your location.
If the weather isn’t on your side, relocate your party to an indoor space, such as a greenhouse. You will have all the benefits of the outdoors but with protection from the elements. A greenhouse picnic can also be fun on a bright, sunny day as well just because it’s such a beautiful backdrop for entertaining.
A picnic isn’t only reserved for parks. Consider taking your picnic to the beach this spring. Depending on your location, you might be early for swimming. But you will be just in time to soak in some rays without the hassle of a crowd.
A theme isn't a picnic requirement per se. But if you're throwing an Insta-worthy party, you need some sort of through-line to tie the event together. This can be a specific theme or even a color scheme. You'll find having these elements in mind helps when you're hit with decision paralysis.
Surrounding yourself with handpicked vintage picnic pieces will create a unique experience for your guests. Each serving item is one of a kind and feels like a thoughtful touch. Plus, this picnic theme can be very elegant and make an ideal setting for a romantic date.
We love the idea of a rainbow picnic to celebrate Earth Day (and every other day) in the spring. Simply incorporate lots of color for your theme. Produce in varying shades, as well as bright cut flowers, are ideal for the spread.
Similar to the rainbow picnic, this colorful picnic theme is the perfect way to cheer up those gray days in the early spring. Mix and match all of your favorite colors to create a fun atmosphere. Serve fresh fruit, candy-colored bottles of soda, and other vibrant fare.
The opposite of an overly stylish picnic is one with just the bare necessities: a blanket, some food (whether it be homemade or takeout), and the people you love. If you forgot the flowers, don’t worry! You can just enjoy some blooming in nature.
Any old blanket, towel, or sheet will suffice for a picnic. But having a pretty blanket to feast on can really tie together your theme and take your picnic to the next level.
Pillows and Layered Blankets
Layer those blankets, and haul out some spare pillows for an extra cushy picnic experience. If comfort is your toppriority, invest in a few outdoor chair cushions to make lounging on the ground an enjoyable experience.
American Flag Picnic Blanket
Use this DIY American flag picnic blanket for Memorial Day, and then reuse it for the Fourth of July. This flag blanket is perfect for picnics on patriotic holidays or any other day. Plus, it's simple to make with inexpensive canvas and some paint.
Portable Picnic Table
For elaborate feasts, consider DIYing a low picnic table. A few pieces of plywood can yield a perfectly serviceable, rustic table. Or make something a little more finished as shown here. As a benefit, raising your food off the blanket and onto a solid surface reduces the risk of accidental spills.
Watermelon Picnic Blanket
There is a special feeling that comes with eating off of a picnic blanket you’ve made yourself. Perfect for warm-weather feasts, this watermelon blanket is sure to make you smile. And it's fun and easy to make with some fabric and fabric paint.
If you can bear to use your vintage French linens as picnic blankets, they do make a beautiful accessory for the spring picnic season. French linens feel airy and light, and they make everything you place on them look so pulled together. Make sure the linens are washable, so you don't regret any spills or grass stains.
It's the meal that turns "some people sitting on a blanket outdoors" into a bona fide picnic. From elaborate lunches to just cheese and wine, there are plenty of menu options to consider. Keep the weather in mind and how far you'll need to travel to the picnic site. No one wants to eat a wilted salad or soggy sandwiches.
Mason Jar Meals
This idea is for those picnic fans who prefer to plan ahead. A mason jar meal helps to avoid the hefty cleanup post-picnic, and it keeps ingredients from getting soggy. Plus, most recipes pack well in mason jars, so you can tailor them to your tastes.
Tartines, Tartines, Tartines
A tartines-only picnic is such a fun idea. Get creative with your seasonal toppings to make tasty open-faced sandwiches to share. This fare is simple, light, and very spring picnic appropriate.
Cheese and Charcuterie Board
Gather your cutting boards and serving plates to pile on the cheese and charcuterie. Very little prep is involved in this picnic favorite. It packs well, and it's easy to set up once you arrive at your picnic destination.
A pan bagnet is a French picnic sandwich that your guests will love to share. This sandwich is convenient and easy, as you only need one big loaf with your favorite toppings versus many small personal sandwiches. Just don't forget a good knife to cut the bagnet for everyone.
Edible Flower Popsicles
Edible flowers, herbs, and berries make for the prettiest desserts. Simple to make and easy on the eyes, these flower popsicles are a festive way to cool off at your picnic. Unless you have a very good cooler, they're best for picnics where you don't have to travel far to your destination.
The right accessories can help to take your picnic to the next level (or just to make hauling your supplies a little bit easier). From over-the-top decorations to more practical options, here are a few of our favorite ideas.
Coolers have a certain tailgate kind of vibe that doesn’t make for the most visually pleasing picnic accessory. This easy DIY tutorial turns your run-of-the-mill cooler into something that looks much more high end. It uses wood grain contact paper to cover the cooler lid, making it almost look like a pretty tabletop.
This picnic bag is a twist on the traditional basket. The streamlined bag is much easier to haul around compared to a clunky large basket, making it a great option if you have to walk a ways to your destination or are traveling on public transit. Plus, it still has enough space to hold all of your picnic supplies, including plenty of pockets to keep you organized.
Those picnic-goers who love to stay organized will be really into this DIY basket liner. Your dishes, utensils, and snacks will all have their dedicated spots in your basket, thanks to pockets sewn into the liner. Plus, you can customize the fabric and style to your liking.
A balloon wall is a sweet way to celebrate an occasion at the park. Simply surround your picnic blanket with several balloons anchored to the ground for a fun and whimsical atmosphere. Plus, the balloons make a festive backdrop for photos of you enjoying the nice spring weather at your picnic.
DIY Balloon Wall from