Inspiration for the Perfect Spring Picnic

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    How to Enjoy Picnic Weather

    Beautiful spring picnic
    Milles Studio/ Stocksy

    You know it’s time to roll out the gingham blanket when temperatures feel just right 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. The elements of a perfect picnic? A beautiful location, cohesive theme, delicious food, comfy blanket and fun accessories.

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    Location

    friends walking to picic
    Image Source/ Getty Images

    As with real estate, the location of your picnic is the most important consideration. It will help inform both attire and food—you can't very well wear wedges and a sundress or serve an elaborate spread if you have to hike to the location.

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    Picnic in the Park

    public park
    Vince Cavataio/ Getty Images

    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. 

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    Field of Flowers

    Field of flowers
    David Keaton/ Getty Images

    Bask in the sun's rays while enjoying all the beauty that mother nature has to offer. Packing a lunch that highlights seasonal, locally grown ingredients seems like the perfect choice here.

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    Greenhouse Picnic

    Greenhouse Picnic
    Design Love Fest

    If the weather isn’t on your side relocate your party to an indoor, covered space like a greenhouse. You will have all the elements 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.

    Greenhouse Picnic from Design Love Fest

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    Beach Day

    beach picnic
    Thefieldguide/ Twenty20

    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.

     

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    Theme

    garden party
    ChampagneProjects/ Twenty20

    Okay, so a theme isn't a picnic requirement per se, but if you're throwing an Insta-worthy party, you better have some sort of through line to tie the event together. This can be a specific theme, mood, or even color scheme. You'll find having these elements in mind helps when you're hit with decision paralysis. 

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    A Boho Picnic

    Boho Picnic
    Camille Styles

    A spring picnic with a bohemian feel is a relaxed way to approach outdoor entertaining. A couple of Moroccan-inspired poufs, some rattan and festive floor pillows are details that make this picnic theme stand out.


    A Bohemian Picnic from Camille Styles

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    A Vintage-Inspired Picnic

    Vintage Picnic
    Could I Have That

    Surrounding yourself with hand picked vintage picnic pieces creates a unique experience for your guests. Each serving item is one of a kind and feels like a thoughtful touch.

    Spring Picnic from Could I Have That

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    A Rainbow Picnic

    Farmer's Market Fresh
    Camille Styles

    We love the idea of a rainbow picnic to celebrate Earth Day (and every other day) this spring.

    Rainbow Picnic from Camille Styles

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    A Colorful Picnic

    Colorful Picnic
    Oh Happy Day

    This colorful picnic theme is the perfect way to cheer up those gray days we find in early spring. Serve fresh fruit, candy-colored bottles of soda and other vibrant fare.


    Colorful Indoor Picnic from Oh Happy Day

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    A Classic Picnic

    classic picnic
    Corrine_t/ Twenty20

    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 pick some from the nearest field.

     

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    Blanket

    picnic blanket
    Tom Merton/ Getty Images

    While any old blanket, towel or sheet will suffice, having a pretty blanket to feast on can really tie your theme together.  

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    No-Sew Picnic Blanket

    No - Sew Picnic Blanket
    A Subtle Revelry

    Not all DIY projects take a ton of time and energy to complete. We love no-sew blanket options for those of us with little spare time (or sewing skills). Often a simple drop cloth is a great starting point for a very practical picnic project.

    DIY No-Sew Picnic Blanket from A Subtle Revelry

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    Pillows and Layered Blankets

    Outdoor Gathering
    Could I Have That?

    Layer those blankets and haul out some spare pillows for an extra cushy picnic experience. If comfort is your number one priority, invest in a few throwbeds, which make lounging on the ground an enjoyable experience. 

    Spring Picnic from Could I Have That

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    American Flag Picnic Blanket

    DIY American Flag Picnic Blanket
    The House That Lars Built

    Use this DIY American flag picnic basket for Memorial Day and re-use it again for the 4th of July. This flag blanket will definitely make a statement at the park.


    DIY American Flag Picnic Blanket from The House That Lars Built 

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    Portable Picnic Table

    low picnic table DIY
    Holtwood Hipster

    Eating on a blanket with a table can be a challenge if you are planning a larger meal (or just want to avoid the bugs). 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, like we show here.

    Low-rise picnic table DIY from Holtwood Hipster

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    Watermelon Picnic Blanket

    Watermelon Blanket
    The House That Lars Built

    There is a special feeling that comes with touting around a picnic blanket you’ve made yourself. Perfect for summer feasts, this watermelon blanket is sure to make you smile.

    DIY Watermelon Picnic Blanket from The House That Lars Built

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    French Linens

    French Linens
    Cannelle et Vanille

    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, light and make everything you place on them look so pulled together.

    French Linens from Cannelle et Vanille

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    Food

    Picnic spread
    Samyruby/ Twenty20

    A picnic without food is a sorry sight. After all, the meal is what 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 in mind the weather and how far you'll need to travel to the picnic site—no one wants to eat a wilted salad or soggy sandwiches.

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    Mason Jar Meals

    Mason jar meals
    The Decorated Cookie

    This idea is for those picnic fans who prefer to plan ahead. A mason jar meal helps avoid the hefty clean-up post-picnic, and keeps ingredients from getting soggy. Plus these recipes are delicious!

    Mason Jar Meals from The Decorated Cookie

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    Tartines, Tartines, Tartines

    tartines
    Cannelle et Vanille

    A tartines only picnic is such a fun idea! Get creative with your seasonal toppings to create tasty open-faced sandwiches to share. This fare is simple, light and very spring picnic appropriate.

    Tartines from Cannelle et Vanille

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    Cheese + Charcuterie Board

    Meat and Cheese Board
    Camille Styles

    Gather your cutting boards and serving plates to pile on the cheese and charcuterie. A picnic favorite and no brainer, there will is very little prep required. 

    Cheese + Charcuterie Board from Camille Styles

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    Pan Bagnet

    Pan Bagnet
    The Golden Girl

    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.

    Pan Pagnet from The Golden Girl Blog

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    Edible Flower Popsicles

    Edible Flower Popsicles
    Design Love Fest

    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.

    Edible Flower Popsicles from Design Love Fest

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    Accessories

    Elaborate picnic
    ChampagneProjects/ Twenty20

    The right accessories can help take your picnic to the next level (or just make hauling your supplies around a little bit easier). From over-the-top decorations to more practical options, here are a few of our favorite ideas.

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    Watercooler Makeover

    DIY Watercooler
    Almost Makes Perfect

    Water 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.

    DIY Watercooler Makeover from Almost Makes Perfect

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    Build a Teepee

    Teepee
    Poppy Deyes

    Making a teepee is as simple as hanging an everyday sheet over a tree branch. If you want to step up your teepee game get creative with the material.  A painted canvas or Moroccan blanket can add a special touch to your setting.

    Host the Perfect Picnic from Poppy Deyes

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    Picnic Bag

    Picnic Bag
    A Cup of Jo

    This picnic basket is perfect for the park dwellers on the go. Ideal for city living this convenient picnic bag can be an all in one when you are toting your meal to and from picnic time.

    Picnic Bag from A Cup of Jo

     

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    Basket Liner

    Picnic Liner
    Design Sponge

    Those picnic goers who love to stay organize will be really into this DIY basket liner. Your serveware, utensils and snacks will all have their dedicated spot in your picnic tote. 

    DIY Basket Liner from Design Sponge

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    Balloon Wall

    Balloon Wall
    The House That Lars Built

    A balloon wall is a sweet way to celebrate an occasion at the park. All your guests will locate the party with ease and can each take home a bundle of balloons as a favor.

    DIY Balloon Wall from The House That Lars Built